Merry Christmas!

"Gerard van Honthorst - Adoration of the Shepherds (1622)" by Gerard van Honthorst

Merry Christmas! As 2015 comes to a close, I want to thank all of my faithful readers both here, and on Facebook, for following my blog. I have completed my schooling and should be able to get back to blogging a little more frequently now.

I also want to take this moment to announce a return to a more traditional style. Back when I started this blog, I called it 'Catholic in the Ozarks', and its focus was primarily on Catholic apologetics and random musings about life as a Catholic in this part of the United States. However, ever since the election of Pope Francis, and particularly after the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, my focus had shifted more on to current events within the Church. I've decided to get away from that now, and go back to what I do best, which is apologetics and random musings. Naturally, I may still touch on a current event from time to time, but this will no longer be something I put a lot of time into. There are many other Catholic bloggers who do a wonderful job at this. I'll leave it to them.

So it's back to the Ozarks for me, and what it's like to live as a Catholic here in the strange wonderland they call the 'Bible Belt'.  The name 'Fully Christian' will stay, and I've explained why I'm using that. It is essential for evangelistic and apologetic purposes. I have great hopes that 2016 will be a very eventful year for me personally, and also for the Church in general. For now, I'm off to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas, and I do hope you all will join me in keeping the feast. Leave that Christmas tree up until the Epiphany. Keep that Christmas music playing. Visit family and friends, and most importantly, take this time to go to mass more frequently. God bless and Merry Christmas!


Shane Schaetzel is an author of Catholic books and a columnist for Christian print magazines and online publications. He is a freelance writer and the creator of '' Your support is what makes essays like this possible. This essay and all of Shane's Internet resources come to you (ad-free) thanks to the generosity of benefactors. Please consider becoming a benefactor.

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Pair O' Dimes said…
Merry Christmas to you and your family and loved ones! God bless you all!

Please pray for me--I'm going back to school again come the new year.
Merry Christmas To you Shane from here in Australia .
Arminius said…
Merry Christmas from a transplanted Ozarkian.