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  • Possible Crusader Ring Depicting St. Nicholas Unearthed in Israel

    02/28/2018 5:31:11 PM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Live Science ^ | February 28, 2018 | Laura Geggel
    About 700 years ago, a bronze ring depicting St. Nicholas — the saint who inspired the modern-day figure of Santa Claus — slipped off the finger of its owner, likely either a crusader or a pilgrim traveling to the Holy Land. The ring lay buried in the dirt for hundreds of years, until a gardener in Israel found it last week while weeding in Lower Galilee. The gardener, Dekel Ben-Shitrit, 26, turned the unusual ring over to Israel's National Treasures Department, where archaeologists dated the metal artifact to between the 12th and 15th centuries, during the Middle Ages. [The Holy...
  • The Chemistry of Christmas

    12/24/2017 9:25:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 25, 2017 | Colin McNickle
    “I asked Santa to bring me a chemistry set this year,” I told my third-grade best friend at Hilltop Elementary School in rural Colerain, Ohio, a few weeks before Christmas 1966. He, the suave-beyond-his-8-years buddy who lived over the hill from me on Sharon Road, flashed a quizzical look but remained silent. “What, you think I'm too little for a chemistry set, don't you?” retorted I, who also fancied Superman and Davy Crockett outfits that year and more than a few new Matchbox cars. “No, I want one, too,” he said, confessing his equal admiration for the Skil Craft set...
  • Adorable: President Trump and First Lady Melania Call Kids to Track Santa's Sleigh

    12/24/2017 7:41:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | December 24, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    It's Christmas eve and children around the world are anxiously waiting for the arrival of Santa Claus and his reindeer. President Trump and First Lady Melania, who are spending their Christmas at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, are also excited about his visit and made phones calls to children Sunday afternoon to track his progress through the North American Aerospace Defense Command [NORAD].  “What would you like more than anything?” President Trump asked a child named Casper from Virginia. “Building blocks, that’s what I’ve always liked too. I always loved building blocks. Well I predict Santa will bring you building blocks, so many...
  • Children’s Book Portrays Santa Claus as Homosexual

    12/20/2017 8:26:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | Dec. 19, 2017 | Moonbattery
    Looks like a pioneering social engineer named Daniel Kibblesmith asked, why ham-fistedly repress Christmas like educrats try to do when you could defile it to the point that it makes everyone sick? ****IMAGE ON LINK*** If we don’t push back, it will continue to get worse.
  • 'Santa Claus doesn't exist,' conductor tells kids at Italian Frozen show

    01/01/2017 8:34:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 31 December 2016 11:58 CET+01:00
    Maybe, facing the combined power of Disney and Christmas, orchestra conductor Giacomo Loprieno should have just let it go. At the end of a musical adaptation of the children’s movie “Frozen,” Loprieno stood up after the last notes had died away, with an urge to convey to his young audience an unpalatable truth. “Santa Claus doesn’t exist,” he said. Stunned parents who had taken their kids to the event in Rome on Thursday took to social media to express their fury, the press reported on Saturday. …
  • Who is St. Nicholas? (Historic Santa Claus the real person)

    12/24/2016 4:46:10 PM PST · by longtermmemmory · 13 replies
    St. Nicholas Center ^ | 12/24/2016 | Site
    The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while...
  • Santa's Martian Adventure

    12/22/2016 8:33:39 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 12/22/16 | Jim Bray
    (with apologies to Clement Moore) 'Twas the night before Christmas and all 'cross the planet The children were playing, 'til their folks said to can it, And sent them, excited, to snuggle in bed With visions of Santa Claus inside their heads. 'Cause this was the night that St. Nick would come by In his pressurized sled, swooping down from the sky And entering Marsport through the air exhaust shaft Would give out the presents he'd brought in his craft. Bright toys for the kiddies, parcels from home, Memories of Earth, where they'd no longer roam. And after he left...
  • Liam Neeson Auditions For Mall Santa Claus

    12/19/2016 8:11:55 AM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 17, 2016 | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
    Liam's take on Santa is a bit darker than most.
  • Viral Story Of Boy Who Died In Santa’s Arms Begins To Unravel

    12/15/2016 2:49:35 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 65 replies
    CBS & CNN ^ | December 14 | Emanuella Grinberg and Tom Kludt
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/CNN) — It was a story many wanted to believe: A terminally ill child gets his last wish to see Santa and dies in his arms. But the Tennessee newspaper that ran it first now says it can no longer stand by the account and now there’s conflicting reports as to whether this happened. The Knoxville News Sentinel story quickly went viral after it was published Sunday. USA Today republished the column, which was written by News Sentinel columnist Sam Venable. A host of national news outlets gave it additional coverage, including CNN, who spoke to Santa actor Eric...
  • Scientists Reconstructed the Face of St. Nicholas – Here’s What They Found

    12/12/2016 3:22:08 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 40 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | December 11, 2016 | N/A
    Liverpool, England, Dec 11, 2016 / 03:43 pm (CNA).- Scientists at a university in Liverpool recently unveiled what they say is the most realistic portrait ever created of St. Nicholas of Myra, the popular 4th Century bishop best known as the inspiration for the modern-day figure of Santa Claus.Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University's Face Lab used a facial reconstruction system and 3D interactive technology to create the portrait, which was unveiled on Dec. 6, the feast day of St. Nicholas. It's #StNicholas day. Check out the facial depiction of St Nicholas we produced @LJMU @LSAD_2016 #stnicholasday
  • Is It OK to Lie to Our Kids About Santa?

