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  • Turkey requests Santa Claus’ bones from Pope

    12/25/2013 10:30:44 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 69 replies
    The Turkey-based Santa Claus Peace Council has said it has written a letter to Pope Francis, requesting the return of the bones of Saint Nicholas. Council Chairman Muammer Karabulut said they were expecting Pope Francis to give a positive response to their request to have a meeting on the bones, which are currently in Bari, Italy. “We have been struggling for the return of the bones since 1995. State institutions have also been involved in this struggle,” Karabulut said. “So far, we have not reached a conclusion.” Saint Nicholas, a historic Christian saint, died in 343 at the age of...
  • Santa Just Shot by Pellet Gun in Southeast D.C.

    12/24/2013 9:04:50 AM PST · by conservaterian · 66 replies
    Just saw this on local D.C. news..they even had it on video. Unbelievable, he was there for a toy give-away when he was shot.
  • NORAD’s Santa-tracking began with a wrong number

    12/23/2013 8:14:49 PM PST · by TBP · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 22, 2013 | Michael Gartland
    NORAD’s tradition of tracking Santa’s sleigh began with a wrong number. Right before Christmas in 1955, Sears ran an ad offering millions of toy-hungry girls and boys the chance to talk to the big man himself. In Colorado Springs, the retailer published the local phone number to the North Pole as ME 2-6681. Modal TriggerCol. Harry Shoup There was only one problem: The number was one digit off. And that wrong number rang on the desk of a high-ranking officer in a bunker at the Continental Air Defense Command — the predecessor of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which has...
  • White House’s Secret Santa gift: Extra day to sign up for Obamacare

    12/23/2013 1:39:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/23/13 | Tom Howell Jr.
    People hoping to gain health insurance through the new health care law by Jan. 1 now have an extra 24 hours to enroll, due to a quiet move by the Obama administration. Government officials and contractors tweaked some software to make sure that anyone who enrolled by 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve still would still obtain coverage by the dawn of the new year, and insisted the deadline — at least on paper — is still today. “We recognize that many have chosen to make their final decisions on today’s deadline and we are committed to making sure they can...
  • Ho! Ho! Ho!

    12/22/2013 4:52:49 PM PST · by mlizzy · 7 replies
    Vanity | 12-22-13 | mlizzy
    After we attended a Traditional Latin Mass in the area today, we drove to a different parish that houses a Crypt of the Saints, to make for a special Christmastime morning. And during the commute, we saw Santa! A two-story Santa!! My husband remarked that if they had a nativity scene that large in their front yard, they'd be arrested.
  • Santa is Not Only White – He’s Also Republican!

    12/18/2013 5:48:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    t seems apropos to mention something controversial about Santa Claus, given the recent furor over his skin pigmentation. (Because, ya know, early Catholic Bishops and German folklore characters are traditionally such a multicultural crowd.) But, my controversial comment about old Saint Nick has little to do with his racial identification. You see, I have given it many hours of thought (no… I have no life), and I am convinced that Kris Kringle is (undoubtedly) a member of the Republican Party. Wait! Hear me out! He may not be a Gadsden-flag-waving member of the tea party, but he definitely belongs to...
  • School slams door on Santa

    12/17/2013 6:45:22 PM PST · by workerbee · 16 replies
    Fox ^ | 12/17/13 | Todd Starnes
    Christmas in Connecticut feels a little less Christmas-y in one high school after a teacher told students they could not decorate the classroom door with Santa Claus or Christmas trees. “This is political correctness run amuck,” an outraged mom told me. Her child attends Fairfield Ludlowe High School. The entire school is involved in a door decorating contest. This is what happens when you allow the patchouli and granola crowd to teach our kids.Students in her child’s class tossed out some ideas for a Christmas-themed door. One student suggested a Christmas tree and another student suggested a Santa Claus-inspired fireplace...
  • Daddy, That's Not Santa!

