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  • 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 Im a good Christian, says Trump. I guarantee, if I become president, were 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 brothers 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 couldnt believe what he was seeing.
  • Movie for a Christmas afternoon: "The Miracle on 34th Street"(1955)

    12/25/2014 1:24:17 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1955 | Robert Stevenson
  • The Most Famous Editorial

    12/24/2014 11:32:56 AM PST · by Old Sarge · 25 replies
    NY Sun (via NY Daily News) ^ | Sept. 21, 1897 | Francis P. Church
    Hard to believe that this much time has passed. On Christmas Eve 2004, I shared this editorial with all my FRiends here, while I was icebound in West Virginia heading back from leave to report for mobilization. And then, on Christmas Eve 2005, while downrange in Ramadi, Iraq, I shared this editorial with all of you again. And this year once again, from our new digs in Florida with The Bride and my new family, I offer this beautiful story, a very favorite of mine, for all my FRiends again. Take the time to read it - REALLY read it...
  • Kids: Santa Is Fake But Christmas Is Real

    12/22/2014 4:25:56 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 12 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/21/2014 | Steve Berman
    Hows this for an explanation of Santa Claus: Santa and Mrs. Claus have a twelve-thousand square foot mansion at the North Pole, heated by geothermal power. The North Pole complex boasts an electrical generation system which directly extracts unlimited electricity from the Earths magnetic field for lights and equipment. Santas workshop maintains two million square feet of warehouse space (reaching 30 stories underground with a cubic volume well exceeding Amazon.coms North American 17 million square foot capacity) and an advanced production facility that combines robotics with elf-based manufacturing. The entire facility is hidden beneath the Arctic Ocean, under almost 14,000...
  • When Kids Stop Believing in Santa Claus

    12/21/2014 8:18:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/21/2014 | OLGA KHAZAN
    Earlier this week, a woman wrote in to Slate's Dear Prudence advice chat asking whether it's considered lying to allow her daughter, who is three, to continue to believe in Santa Claus. Prudie's take: Nah. "Reality will eventually out," wrote the columnist, Emily Yoffe, "but theres so much reality in this life, that one of the delights of childhood, and of being a parent, is to spread a little fairy dust occasionally." Later in the chat, though, another person wrote in saying that his or her parents kept the Santa thing going until the writer was nine, at which point...
  • Cambridge School Removes Santa Claus From Winter Concert

    12/15/2014 4:21:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | December 12, 2014 | Katie Brace
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) The Andrew Peabody School in Cambridge snubbed Santa the day before the winter concert. Principal Jennifer Ford sent a letter home to parents on Thursday letting them know of the change. The letter said in part: I am writing to you today to inform you of a change in our concert series this winter. Our First through Fourth grade concert as well as our Kindergarten concert will not include a visit from Santa Claus this year. Robert Thompson has two kids in the school. He said the concert traditionally closed with Santa running through the aisle. He...
  • Should we ban Christmas? Telling children the myth of Santa Claus could damage them, claims...

    06/06/2014 3:33:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 71 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/4/2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Fairy tales and believing in Father Christmas could cause children harm.This is according to controversial biologist Richard Dawkins who warned an audience at the Cheltenham Science Festival about the dangers of make-believe. In typically incendiary style, Dawkins suggested it was 'pernicious to instil in a child the view that the world is shaped by supernaturalism.'The 73-year-old acknowledged that the appeal of fairytales lay in their magic but believes they may be causing more harm than we think.He also questioned whether we should let children believe in the myth of Father Christmas at all.'Is it a good thing to go along...
  • 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 Claus Lives In Your Heart, Not in Washington, D.C.

    12/25/2013 9:47:40 AM PST · by massmike · 3 replies ^ | 12/25/2013 | Don Feder
    Old St Nick has taken a few hits this holiday season. Over at, Aisha Harris (part of the racial grievance industry) wrote a cri de coeur titled "Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore." Never mind that St. Nicholas, the third century monk who was the source of the legend, was white as was every visual representation of him over the past 150 years. History is so insensitive. Why can't Santa be a Polynesian surfer anyway? "America is less and less white, but a melanin-deficient Santa remains the default in commercials, mall casting calls, and movies,"...
  • Father Christmas granted a walk-on part in the Bible (Santa Claus)

