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  • Great Britain: School bans Santa from wearing red - because it reminds pupils of Coca-Cola

    11/21/2007 8:59:43 AM PST · by Stoat · 38 replies · 1,124+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | November 21, 2007
    School bans Santa from wearing red - because it reminds pupils of Coca-ColaLast updated at 16:37pm on 21st November 2007Santa Claus is being forced to wear a green suit when visiting a school this year, after teachers decided the traditional red outfit would remind pupils of Coca-Cola.  Education chiefs have also banned the annual Christmas grotto - favouring an eastern European version of the festive season instead. Staff at the Steiner School in Brighton, East Sussex, claim the red-suited Santa is a symbol of "modern commercialism" and reminds children of Coca-Cola adverts. Scroll down for more... Father Christmas and...
  • Santa in PC ban: 'Ho, ho, ho' means prostitutes?

    11/14/2007 5:02:04 PM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 257+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 11/14/07 | WorldNetDaily
    When kids hear Santa Claus bellow, "Ho, ho, ho," is their first thought prostitution? That concern has prompted an attempt to gag the traditional greeting, and many Santas are now fighting back. According to the Sydney Daily Telegraph, Santas across Australia are rebelling against attempts to change their saying to a more politically correct, "ha, ha, ha." It all started when the recruitment firm Westaff – which has offices both in the United States and Australia – told its Christmas trainees that the "ho, ho, ho" phrase could frighten children and possibly be derogatory to women.
  • Bad Santa II

    11/14/2007 3:56:24 AM PST · by bocopar · 5 replies · 31+ views
    Bob Parks: Black & Right ^ | 11/14/07 | Bob Parks
    Let's be real, folks. Many of us knew "Santa Claus" was really Mom and Dad by age six, but it was always fun to play along as we knew we'd get something out of it on December 25th. But there are some out there who are so easily "offended", that they could give a damn if they spoil Christmas, a FEDERAL HOLIDAY, for everyone else. And there are more than enough people out there that acquiesce to the "sensitivities" of those who seek to make all of us as miserable as they are.... School ho-ho-hoists Santa Principal cancels trip to...
  • Stage and screen actor Harry Frazier dies at 77 (Santa Claus roles in movies and commercials)

    06/09/2007 10:26:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 481+ views
    ap on KRON4 ^ | 6/9/07 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Stage and screen actor Harry Frazier, whose full white beard helped him land Santa Claus roles in movies and commercials, has died. He was 77. Frazier died May 26 of complications from diabetes at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. He started on Broadway appearing in various plays during the 1960s. He performed regularly in Shakespeare plays in Southern California and had leading roles in "The Tempest," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "Henry IV." Among his TV credits included "Night Court," "Cheers" and "Hill Street Blues." He also played King Neptune on three...
  • Live Thread: NORAD Tracks Santa's Journey Across the Globe

    12/24/2006 2:18:58 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 111 replies · 3,995+ views
    Follow along with NORAD as they track the magical journey of Santa Claus (Father Christmas/Sinterklaas/Pere Noel/De Kerstman/Julenisse etc.) around the world tonight! CLICK HERE TO BEGIN
  • Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (So bad it's good!)

    12/22/2006 9:45:49 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 5 replies · 415+ views
    Watch it here > http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=-7709281390847700281 Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) is considered to be one of the worst movies ever made. It is so bad, that it is actually fun to watch. The filmmakers were probably too embarrassed to renew the copyright, so it’s now in the public domain. The story shows how Santa Claus is kidnapped by Martians to cheer up the Martian children. The rumor is that the movie was shot in abandoned aircraft hangars in New Jersey. It is clear that the movie had an extremely low budget, it even has spelling errors in the opening...
  • Official NORAD video orders total protection for Santa Claus, his reindeer and his amazing sleigh

    12/21/2006 4:11:23 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 10 replies · 790+ views
    NORAD Tracks Santa ^ | December 2006 | North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command
    Canadian NORAD fighter pilots flying the CF-18 Hornet jet fighter will escort Santa Claus throughout Canada. And meeting Santa Claus in United States of America airspace will be United States NORAD fighter pilots flying F/A-18 Hornet and/or the F-15 Eagle fighter jets. This year, sadly, the F-14 Tomcat is unable to provide protection for Santa's super-secret, high-tech, marvel-of-aviation sleigh; after long decades of noble service the fighter jet is now retired. Based on what we see in the photo below (released by the United States Navy) retirement is far from Santa's mind. He's looking quite comfortable, and physically fit, as...
  • OFFICIAL VISIT OF LTG SANTA CLAUS