    12/17/2013 5:15:20 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 17 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Men dressed as Santa pummel each other in bizarre fight [VIDEO]

    12/16/2013 3:50:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/16/13 | Sarah Hofmann
    The costumed New York City bar crawl SantaCon was initially created to marry getting into the holiday spirit and copious amounts of alcohol. Unfortunately, when revelers have been drinking all day, things tend to get out of hand.
  • Teacher under fire for racist Santa remarks

    12/16/2013 2:31:23 PM PST · by LonelyCon · 31 replies
    KOB-4 ^ | 12/16/2013 | Erica Zucco
    A Rio Rancho teen just wanted to dress up for the holidays at his school. Other kids dressed as Santa, so he did too. Now, his teacher is under fire for a comment he made that some parents are calling racist. Students at Cleveland High School were told they could dress up as Santa, elves or reindeer. But when a black student chose to be Santa Claus, he was called out for the color of his skin. "Christopher, don't you know Santa Claus is white? Why are you wearing that?" Michael Rougier remembered. When Rougier learned that is how a...
  • Perfect Storm Of Pointless: MSNBC’s Finney Interviews MSNBC’s Perry About Fox News’ Kelly ...

    12/14/2013 7:50:48 PM PST · by absentee · 9 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 12/14/2013 | Caleb Howe
    Today on Disrupt with Karen Finney on MSNBC, MSNBC's Finney brings on special guest MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss the story of Megyn Kelly's Fox News story about whether the story of Santa Claus is a story about some old white guy or rather, instead, should be a story about a penguin in a hat. [Non-embeddable video was here] The point of this pointless conversation is that everyone should be willing to "have that conversation" because it's "worth having a conversation about" due to the fact that there are a lot of "interesting Santa conversations to be had." It's a...
  • Red Eye Panel On White Santa: Andy Levy Says “Make Him Or Her Purple”

    12/14/2013 2:13:06 PM PST · by absentee · 17 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 12/14/2013 | Caleb Howe
    In the ongoing saga of “This Week’s Ginned Up Nothingtroversy”, the Red Eye panel dives in to discuss the implications of the ethnicity of Santa Claus. Is he white? Is he black? Does he lay eggs? Red Eye asks the questions, and then answers different questions: (VIDEO)
  • Merry Christmas, 1913

    12/14/2013 4:06:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2013 | Bill O' Reilly
    One hundred years ago in America, Christmas was a mighty different situation. Based on newspaper reports, MyHeritage.com recently put together a list of the most-asked-for gifts by children who lived back then. Here are the top five requests: --Candy. --Nuts. --Rocking Horse. --Doll. --Mittens. It's a modest list, to say the least, but reflective of a time that was far less complicated than society is today. Now, kids rule in many homes. And Santa is under siege. This year, the top five kid-wants according to retailers are: --Furby Boom. --Teksta Robotic Puppy. --LeapPad Ultra. --Flutterbye Flying Fairy. --Big Hugs...
  • Fox News host Megyn Kelly says Jesus and Santa are white

    12/12/2013 7:33:20 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 111 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/12/13 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Fox News host Megyn Kelly has made herself the center of a racial controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white. On Wednesday night, Kelly was responding to an article by Slate writer Aisha Harris, who wrote an article entitled “ Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore .” The popular news host told viewers of “The Kelly File,” her hit FNC program, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it's racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all...
  • Greenpeace ‘Santa’: Christmas canceled unless world halts global warming

    12/12/2013 4:07:51 PM PST · by mojito · 15 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 12/9/2013 | Doug Powers
    The global warming crowd is out to prove that “deniers” are anti-science and their arguments aren’t based in reality, and what better way to counter them than by having Santa Claus make the “green” case? At the beginning of the video, it was kind of rude of Greenpeace UK to interrupt “Santa” while he was taking a whiz: Greenpeace UK is soliciting donations to combat global warming with a video entitled “An Urgent Message From Santa.” The video features a deeply depressed, creepy-looking Santa who claims that “melting ice” at the North Pole will force him to “cancel Christmas” unless...
  • Megyn Kelly: Jesus and Santa were white

    12/12/2013 10:45:00 AM PST · by Oliviaforever · 154 replies
    Politico ^ | 12-12-13 | HADAS GOLD
    On Wednesday night Megyn Kelly declared on her Fox News show that both Santa Claus and Jesus were white. Discussing a piece in Slate by Aisha Harris about a black versus white Santa, Kelly that "just because it makes you feel uncomfortable it doesn't mean it has to change."
  • Michelle Obama's death stare isn't just for Barack, you should see what she's got for Santa...

    12/12/2013 9:37:34 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 20 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-12-13 | The Looking Spoon
    We don't hear too much about Let's Move anymore. I'm still hoping it turns into an initiative to leave the White House before 2017...
  • Is Santa Liberal Or Conservative?