    12/08/2016 8:55:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/08/2016 | Joshua Straub
    "You better watch out. You better not lie." Wait. What?! If you're a Christian parent, perhaps you too question whether you should conform to the holiday tradition of Santa Claus celebrated across the world. Logically speaking, your concerns are warranted. If we lie to our kids about Santa, then perhaps we lied to them about Jesus as well. Then again, some of my greatest childhood memories were baking cookies and putting out milk for Santa. It wasn't until I was in second grade that one of my best friends, a Jehovah's witness, broke the news. Sitting across the lunch table,...
  • Santa Fat-Shames Boy By Saying ‘Lay Off The Hamburgers And French Fries’

    12/07/2016 10:12:50 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 39 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12/7/16 | David Moye
    What was supposed to be a happy visit with Santa left a bad taste in the mouth of a 9-year-old boy in North Carolina. That’s because the jolly old fat man reportedly shamed the child by telling him to “lay off the hamburgers and french fries,” local station WLOS TV reports. On Saturday, Anthony Mayse of Rutherfordton went to a Christmas event in nearby Forest City. The family enjoyed a carriage ride and ice skating before ending the night with a visit to Santa.

    11/30/2016 1:59:49 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 42 replies ^ | Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | ABC11
    HILLSBORO, Ore. (WTVD) -- A school district in Oregon is joining many others around the country in a controversial decision to ban holiday symbols and decorations from the classroom. KATU reports Santa Claus is no longer welcome in Hillsboro Schools, outside Portland. The district told staff who wished to decorate offices or doors to refrain from religious-themed decorations or images, including Santa. The students are not allowed to wear anything Santa-themed, either. "It really went out as a notification to staff, not even parents, just to make sure they are being sensitive and thoughtful as they enter the holiday season,"...
  • Merry (Western) Christmas from Siberia (where Santa is not always red!)

    01/01/2016 7:03:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    The Siberian Times ^ | 24 December 2015
    Merry (Western) Christmas from Siberia (where Santa is not always red!) By The Siberian Times reporter 24 December 2015 Seasonal greetings from the east of Russia where there are no less than seven different Father Christmas figures to bring joy to children in winter.  Best known across Russia is Grandfather Frost - or Ded Moroz - often carries a magical staff. Picture: Anna Permyakova All of them look old, with flowing white beards, and mostly have long histories, possibly reaching back to pagan times, but each is distinct, covering their own territory. Intriguingly, most are accompanied by glamorous snow maidens. Quite...
  • Saint Nicholas and the Origins of Santa Claus

    12/21/2015 9:34:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies ^ | 12/21/15 | Stephen Nichols
    ....The legend behind Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas, the fourth-century bishop of Myra. His hat was the bishop’s mitre. Nicholas was born in modern day Turkey to a rather wealthy family. Losing his parents at a young age, Nicholas dedicated both his fortune and his life to the Christian church. Very quickly he was appointed the bishop of Myra, on the southern coast of modern day Turkey.
  • A Western Merry Christmas! Prairie Ramblers - Cowboy Santa Claus

    12/21/2015 2:41:33 AM PST · by cowpoke · 6 replies
    Ranch Radio ^ | Ranch Radio
    Here's wishing everyone a Merry Christmas from out west, and I hope you enjoy Cowboy Santa Claus by the Prairie Ramblers....
  • School Cancels Santa Field Trip After Mom Objects [Jewish Parent Objects]

    12/18/2015 12:12:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 113 replies
    CBSNews ^ | December 18, 2015
    CBS NEWS December 18, 2015 School Cancels Santa Field Trip After Mom Objects SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Parents of San Jose school kids confronted a school board Thursday night after a decision to cancel a field trip to see Santa Claus followed a complaint by a Jewish mother who objected to the school-sponsored outing, CBS San Francisco station KPIX-TV reports. The visit to Santa, along with a "Dear Santa" assignment, was a decade-long tradition at Sartorette Elementary School, part of San Jose's Cambrian School District. Last week, the Sartorette staff informed parents the school would suspend the outing to see...
  • Ted Cruz’s New Data Strategy: Here Comes Santa Claus

    12/18/2015 9:03:17 AM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 18, 2015 | Matt Flegenheimer
    ST. PAUL — The Cruz campaign is making a list. As attendees packed a reception hall in Minnesota on the first night of Senator Ted Cruz’s seven-day, 12-city tour, they were greeted by an uncommon supporter: a costumed Santa Claus, posing with children and more than a few adults beside a fireplace.
  • Trump Pledges To Get Political Correctness Out Of Christmas

    10/23/2015 10:07:48 AM PDT · by xzins · 62 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | October 23, 2015 | Robert Fowler
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pledges that if elected, he restore the phrase “Merry Christmas” in every U.S. store. While the presidential candidate has not unveiled how he would do this, his declaration was met with cheers among evangelical supporters. Video below. Trump touted his Christian beliefs at an Oct. 21 campaign rally in Burlington, Iowa, CNN reports. “I will tell you I’m a good Christian,” says Trump. “I guarantee, if I become president, we’re gonna [sic] be saying Merry Christmas in every store… you can leave happy holidays at the corner.” The business mogul was met with rapturous applause...
  • What A Boy Captured On Video Christmas Eve Left Him SHOCKED [Watch]

    12/29/2014 6:41:10 PM PST · by lowbridge · 15 replies ^ | december 29, 2014 | sean brown
    A 7-year-old boy, who set out to prove Santa Claus is real, borrowed his brother’s GoPro camera and set it up Christmas Eve to record what happened in their living room. When he and his family reviewed the footage the next morning, he couldn’t believe what he was seeing.