    12/21/2006 10:10:11 AM PST · by Doghouse Riley · 8 replies · 484+ views
    Unknown | 1995? | Anon
    OPERATION ORDER 12-06 FOR: OFFICIAL VISIT OF LTG SANTA CLAUS 1. An official staff visit by LTG Claus is expected at this post on 25 Dec. The following directives govern activities of all Army personnel during the visit. a. Not a creature will stir without permission. This includes warrant officers and mice. Soldiers may obtain special stirring permits for necessary administrative action through the Battalion S-1. Officer stirring permits must be obtained through the Deputy, Post Plans and Policy Office. b. All personnel will settle their brains for a long winter nap NLT 2200 hours, 24 December. Uniform for the...
  • Freep a poll!!( Best Christmas movie ever?)

    12/20/2006 7:44:13 AM PST · by dynachrome · 59 replies · 633+ views
    www.countypressonline.com ^ | 12-20-06 | County Press Online
    The best Christmas movie is? A- It’s a Wonderful Life B- A Christmas Story C- A Christmas Carol (Alastair Sim) D- Scrooged E- Miracle On 34th Street F- White Christmas G- Santa Claus Conquers The Martians H- Elf
  • Bad Santas

    12/14/2006 10:15:09 AM PST · by Armedanddangerous · 20 replies · 711+ views
    Santa Claus always creeped me out when I was small.
  • Is there a Santa Claus?

    12/11/2006 1:48:12 PM PST · by ZULU · 87 replies · 1,349+ views
    New York Sun ^ | September 12, 1897 | Francis Pharcellus 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...
  • Santa Claus Deemed Too 'Religious' For Fundraiser

    12/01/2006 8:54:08 AM PST · by Froufrou · 136 replies · 2,043+ views
    CNS ^ | 11/30/06 | Randy Hall
    A Christmas-themed event to raise money at a public elementary school in Warwick, N.Y., has been altered to accommodate a parent's complaints that the program would illegally spotlight a "religious" figure - Santa Claus. "Breakfast With Santa" has since been changed to "Winter Wonderland Breakfast," and -- in an effort to be inclusive of all beliefs -- the bearded one will now be joined at the Dec. 9 event by Frosty the Snowman. Organizers made the changes after one parent charged that she and others in the community were offended that the Parent Teacher Association at the Sanfordville Elementary School...
  • No Santa After Colorado Police Learn Photographer Is Registered Sex Offender ( your town, too ? )

    12/06/2006 9:05:51 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies · 813+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 06, 2006 | AP
    A suburban mall suspended all visits with its Santa Claus Tuesday after learning a photographer taking pictures of children on St. Nick's lap was a registered sex offender, police said. "Knowing that a registered sex offender was potentially working with children at the Santa Claus display we quickly wanted to check into it," ... Yeoman was listed as a "lifetime notification" offender on the Indiana Sheriffs' Sex Offender Registry for a 1992 conviction of child molestation. He served six years of his 10 year sentence...
  • Nazi Santa`s Destroyed

    12/01/2006 12:30:03 PM PST · by chessplayer · 17 replies · 1,278+ views
    BERLIN, Germany -- "A German chain of shops has removed miniature wooden Santa Claus figures from its shelves and destroyed them after customers complained it looked like they were giving the stiff-armed Hitler salute that is outlawed." "Josef Lange, a spokesman for the Rossmann chain that has 1,200 outlets, told Reuters on Friday the figures depicting Father Christmas with his right arm stiffly upright towards the sky and holding a sack in his left hand upset some customers." "We were astonished by the reaction," Lange said.
  • German Shops Destroy Santas Giving 'Hitler Salutes.'