    12/21/2013 12:33:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:00AM GMT 21 Dec 2013 | John Bingham
    For centuries Christians have been taught that wise men from the east brought gifts for the baby Jesus, but according to polling, one in 10 young adults in Britain now believe that Father Christmas also makes an appearance in the Biblical account of the nativity. Significant numbers also think that Mary and Joseph might have brightened up the stable with a Christmas tree. Over a third of the public think that the Bible records December 25 as the date of the Jesus birth.
  • Santa Or Krampus? Murrieta Christmas Display Sparks Complaints

    12/17/2013 1:33:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies ^ | December 17, 2013 12:02 PM
    MURRIETA ( Its the time of the year when Christmas decorations adorn houses for blocks in communities throughout the Southland. But one entry in the Annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest in Murrieta that features a mythical creature from European folklore has sparked complaints from residents. The house in the 37000 block of Floral Creek Circle features a large handcrafted Krampus, who is sometimes referred to as evil Santa or the Christmas devil and dates back to pre-Christian Germanic traditions. With a doll on its back and a broomstick in its hand, the clawed black creature is perched on the...
  • If Santa Claus were scientifically accurate, he'd destroy the world

    12/16/2013 1:22:37 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 37 replies
    io9 ^ | 12/15/ | io9
    Very Funny Santa Claus Explanation (video).
  • CNN's Stelter: Megyn Kelly Mightn't Have Insisted Santa Was White If Fox Had More Black Viewers

    12/15/2013 5:53:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 75 replies ^ | December 15, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    My nomination for the dumbest comment of the week by a television host on a news channel goes to CNN's Brian Stelter. While talking to Slate's Aisha Harris about the reaction to her article calling for Santa Claus to be a penguin, the new Reliable Sources host wondered if Megyn Kelly wouldn't have been so adamant about Santa being white if Fox News had more black viewers (video follows with transcript and commentary): BRIAN STELTER: You know, to tell you what I think for a minute, I kind of wonder if FOX had a different audience demographic, if she would...
  • Naughty is nice as SantaCon invades S.F.

    12/15/2013 5:23:55 PM PST · by thecodont · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 11:15 am, Sunday, December 15, 2013 | Vivian Ho
    Santa Claus came early to San Francisco this year, but he forgot his long pants. As did quite a few of the hundreds of other Santas, and several of their helpers, who gathered by the Christmas tree in Union Square on Saturday. The Santas were kicking off the start of this year's SantaCon, a worldwide event that features a daylong bar crawl that sends many of its participants to the naughty list. The jingling bells, holiday-colored sequins, mistletoe and fake, cottony beards met in Union Square before heading off to the bars in various other neighborhoods throughout the city. Many...
  • Why does Santa need a fighter escort? Children's groups outraged as NORAD militarises Christmas Eve

    12/04/2013 7:12:52 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 4 December 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Why does Santa need a fighter escort? Children's groups outraged as NORAD militarises Christmas Eve tracker NORAD officials say the inclusion of jet fighters is a nod to the true mission of the agency - which is to track and intercept airborne threats Outraged child advocates are blasting NORAD's new 3D Santa Tracker program because it includes a fighter jet escort for jolly old Saint Nick. Some say the new online portrait could give kids the wrong impression about Santa Claus - associating him with the military and violence. But Pentagon officials argue the North American Aerospace Defense Command...
  • Baracko Claus

    12/01/2013 5:11:00 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 2 replies
    Earl of Taint ^ | 12/1/13 | Earl of Taint
  • 'Black Pete' Makes Some See Red ... Racism Controversy Dampens Holland's Sinterklaas Tradition

    11/22/2013 11:39:38 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11/18/2013 | Rebecca Farivar
    Racism controversy dampens Holland's Sinterklaas tradition Children across Europe eagerly await the arrival of St. Nicholas on December 6. But in Holland, the tradition has racist implications that the Dutch aren't quite willing to give up. For the Dutch, Sinterklaasavond (St. Nicholas Eve) on December 5 is the biggest celebration of the year - bigger than Christmas. That evening, families gather and exchange presents, and children leave out their shoes in the hopes that Sinterklaas will have fill them with candy by the next morning. What seems like a harmless holiday devoted to gifts, candy, and children, has a...
  • The end of America: Why Romney lost