    12/04/2013 5:09:03 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 18 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-4-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Last year a poll was conducted where more people thought Santa was a Democrat. I did a graphic for this back then in response to this, but I've updated it with a few new items to consider.In last year's post it was a real squeaker...but this year one side really runs away with it...
  • Suspect named in Santa Monica rampage that left four dead, one gravely injured

    06/09/2013 12:09:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/08/13 | Alexis Levinson
    A suspect has been identified in the shooting rampage that left four people dead and one gravely injured Friday in various locations around Santa Monica, California and culminated on Santa Monica College Campus. One of those dead was the alleged shooter, whom the Los Angeles Times has identified as John Zawahri, citing five law enforcement sources in Los Angeles and Washington. Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said at a press conference Saturday that the shooter was 23-years-old on Friday, and would have turned 24 on Saturday. She declined to identify him at this point, saying the family had not...
  • Yes, Vigginia, There Is A Santa Claus: Barack-O-Clause

    12/28/2012 8:05:48 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-28-2012 | MOTUS
      Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Butt he’s probably not who you think he is. (snip) Take Touré for example, who’s waging his own private war on Christmas by attacking Santa Claus. Imagine: a smug, arrogant preppy, half-black dude with a cool name lecturing us on Santa Claus Now imagine that poseur on steroids Touré Neblett has been much criticized for his refusal to lie to his children about Santa Claus: (snip)“My 5-year-old and 3-year-old, we didn’t talk about Santa at all,” he explained. “I went shopping with them and let Hendrix pick out a present for himself...
  • Christmas in California: rejoice, celebrate

    12/25/2012 9:39:31 AM PST · by dragnet2 · 14 replies
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | 12/25/2012 | KAREN KELSO
    Christmas in California: rejoice, celebrate Christmas in California is special. Beaches, mountains, the rich earthy smell of damp eucalyptus. You will see surfing Santas and snow in the mountains for the reindeer. Wherever you are, pause a moment; savor the beauty and wonder of the day and of this place.
  • Santa plays a prank on young Jewish girl

    12/25/2012 5:42:55 AM PST · by expat1000 · 5 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | December 23, 2012 | David Ross
    A young Jewish girl was pranked by Santa after she refused to believe that Santa comes to Jewish houses. While celebrating Chanukah the young Jewish girl opened her mother’s closet and found Christmas presents with her name on it. 4-year-old Ashley questioned her mother about the gifts. Her mother Amy said that Santa dropped the gifts off early. The family participated in a Christmas celebration at the girl’s aunt’s house, but clever Ashley did not believe the reasoning. That is when Ashley’s father asked his co workers at Z100 radio show to pretend to be Santa and prank call his...
  • Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa?

    12/24/2012 5:43:19 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 27 replies
    MentalFloss ^ | 12-24-2012 | Matt Soniak
    December 24, 2012 Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa? Matt Soniak On December 24, 1955, the red telephone at the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado began ringing.The red phone meant it was either the Pentagon or CONAD commander in chief General Earle Partridge on the other end, and their reason for calling would probably not be pleasant.U.S. Air Force Col. Harry Shoup, director of operations at the center, rushed over to the phone and grabbed it.“Yes Sir, this is Colonel Shoup,” he barked.Nothing but silence in response.“Sir?” This is Colonel Shoup,” he said.Silence again.“Sir?...
  • Official NORAD Santa Tacker

    12/24/2012 2:51:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies
    Official NORAD Santa Tracker
  • NORAD Tracks Santa

    12/23/2012 10:55:20 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 6 replies
    NORAD Tracks Santa ^ | 12/24/12 | NORAD
    It's that time of year again. The North American Air Defense Command, or NORAD, is set to track ol' Saint Nick on his yearly journey around the world. All the phone stuff is done by volunteers. Businesses like Microsoft sponsor it, so it's not coming out of the defense budget. Kids love it. Tracking begins at 12:00 midight Mountain Time. Merry Christmas!
  • Self-important Santa gives lectures to kids who ask for toy or real guns