    12/01/2006 11:48:52 AM PST · by Froufrou · 54 replies · 1,513+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/01/06 | Unknown
    A German chain of shops has removed miniature wooden Santa Claus figures from its shelves and destroyed them after customers complained it looked like they were giving the stiff-armed Hitler salute that is outlawed. Josef Lange, a spokesman for the Rossmann chain that has 1,200 outlets, told Reuters on Friday the figures depicting Father Christmas with his right arm stiffly upright towards the sky and holding a sack in his left hand upset some customers. "We were astonished by the reaction," Lange said. "It looks like he's just pointing up to the sky and we were surprised that anyone saw...
  • Shops destroy Santas giving "Hitler salute"

    12/03/2006 11:25:49 PM PST · by sangfroid · 20 replies · 929+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 1, 2006 8:45 AM ET
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A German chain of shops has removed miniature wooden Santa Claus figures from its shelves and destroyed them after customers complained it looked like they were giving the stiff-armed Hitler salute that is outlawed. Josef Lange, a spokesman for the Rossmann chain that has 1,200 outlets, told Reuters Friday the figures depicting Father Christmas with his right arm stiffly upright toward the sky and holding a sack in his left hand upset some customers. "We were astonished by the reaction," Lange said. "It looks like he's just pointing up to the sky and we were surprised that...
  • Will the Broncos get an early Christmas present from Santa Claus Indiana?, rookie QB Jay Cutler

    11/24/2006 5:37:16 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 34 replies · 1,399+ views
    Will the Broncos get an early Christmas present from Santa Claus Indiana?, QB Jay Cutler You can imagine what the sports media storm is like here in Colorado right now after the lackluster performance by the Denver Broncos offense last night in their 19 - 10 loss vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. An interesting fact about the Broncos first round draft choice from earlier this year, QB Jay Cutler is from Santa Claus, Indiana. 6 Jay Cutler, Quarterback Height: 6' 3" Weight: 233 lbs. College: Vanderbilt Born: in Santa Claus, Ind. Acquired: Draft #1 (11th overall), 2006 Pro Year: R...
  • Alaska Guard Celebrates 50th Year of Operation Santa Claus

    11/03/2006 4:32:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 258+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2006 – The Alaska National Guard will join Santa and Mrs. Claus tomorrow as they visit St. Mary’s, Alaska, to commemorate the 50th anniversary flight of Operation Santa Claus. About 100 Army and Air National Guard members and other volunteers will fly to the remote village in two Air Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft to deliver toys, clothing, books, school supplies, water and holiday spirit to about 350 children, Kalei Brooks from Alaska’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs told American Forces Press Service. In addition, a representative of Tastee-Freez will bring ice cream sundaes for as many...
  • Evangelical leaders fight global warming

    02/08/2006 12:52:43 PM PST · by familyop · 35 replies · 715+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A group of 86 evangelical Christian leaders are reportedly supporting a major initiative to fight global warming. Warning "millions of people could die in this century because of climate change," the leaders include the presidents of 39 evangelical colleges, aid groups and churches, such as the Salvation Army, and pastors of megachurches, including Rick Warren, author of the best seller "The Purpose-Driven Life," The New York Times reported Wednesday. "For most of us, until recently this has not been treated as a pressing issue or major priority," the Christian leaders said in a statement to...
  • Santa Claus smacks down heresy

    12/30/2005 9:10:34 AM PST · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 396+ views
    Magic Statistics ^ | 12/26/2005
    The institution of Santa Claus has its roots in stories about St Nicholas's generosity and love toward children. But St Nicholas, 4th-century bishop of Myra, had another side. While attending the Council of Nicea in AD 325, he defended orthodox Christology in particularly vigorous fashion:During the Council of Nicea, jolly old St. Nicholas got so fed up with Arius, who taught that Jesus was just a man, that he walked up and slapped him! That unbishoplike behavior got him in trouble. The council almost stripped him of his office, but Nicholas said he was sorry, so he was forgiven.Maybe Santa...
  • Churchman: Right jolly old elf promotes ‘idol worship’

    12/26/2005 8:14:44 AM PST · by Conservatrix · 63 replies · 1,725+ views
    Lebanon Daily News (Pa) ^ | 12/23/05 | Rory Schuler
    BETHEL — While controversy swirls over a substitute teacher who told first-graders that Santa Claus doesn’t exist, a local dairy farmer and church deacon has put the same message in a very public place. By erecting a sign along the eastbound side of I-78, between the Bethel and Grimes exits, Leonard H. Martin has taken it upon himself to shatter the myth of Santa Claus for any youngster able to read the message from the back seat of a car as their parents drive by. It marks the second consecutive year that Martin has posted what he termed a spiritual...
  • Thomas Nast's "Pro War" Santa