    01/02/2013 9:42:14 AM PST · by Perseverando · 62 replies
    WND ^ | January 1, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Exclusive: Pamela Geller traces death of the republic to 2 short words The United States of America was created as an independent nation whose founding ideal was the principle of individual rights. Freedom. Ayn Rand said that freedom, in a political context, means freedom from government coercion. America was the first moral government based on individual rights, the nation of the Enlightenment. In this age of Obama, that ideal has been tossed aside for free stuff. I have, for some time, struggled with the new reality: America void of her reason, existing without the reason for her existence, her...
  • Believing in Christmas from Santa to Christ

    12/25/2012 7:59:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Pajama Media ^ | 12/25/2012 | Walter Hudson
    I lost the argument with my wife. Should we encourage our children’s faith in Santa Claus? I was concerned that doing so might later undermine both our credibility as parents and our children’s belief in God. It may not be a conversation that most couples have. Then again, must couples don’t include a former Jehovah’s Witness who was raised without holidays. As a child, I absorbed the cold hard truth dispensed from my parents. There was no Santa Claus. Other children’s parents cruelly lied to them. The privilege of knowing the truth served as consolation for receiving no presents.Though...
  • Modern Santa Has Little in Common With 'Original' One, Scholar Says

    12/25/2012 7:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/25/2012 | Anugrah Kumar
    No Christmas passes by without depictions of Santa Claus, and yet we know little about St. Nicholas, the real man behind the red-suited, white-bearded legend. A U.S. scholar, who discovered the truth about him, offers insights on what the "original" Santa was known for. While the vast majority of saint stories that circulated in the early church involved extraordinary miracles and healings or dramatic martyrdoms and confessions of Christ, the story of Nicholas was about a regular family facing a familiar crisis to which ordinary people could relate, writes Adam C. English, author of The Saint Who Would Be Santa...
  • Santa in a Jeep - 1941 at Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center

    12/24/2012 6:20:25 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    Retronaut ^ | December 1941 | Retronaut
    1941: Santa in a Jeep The panzer Santa, with well-filled sack of radios, books, cookies, and other gifts dear to soldiers hearts, glides up to the door of the barracks in Camp Lees Quartermaster Corps and it isnt hampered by lack of snow in Virginia. Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center - US Army Center of Military History
  • A Carolina Christmas Carol

    12/24/2012 11:53:51 AM PST · by Windflier · 6 replies
    CNS ^ | December 24, 2012 | Charlie Daniels
    Every year during the Christmas season I replace my regular column with a story I wrote years ago. Its totally fictitious, but there are bits and pieces of autobiographical material here and there that reflect on my earliest remembrances of Christmas time in North Carolina. We always have a get together with family and friends at our house on Christmas Eve night. We share some food and drink and then sit around the den in a circle and everybody gets a turn to say whatever is on their minds followed by me reading Luke's version of the Christmas story. Several...
  • 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 ^ | december 8, 2012 | Anjali Sareen
    Turns out, everyones 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 wouldnt allow her daughter to sit on his lap simply because she didnt 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, shed get an American football. After Chantels...
  • 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 Real St. Nicholas Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either

    12/06/2012 3:35:21 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 5, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Today (Dec 6) is the Feast of St. Nicholas. The real St. Nicholas was nothing close to the St. Nick (Santa Claus) of the modern age. He was a thin curmudgeonly man with a zeal for the Lord that caused flairs of anger. Compromise was unknown to him. The slow transformation of him into “Jolly ole’ Saint Nicholas is a remarkable recasting of him centuries in the making. Some years ago the Washington Post featured an article entitled Poles Apart: Nicholas of Myra; How a 4th-Century Bishop Achieved Fame 1,500 Years Later, With a Whole New Attitude.On this feast of...
  • 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
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  • Jindal slams Romney for 'gifts' comment about minorities, young voters

    11/14/2012 7:38:11 PM PST · by tobyhill · 76 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/14/2012 | Ashley Killough and Kevin Bohn
    Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana fiercely shot back at Mitt Romneys claim Wednesday that President Barack Obama outmatched the 2012 Republican presidential nominee by offering "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters. I absolutely reject that notion, Jindal, who was a surrogate for Romneys campaign, said at the Republican Governors Association conference in Las Vegas. I think that's absolutely wrong. I don't think that represents where we are as a party and where we're going as a party, he continued. That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election. Romney made the comments on...
  • 'Bama Claus is Spreadin' it round (vanity, song lyrics)