    12/22/2012 10:15:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 21, 2012 | Mary Katherine Ham
    I can’t wait to see a friendly WaPo write-up on a Santa who lectures little girls who want Tonka trucks and Transformers about how they can only have toys that adhere to traditional gender roles. Political Santas who frown upon your toy choices are great! Every year, the children ask Santa for dolls, cars, games and puppies. They also ask for guns. Nerf guns, pistols, air rifles, shotguns. Even assault weapons. And that breaks this 82-year-old Santa’s heart, especially this year… “You might get a gun from your father or your mother or grandfather, but you won’t get one from...
  • Student’s plan to come to school as Santa goes awry

    12/21/2012 12:30:02 PM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    yahoo! news ^ | Dec. 21, 2012 | Claudinezap
    the teen’s mother confirmed that George had bought a Santa costume, and that he had told police that he and his friends planned to dress up as Santa and his elves–and hand out candy canes. He had even alerted a teacher to his idea. Police investigated and found no cause for concern. But Crawford High School principal Mike Campbell was not convinced, saying he found the post disturbing. He had George suspended while the school investigates.
  • Will The War On Christmas Include Michelle Obama Whipping Santa Into Shape?

    12/18/2012 5:43:42 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-18-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Politically correct Santa gives up the pipe

    12/13/2012 5:21:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | December 12, 2012 | Leanne Italie (Associated Press)
    NEW YORK (AP) - Santa has kicked the habit in time for Christmas. No, not the sugar plum habit, or his fur-wearing habit, or his penchant for romping recklessly around open flame. No, gentlepeople, this is the year the man in red gave up pipe tobacco, at least in a new book version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" that has received attention from some lofty corners, including the American Library Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Is Santa Liberal Or Conservative?

    12/13/2012 4:19:46 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 13 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-13-12 | The Looking Spoon
    This graphic may seem ridiculous, but PPP did a poll proving more people think Santa would be a Democrat. I submit that PPP is wrong...but barely, and with good reason.Unlike the PPP poll, this is purely meant to be tongue-in-cheek. However, I'm pretty sure this will piss of the libs...hehe
  • St. Nick The Grinch: Nasty Santa Fired From Mall After Parents Complained On Facebook

    12/09/2012 9:13:30 AM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    http://www.mediaite.com ^ | december 8, 2012 | Anjali Sareen
    Turns out, everyone’s susceptible to the holiday blues: a mall Santa was fired in Maine for being a downright grinch. Parents complained and fa-la-la-la-la, he lost his job. Taking to Facebook, the angry parents voiced their irritation with the Scrooge Santa. The mother of 6-year-old Chantel Mailhiot told WGME 13 that the Santa wouldn’t allow her daughter to sit on his lap simply because she didn’t purchase a $20 photo package. Apparently, though, it gets worse: even after little Chantel told Santa she wanted an American girl doll, he told her that instead, she’d get an “American football.” After Chantel’s...
  • Even Santa Can't Find a Job

    12/08/2012 9:59:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Smart Money ^ | 12/08/2012 | QUENTIN FOTTRELL
    He's making a LinkedIn profile. He's checking it twice. He's gonna find out which employers are naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town -- and he needs a job. While the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% last month, as the Labor Department reported today, more and more Santa Clauses around the country are going without work this holiday season. There's no official Kris Kringle employment index, but agencies that place Santas at gigs around the country say the prospects for many of the men in red suits is Ho-ho-hopeless. "There's no question about it, the number of Santas...
  • The True Meaning Of Giving

    12/07/2012 4:18:43 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | The Looking Spoon
    Created this last year for OMG! For America.
  • BREAKING NEWS from the North Pole (Parody)

    12/07/2012 4:56:57 AM PST · by voicereason · 6 replies
    12/7/2012 | Voice reason
    Due to Obamacare requirements Santa (aka Kris Kringle) was forced to put all elves on part-time hours. This change will likely result in a shortage of toys for this Christmas season. Another challenge to this year's delivery of toys and good cheer comes from animal rights and environment activists. One group is claiming that Santa is treating his reindeer cruelly by forcing them to work throughout the night with only an occasional carrot. The environment crowd is stating that the altitudes at which Santa flies is causing the greenhouse gases produced by his flying reindeer to be infected directly into...
  • At Mayfair, Santa goes to the dogs