    12/24/2005 2:56:30 PM PST · by Sam Hill · 30 replies · 1,372+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | December 24, 2005 | N/A
    Since we have been on a Thomas Nast tear lately, it is only right and fitting that we should return to him at Christmas, as he is more or less the inventor of our Santa Claus.Surprisingly, Nast's very first depiction of Santa Claus was a piece of political propaganda, done at the request of President Lincoln himself. Lincoln thought a drawing showing Santa Claus in the Union camp would boost the North's morale and demoralize the South. It is reported to have accomplished both of these goals.Shocking, isn't it? Our one party media's delicate sensibilities would not stand for such...
  • Grinchy remark sends kids home in tears

    12/24/2005 12:18:34 PM PST · by Excellence · 54 replies · 994+ views
    Lebanon Daily News ^ | 24 December 2005 | By RORY SCHULER
    Grinchy remark sends kids home in tears By RORY SCHULER Staff Writer Lebanon Daily News LICKDALE — Jamey Schaeffer stretched her mouth open wide, showing off a pair of twin gaps in her smile. With a mouthful of fingers, she said she has no interest in two front teeth for Christmas. Instead, she’d like a Barbie doll from Santa Claus — and Santa Claus only. But a substitute music teacher almost came between the 6-year-old and a Christmas Eve spent dancing cheek to cheek with sugar plums. Theresa Farrisi stood in for Schaeffer’s regular music teacher one day last week....
  • Santa Claus Shot Down by SA-15 Missile over Northern Iran

    12/24/2005 6:45:16 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 91 replies · 7,580+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/24/05 | Reuters
    Santa Claus Shot Down by SA-15 Missile over Northern Iran Santa sled fireball TEHRAN (Dec 24)-The Iranian News Agency is claiming that the Doshan Tapeh Air Base commander has reported one of it's newly aquired Russian SA-15 anti-aircraft missile defense batteries engaged and shot down the Santa Claus reindeer propelled flying sled over Northern Iran today. The target was tracked on radar for 10 minutes before the order to fire was given by the regional air defense commander Witnesses report seeing the SA-15 streak skyward erupting in a brilliant flash and then a giant fireball plummeting to the earth. The...
  • Grinchy remark sends kids home in tears

    12/23/2005 10:07:40 AM PST · by TexasGreg · 240 replies · 3,864+ views
    Lebanon Daily News ^ | 12/23/05 | RORY SCHULER
    Grinchy remark sends kids home in tears By RORY SCHULER Staff Writer Lebanon Daily News LICKDALE — Jamey Schaeffer stretched her mouth open wide, showing off a pair of twin gaps in her smile. With a mouthful of fingers, she said she has no interest in two front teeth for Christmas. Instead, she’d like a Barbie doll from Santa Claus — and Santa Claus only. But a substitute music teacher almost came between the 6-year-old and a Christmas Eve spent dancing cheek to cheek with sugar plums. Theresa Farrisi stood in for Schaeffer’s regular music teacher one day last week....
  • Bishop Nicholas of Myra: So, you don't believe in Santa? (Merry Christmas, FR!)

    12/23/2005 3:13:59 AM PST · by ovrtaxt · 5 replies · 604+ views
    eldrbarry.net ^ | Christmas, 1999 | Barry McWilliams
    Bishop Nicholas of Myra: Legends and sources The Legend of Bishop Nicholas of Myra: A telling by Eldrbarry: Lots of people think that St. Nicholas is just another name for Santa Claus. After all, Santa is also called Father Christmas, and Kris Kringle, and other names. Actually, Santa Claus is itself a mispronunciation of the Dutch SinterKlass which was their way of saying St. Nicholas. But behind all these name is a boy who actually lived in what is now Western Turkey and what was then Lycia in the Fourth Century, about seventeen hundred years ago. His name was...
  • Santa admits he killed his cousin

    12/22/2005 9:57:04 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 10 replies · 242+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/21/05 | Laurel Sweet
    A Dorchester man named Santa gave his conflicted family the yuletide gift of contrition yesterday by ’fessing up to killing his cousin at a Christmas party two years ago. Torn between anguish and fidelity, Benjamin Santa’s tearful mother would speak no evil of her son, even as he was spirited away in chains from a Boston courtroom. “I couldn’t even hug or kiss him,” Luz Caban said of Santa, 24, the oldest of her four children. “There’s no Christmas for us.” Santa, wearing sunglasses, his braided hair pulled back in a ponytail, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to...
  • The "REAL" Santa Claus