    11/14/2012 1:21:27 PM PST · by Rebel_Ace · 6 replies
    my own feeble mind | 11/14/2012 | Rebel_Ace
    'Bama Claus Is Spreadin' It Roundoriginal music and lyrics by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, updated lyrics by Rebel_Ace You better vote "D" And never vote "R" To Get Stuff for Free From the Welfare Czar 'Bama Claus is spreadin' it round 'Bama Claus is spreadin' it round 'Bama Claus is spreadin' it round The Union's got a list, Who voted twice; Show it to the press they put it on ice. 'Bama Claus is spreadin' it round 'Bama Claus is spreadin' it round 'Bama Claus is spreadin' it round The Rich they are not Paying We know how...
  • Gunman dressed as Santa fatally shoots 7 people in Texas home

    Grapevine police investigate the scene where they found seven people dead outside Dallas in Grapevine, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. Four women and three men who police believe to be related were found apparently shot to death, and authorities said they believe the shooter is among the dead. Six members of a Texas family apparently opened Christmas presents just before a relative dressed as Santa Claus showed up, opened fire and killed them before killing himself, police said Monday. Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said the shooter showed up in the Santa outfit shortly before gunfire erupted and was...
  • Seven People Found Dead in Dallas-Area Apartment [Amid Christmas Gifts And Wrapping Paper]

    12/25/2011 6:44:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 104 replies · 7+ views
    FoxNews ^ | December 25, 2011
    Seven People Found Dead in Dallas-Area Apartment Published December 25, 2011 GRAPEVINE, Texas Seven people believed to be related had opened their Christmas gifts and started cleaning up the wrapping paper when they were shot to death in a suburban Texas apartment, police said Sunday. Authorities said they believe the shooter is among the dead, but got a warrant before doing a full search on the small chance that it was otherwise. Four women and three men, aged 18 to 60, were found in an adjoining kitchen and living room area when police entered the apartment around midday, said...
  • Santa's Not Pagan

    12/23/2011 4:03:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | 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...
  • In Service Bold as a Lion (Meet the REAL Saint Nicholas)

    12/23/2011 7:01:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/23/2011 | William Bennett
    The reign of Constantine proved to be a turning point in history. The Edict of Milan helped transform Christianity from a persecuted religion into a popular faith. Christianity spread faster than ever before. Jesus’s message offered comfort in a world full of peril and suffering. His call to love God and neighbor gave meaning to hard lives.Constantine’s own enthusiasm for Christianity helped promote it through all classes of society. The emperor bestowed presents and property upon Christian congregations. He funded the construction of churches and basilicas, including St. Peter’s in Rome. He declared Sunday a day of rest, placed Christian...
  • Editorial: Is there a Santa Claus?

    12/24/2010 11:11:37 AM PST · by Saint Reagan · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | September 21, 1897 | Francis Pharcellus Church
    Dear Editor I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O'Hanlon 115 West Ninety Fifth Street Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's...
  • The Best Editorial Ever

    12/24/2004 11:07:29 PM PST · by Old Sarge · 36 replies · 1,592+ views
    NOBLENet ^ | 01/24/2002 | Boston Library
    IS THERE A SANTA CLAUS? We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of "The Sun": Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says "If you see it in "The Sun" it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O'Hanlon 115 West 95th Street Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age....
  • The Most Famous Editorial

    12/24/2005 8:27:57 PM PST · by Old Sarge · 33 replies · 3,018+ views ^ | Sept. 21, 1897 | Francis P. Church
    Last Christmas, I shared this editorial with all my FRiends here, while I was icebound in West Virginia heading back from leave to report for mobilization. This year, at my station in Ramadi, Iraq, on Christmas morning, as tracer rounds thread the sky southeast of me, I offer this simple story, a very favorite of mine, for all my FRiends again. Take the time to read it - REALLY read it - and understand that Santa has visited your troops, and he left the greatest gift of them all. A Soldier's Merry Christmas to you all!
  • Yes America, There is a Santa Claus

    12/20/2011 3:18:56 PM PST · by amylutz4 · 1 replies
    The College Conservative ^ | December 20, 2011 | Amy Lutz
    Yes America, There is a Santa Claus By: Amy Lutz In 1897, a young girl named Virginia wrote a letter to The New York Sun, asking if Santa Claus did in fact exist. Newsman Francis Pharcellus Church responded with a now-famous editorial entitled Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. Virginia worried, since she had neither seen Santa Claus nor did she possess tangible proof of his existence, that the jolly man was not real. Francis Church reminded Virginia, and all of us, that seeing is not believing. We must first have faith and believe in the existence of Santa...
  • Merry Christmas, From Satan Claus