    12/02/2012 1:40:36 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-1-12 | Meg Jones
    Some need coaxing, some jump right on Santa's lap and others simply wag their tails. Then there are the ones who get so excited they plant wet kisses on Santa's face. The Santa at Mayfair mall takes it all in stride, regardless of whether he's posing with a Doberman or Shih Tzu, German shepherd or Chihuahua. Monday nights through Dec. 17, pet owners can bring their cats and dogs to the Wauwatosa mall for pictures with Santa. It's proven so popular that the mall has increased the number of nights from two a few years ago to five this year....
  • Boy asks Santa for his daddy to come home for Christmas (video)

    11/29/2012 10:00:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | december 23, 2011
    video here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erDCrUgfSfQ
  • No War On Christmas Here! On Fox & Friends, Gun Club Defends Toddlers Posing With Santa… And Guns

    11/27/2012 9:35:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | Matt Wilstein
    “Everybody wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas, so why not get a real gun when you’re an adult?” If there was one place in America where you could expect to see photos of people posing with Santa Claus and their AK-47′s, it would be Scottsdale, Arizona, home of the country’s largest indoor gun range. This morning, Fox & Friends invited Scottsdale Gun Club general manager Ron Kennedy to defend the organization’s controversial practice of having members pose with Santa and their guns. Gretchen Carlson questioned the appropriateness of these types of images in Arizona in light of last...
  • Inside the Beltway: Butt out, Santa

    10/15/2012 5:31:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 14, 2012 | Jennifer Harper
    So much for Santa Claus, who could turn up slim and gluten-free at any moment. A new version of the classic “A Visit from St. Nicholas” edits out all references to Mr. Claus‘ pipe smoking in the beloved old poem, rewritten by Pamela McColl, a writer and smoking-cessation advocate in Vancouver, Canada, who deleted two verses penned in 1823 by original author Clement Moore, for “the benefit of children in the 21st century,” she says. Vanished: “The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.” Santa now explains...
  • Santa doesn’t smoke a pipe in PC rewrite of 'Twas the Night'

    10/14/2012 4:58:40 PM PDT · by dead · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 14, 2012 | SUSANNAH CAHALAN
    It’s a holiday classic Mayor Bloomberg would love. A sanitized version of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” edits out all references to Santa Claus’ pipe habit — and critics say it’s yet another example of political correctness run amok. A one-woman vice squad — self-published Canadian author Pamela McColl — kicked St. Nick’s butt habit in a new version of the beloved poem about “the night before Christmas.” McColl deleted two verses — “The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth/and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath”— and hired an illustrator to redraw Santa...
  • "Father Christmas" stabbed to death in Tajikistan [Islam]

    01/07/2012 7:55:15 AM PST · by americanophile · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 2, 2012 | Roman Kozhevnikov
    DUSHANBE (Reuters) - A young man dressed as "Father Frost" - the Russian equivalent of Father Christmas - was stabbed to death in Tajikistan on Monday in an attack police believe was motivated by religious hatred, two police sources said. A crowd attacked 24-year-old Parviz Davlatbekov and stabbed him with a knife as he visited relatives in the early hours of Monday dressed as Father Frost, who by tradition brings Russian children presents at New Year. Russian cultural influence remains strong in Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic. "We have witness statements that say the crowd beat Parviz and stabbed him...
  • Too many adults view government the way kids view Santa

    12/29/2011 6:32:15 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/28/2011 | Joseph Lehman
    Why is it that most people eventually abandon the idea of Santa Claus … and yet so many never abandon belief in an omnipotent government? Santa Claus is magic. His toy sack never empties, he traverses the globe faster than lightning, his reindeer never tire, his elves never strike, and he’s never too fat for the chimney. Awed by his powers, young kids approach the Jolly One clutching wish lists that itemize the objects of their “unbridled avarice,” as a popular Christmas movie put it. And why not? Santa’s little supplicants are prodded by plenty of parental encouragement. No toy...
  • Were Texas "Santa" Murders Muslim Honor Killings?