    12/21/2005 6:40:05 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 756+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | December 21, 2005
    Pope Benedict XVI, wearing the white fur-trimmed red bonnet known as a camauro reserved for Popes, arrives to celebrate his general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican December 21, 2005. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico
  • How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus: One Theory

    12/20/2005 7:20:30 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies · 863+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 20, 2005
    Jeremy Seal on an Epic History BATH, England, DEC. 20, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The modern persona of Santa Claus is a far cry from its origins: St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra. So how did he go from a charitable saint to an icon of Christmas consumerism? Travel writer Jeremy Seal embarked on an international search to answer that question and recorded his findings in "Nicholas: The Epic Journey from Saint to Santa Claus" (Bloomsbury". Seal told ZENIT what he discovered tracking the cult of Santa Claus across the globe and why he thinks St. Nicholas and his charism of charity still...
  • Anti-Wal-Mart agitprop

    12/20/2005 12:07:18 PM PST · by JZelle · 16 replies · 851+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 20, 2005 | Joel Mowbray
    Inside a South Florida Wal-Mart last Thursday, union-sponsored protesters handed out empty, gift-wrapped boxes to children and made them cry, according to multiple witnesses -- and it appears that the arrests of two of the protesters may have been part of a grand strategy designed by Big Labor-backed WakeUpWalMart.com. Yetdespiteinternal WakeUpWalMart.com communication -- obtained exclusively by this columnist -- indicating that the union-funded front instructed its protesters to test police patience, the organization is now playing the race card since the two protesters arrested (out of 15 total) are both black. Late in the afternoon last Thursday, two people dressed...
  • Santa Claus And The Gospel

    12/17/2005 5:59:42 AM PST · by truthfinder9 · 4 replies · 751+ views
    by Gretchen Passantino Copyright 1986 by Gretchen Passantino. Musty pine smell, glittering balls, and smooth, softly faded creche figures: Christmas packed in an old yellow trunk at the back of the children's closet. Outside the sun is bright, the children's voices are raised in a boisterous game of tag through the lawn sprinklers. But just smelling the pine and gently fingering the familiar plaster figure of the Christ Child awakens a sense of awe and anticipation for another season of special praise in honor of the birth of my Lord. Over the years we have learned and adapted many Christmas...
  • Slappy holiday: Why not take the Santa Claus tradition a little further?

    12/16/2005 1:00:17 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 29 replies · 756+ views
    WORLD ^ | December 24, 2005 | Gene Edward Veith
    Santa Claus had his origins in St. Nicholas, the fourth-century bishop of Myra in present-day Turkey. Known for his generosity and his love of children, Nicholas is said to have saved a poor family's daughters from slavery by tossing into their window enough gold for a rich dowry, a present that landed in some shoes or, in some accounts, stockings that were hung up to dry. Thus arose the custom of hanging up stockings for St. Nicholas to fill. And somehow he transmogrified into Santa Claus, who has become for many people the secular Christmas alternative to Jesus Christ. But...
  • Police: Wal-Mart Santa arrested for exposing self to boy

    12/15/2005 6:43:57 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 32 replies · 1,031+ views
    Times Herald ^ | December 13, 2005
    Newburgh - A Wal-Mart Santa Claus was arrested Monday for allegedly exposing himself to a 15-year-old boy and attempting to have the boy engage in oral sex with him at his home on Dec. 9, according to a City of Newburgh police press release. Ransford George Perry, 57, of Newburgh, has acted as an advocate for numerous children around Newburgh through a business called the Association Against Biased Educators. He is also a promoter for "talented children," and a Santa Claus at the Wal-Mart on Route 300 in the Town of Newburgh, police said. Perry was acting as an advocate...
  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    12/14/2005 5:48:04 PM PST · by onyx · 27 replies · 526+ views
    editorial page - New York Sun ^ | December, 1897 | Francis P. Chruch
    Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus Editorial Page, New York Sun, 1897 We take pleasure in answering 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: 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 Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a sceptical age. They...
  • Teacher to first-graders: There's no Santa

    12/14/2005 3:44:33 PM PST · by Qwertrew · 513 replies · 6,674+ views
    <p>RICHARDSON - Guess what, kids? There's no such thing as Santa Claus!</p> <p>That was a Richardson music teacher's holiday message to first-graders Monday - a remark that angered parents and prompted the school district to issue a pro-Santa statement.</p> <p>"When you take a 6-year-old and tell him, you've got to spend how much time to get him to believe again? The damage is done," parent Michael Millett said.</p>
  • Yes, America, there is a Santa Claus