    12/16/2011 7:03:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 16, 2011 | MARK STEYN
    Christmas in America is a season of time-honored traditions: The sacred performance of the annual ACLU lawsuit over the presence of an insufficiently secular "holiday" tree. The ritual provocations of the atheist displays licensed by pitifully appeasing municipalities to sit between the menorah and the giant Frosty the Snowman. The familiar strains of every hack columnist's "war on Christmas" column rolling off the keyboard as easily as Richard Clayderman playing "Winter Wonderland" ... This year has been a choice year. A crucified skeleton Santa Claus was erected as part of the "holiday" display outside the Loudoun County courthouse in Virginia...
  • Is There A Santa Claus?

    12/13/2011 4:54:30 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    New York Sun ^ | Sept. 21, 1897 | Francis P. Church
    Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps. "DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. "Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. "Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.' "Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa...
  • San Francisco puts the X back in Xmas: Occupying human rights for naked Santas

    12/12/2011 7:14:38 PM PST · by MeNeFrego · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/12/11 | Zombie
    What do the Occupy movement, foreskins, an ice rink, international human rights and the worlds largest gathering of naked Santa Clauses have to do with each other? Under normal circumstances, nothing but this is San Francisco after all, where anything is possible, so come along on a guided photographic tour of several separate socio-political events that inevitably overlapped and coalesced into an unforgettable political mashup. Its not often that one must wear a Santa costume as part of ones job, but on Saturday, December 10 that moment had finally arrived for me: I suited up and made my way...
  • Who Was St. Nicholas? The True Story Of Santa Claus

    12/06/2011 4:10:30 AM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies ^ | December 6, 2011 | Rome Reports
    December 5, 2011. ( December 6 is the feast day of St. Nicholas of Bari, otherwise known as Santa Claus. He was bishop of the city of Myra, in present day Turkey, where he died in the fourth century. When the city was conquered by Muslims, his remains were moved to the Italian city of Bari. When his parents died, he divided his fortune among the poor. Because of his generosity, tradition remembers him as Santa Claus, who every year would deliver gifts to everyone. He is also the patron saint of Russia, Greece and Turkey. In Rome, a temple...
  • Help wanted: Multicultural Santas needed in S. Florida

    12/05/2011 11:09:32 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | December 5, 2011 | Georgia East
    Ho, ho, ho is the same in any language. Its Santas other expressions that can pose a challenge in multicultural South Florida. Although St. Nick is known more for listening than his gift of gab, children can better relate to a Santa who talks like them, advocates say.
  • Elementary school teacher tells kids there's no Santa Claus ( NY )

    12/04/2011 11:48:16 AM PST · by george76 · 73 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | December 3, 2011 | TODD VENEZIA and JENNIFER BAIN
    Even the Grinch would not be this mean. A sourpuss teacher in Rockland County ruined Christmas for a class full of second-graders this week, when she told them that there is no Santa Claus during a lesson about the North Pole. The evil educator even told the youngsters - mostly 7- and 8-year-olds - that the presents under their trees were put out by their parents, and not St. Nick. The stunning Scrooge-like behavior has caused a blizzard of outrage at the quiet George W. Miller Elementary School in Nanuet, where angry parents would like to see the teacher roasted...
  • The 8.6% Unemployment Rate vs. Santa Claus

    12/02/2011 11:56:30 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-2-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    As liberals breathlessly report the drop in unemployment during the holiday shopping season is a sign the economy is roaring back...
  • Cancer center's Santa gets boot

    11/16/2011 4:47:32 PM PST · by radioone · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The Post and Courier ^ | November 16, 2011 | Renee Dudley
    It's not even December, but Santa has already been fired from Charleston's Hollings Cancer Center. For each of the past two years, hospital volunteer Frank Cloyes spent one day as St. Nick, spreading good cheer and snacks to patients sitting through chemotherapy treatments. The 67-year-old James Island resident, a retired insurance executive who calls himself a "gregarious guy," paid for his own costume rental. On Tuesday morning, a volunteer coordinator told Cloyes his services no longer were needed. "Because of our state affiliation, we decided not to have a Santa presence this year," Hollings spokeswoman Vicky Agnew said. Hollings is...