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Worshippers follow along with the service during Christmas Mass celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A woman lights a candle during Christmas Mass celebrated by Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Christmas Day, Washington, D.C., Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Altar servers wait in the wings as Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrates Christmas Mass held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Christmas Day, Washington, D.C., Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl greets a young worshiper during Christmas Mass held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Christmas Day, Washington, D.C., Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl makes his way down the center isle at the beginning of Christmas Mass held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Christmas Day, Washington, D.C., Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A woman and two girls share a silent moment in prayer together as the Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrates Christmas Mass held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Christmas Day, Washington, D.C., Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Antonio Alarcon opens the door to a shrine for the Virgin of Charity outside his home decorated in Christmas lights on Christmas Eve in Havana, Cuba, late Saturday Dec. 24, 2011. Cuban faithful celebrating Christmas say they have plenty to cheer this year as they prepare for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI, the first visit by a pontiff to the Communist-run island since John Paul II's historic tour nearly 14 years ago. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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Stamford, Conn., Mayor Michael Pavia (right) and Acting Fire Chief Antonio Conte give a brief statement about a house fire that killed five people on Christmas morning, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Stamford Advocate, Lindsay Niegelberg )

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The Duchess of Cambridge (right), nee Kate Middleton, receives flowers from children after she and other members of the royal family attended Christmas services at St. Mary Magdelene Church on the grounds of Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth II's Norfolk retreat, in northeast England on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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Archbishop Fouad Twal, the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, carries a statuette of baby Jesus during the Christmas midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem early on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, Pool)

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A young man shows off the Nike Air Jordan shoes he got for Christmas from his parents Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Danese Kenon)

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AW-W-W: 58 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats in the Washington area "believe in Santa and the magic of Christmas" says a WTOP poll. (AP photo)

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Flood debris awaits pickup in front of a Christmas manger scene Wednesday at a West Pittston, Pa., home. Months after a tropical storm caused Susquehanna River flooding, many will be out of their homes for Christmas. (Associated Press)

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In this photo released by CBS, host David Letterman, right, and comic Jay Thomas get ready to throw footballs at the Late Show Christmas tree during the annual Late Show Holiday Quarterback Challenge on the set of "Late Show with David Letterman," airing Thursday, Dec. 23, 2011 on the CBS Television Network. Thomas and Letterman each take turns tossing footballs at the Late Show Christmas tree to try and knock off the giant meatball perched at its top. (AP Photo/CBS, John Paul Filo)

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Party: James Brown Death-Mas Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25? It's not like ours was the calendar in use at the birth of common era, or that there is any scholarly evidence that Jesus of Nazareth was born in the dead of winter. There is quite a bit of scholarly evidence, however, that James Brown, godfather of soul, has an ironclad claim to Dec. 25: It is his death day. Brown was admitted to a hospital on Christmas Eve in 2006, and died the next day of complications from pneumonia. In honor of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Black Cat is throwing a James Brown Death-Mas Bash. DJ Soul Call Paul and the James Brown Revue promise to "RESURRECT the man and his music in a Christmas dance party for the ages." Dec. 25 at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Phone: (202) 667-7960. Web: http://www.blackcatdc.com/

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Visitors are reflected next to a Christmas tree on the rain-streaked Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Stella Melley of Alexandria looks at the U.S. Botanical Garden's Christmas tree, part of the "Seasons Greenings" exhibit, which she visits with her 5-year-old daughter, Quinn, and 4-year-old son, Griffin, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Children at Christ Church in Alexandria portray biblical characters during the church's Christmas pageant in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Jack Wilmer of Alexandria holds his 16-month-old grandson, Johnny Wilmer, during the Christ Church Christmas pageant in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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The pews are filled during the performance of the Nativity scene during the Christ Church Christmas pageant in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)