As the “Sussex Carol”—an underappreciated carol and one of my favorites for the season—asks:

Then why should men on earth be sad,
Since our Redeemer made us glad?

Well, one answer is that Georgetown just got schooled by the Memphis Tigers in one of the ugliest performances I’ve seen since the Hoyas returned to the upper reaches of college basketball. I know hardly anyone among First Things’ readers shares my love for the Hoyas, but it will take a few hours for Christmas cheer to return to our house.

Articles by Joseph Bottum

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