    12/27/2011 3:11:45 PM PST · by LibertyJihad · 19 replies
    Islamic honor killing in Texas: "Santa" who murdered family on Christmas morning was Muslim who didn't like his daughter dating a non-Muslim Aziz Yazdanpanah, a Muslim, didn't like his daughter's non-Muslim boyfriend and was exhibiting stalker behavior. “She couldn’t date at all until she was a certain age, but when he was going to let her date she couldn’t date anyone outside of their race or religion.” Again and again we have seen honor killings in which fathers kill daughters who are dating non-Muslims or have supposedly besmirched the family honor by some sexual indiscretion. Lt. Todd Dearing says that...
  • Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa

    12/24/2011 1:10:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 34 replies
    Where's Santa Claus at?
  • Santa Timeline: Before He Was Cheery and Chubby

    12/24/2011 11:36:55 AM PST · by Steelfish · 4 replies · 1+ views
    LATimes ^ | December 24, 2011
    <p>You may think you know Santa, but there's a lot more to the legend than a bag full of presents. What follows is a selective history of St. Nick and how he came to be known as the jolly round man in the iconic red suit.</p>
  • First in-store Father Christmas was from Edinburgh

    12/24/2011 3:10:23 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    HE WAS the young Scot who sailed to America to seek his fortune and ended up becoming the first department store Santa. Now the memory of James Edgar is being revived in an effort to boost the fortunes of his adoptive home of Brockton, Massachusetts. Born in Edinburgh in 1843, Edgar escaped the poverty of his childhood by moving to Brockton in 1878, where he set up a department store. Known for his progressive ideas, the entrepreneur was the first in the city to introduce electric lights and cash registers. Edgar was also known for his philanthropy, paying for local...
  • Santa's Not Pagan

    12/23/2011 4:03:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    As a non-Christian with a deep affection for Christmastime, I've always felt a little left out around this time of year, but not in the way you might think. I've always felt a bit out of place with the venerable conservative tradition of denouncing the "war on Christmas." I should offer some background. When I was a kid, my parents cut out a jokey headline from a local newspaper that read "Santa Knows We're Jewish" and put it on a cardboard Christmas tree ornament. My father insisted I be raised Jewish. (I went to a Jewish day school and was...
  • Drunken Santas Terrorized Lower Manhattan During SantaCon, Locals Say

    12/21/2011 2:56:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | 12/21/11 | Julie Shapiro
    SOUTH STREET SEAPORT — Thousands of drunken Santas terrorized Lower Manhattan when they flooded into the neighborhood for SantaCon earlier this month, openly flouting public drinking and urination laws, locals say. Angry residents attended Community Board 1's Monday night meeting to complain about the latest incarnation of the annual pub crawl, whose participants have been allowed to grow more rowdy every year, they say. "There was public urination, people vomiting all over the place, open containers and no police," said John Fratta, chairman of the Seaport/Civic Center Committee which plans to send an angry missive to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Police...
  • VANITY - Awesome website where you can send a video to your naughty or nice kids from Santa!

    12/21/2011 8:12:42 AM PST · by Gennie · 7 replies
    I just wanted to share this link with everyone, someone gave it to me and I think it's the neatest thing! It's a site that generates a video for your child, can include their name, upload pictures, etc. and is COMPLETELY FREE! As far as I know, there's no spam either, as I did not check the box to have more information on other stuff sent to me but you can choose either "nice" or "naughty" where the child will still have time to work towards nice but receives a reminder from Santa. The only thing a bit odd is...
  • Springfield Secret Santas Pay Off Layaway Bills for Needy Families (Check out these headlines!)

    12/21/2011 7:38:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    KSPR ^ | 12/17/11 | Mary Moloney
    Springfield Secret Santas Pay Off Layaway Bills for Needy FamiliesDecember 17, 2011 | Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Good Samaritans have found a way to help needy Springfield families this holiday season. About a dozen people walked into the South Campbell Kmart and paid for the presents of strangers whose gifts sat on layaway. "One young man came in who had gotten a $500 bonus from work. He just thought it was a great thing. He's even posted it online challenging his friends to do the same thing and he's come in and paid off several people's...
  • British boy's chimney designed with Santa in mind

    12/21/2011 5:48:13 AM PST · by Daffynition · 7 replies
    reuters via Yahoo ^ | Dec. 21,2010 | staff reporter
    LONDON (Reuters) - A worried letter from six-year old Leo Park sparked a mammoth operation to test what is believed to be the world's first chimney specifically designed to accommodate Santa Claus. The little boy's parents are having a house custom built and when Leo viewed the plans he was concerned that the chimney wasn't big enough for Father Christmas and his famous belly that shakes when he laughs like a bowl full of jelly. As he was penning his traditional letter to Santa, Leo decided to also write a heartfelt missive about the chimney design problem to Jeremy Paxton,...