    12/13/2005 9:13:56 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 23 replies · 621+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2005 | Stephanie Mansfield
    President Bush's approval rating is low, gas prices are high, scandal and mistrust of authority figures are on the rise, but there is one thing Americans still believe in -- Santa Claus. Especially now that Forbes magazine just named Santa Claus (age: 1,651) the richest "fictional" philanthropist in the world. "You're never too old for Santa," said 20-year-old Kelly Carnes, a student at George Washington University who was standing in line at the Pentagon City mall Sunday afternoon, waiting to see her red-suited idol. Doubters and cynics are few, even among those who may accuse Santa Claus of elf exploitation....
  • Santa sacked for smacking boy

    11/26/2005 6:14:47 PM PST · by EveningStar · 16 replies · 822+ views
    Ananova ^ | November 24, 2005
    A Santa Claus is facing the sack from a Dutch shopping centre after he smacked a young boy for pulling his beard.
  • M.F.A. Takes Initiative To Restore Santa Claus Statue (To Maintain Good Relations With Russia)

    04/08/2005 3:40:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 212+ views
    Turkish Press ^ | 4/8/2005
    Foreign Ministry proposed putting back the Santa Claus statue to its original place in Demre town of southern Antalya city in respect of maintaining good relations with Russia. The bronze statue which stood in front of St. Nicholas church in Demre was removed last February by Demre municipality. Gregory Pototsky, the Russian artist who sculpted the statue and a group of Russian intellectuals, had called President Ahmet Necdet Sezer by publishing an open letter in a Russian newspaper to take action on the issue. President Sezer had informed Foreign Ministry about the issue. Upon this development, Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary...
  • Turkish Town Exchanges St. Nick for Santa (Former Myra, hometown of St. Nicholas)

    03/24/2005 7:30:54 AM PST · by Southside_Chicago_Republican · 4 replies · 279+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 24, 2005 | Karl Vick
    DEMRE, Turkey -- In the 4th century, a bishop named Nicholas was a local hero in this seaside town, living the kind of life that eventually led to sainthood. For most of the 16 centuries that followed, Saint Nicholas was known chiefly as the patron of sailors, barrel-makers, small children and Russians. And though it's not entirely clear just when the historical Saint Nicholas began to meld into the image of the jolly man in the red suit, historians can now say precisely when the transformation was complete. On Feb. 3, the Demre City Council voted unanimously to erect a...
  • Did you lie to your kids at Christmas?

    12/29/2004 3:22:34 PM PST · by TheConservativeCitizen · 59 replies · 805+ views
    The Conservative Citizen Weblog ^ | 12/29/2004 | David M. Huntwork
    From the moment a child is born there is probably no greater “universal truth” pounded into their head by society and culture than of the existence of a fat jolly man dressed in red who brings good little boys and girls presents each year and is rarely complete without his eight tiny reindeer. It is the one great myth that is inescapable. Stores, malls, songs, programs, teachers, relatives, as well as friends and neighbors rigorously propagate and enforce this little piece of fiction. While mostly harmless and enjoyable, the story of Santa Claus is unknowingly used and abused by many...
  • Miracle on 34th Street the Fourth Time

    12/25/2004 5:14:43 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 6 replies · 327+ views
    self | 12/25/04 | self
    After watching the original 'Miracle on 34th Street for the fourth time in the past 24 hours I must say, I never tire of that wonderful movie. With the incredibly funny lines at times and a number of very important life messages, seeing that movie never gets old.Each time I see that cane resting beside the fireplace at the end of the movie it seems to remind me that we may want to hold closely to our faith in so many things.Merry Christmas to everyone.
  • Santa! Santa! Badger! Badger!

    12/25/2004 4:50:09 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 3 replies · 1,024+ views
    Here's something to put on the 'puter as you open presents. It's an offshoot of a Net animation called Badger! Badger! which had dancing badgers to a danceable tune. That, in turn, spurred "Bananaphone", a similar animation set to the tune of a sped-up Raffi song. This one does seem to accent "Presents!" but it does show baby Jesus though! (And speaking of Web animation I guess yahoo had a "Santa" one from the makers of that Jib Jab animation. Haven't seen it yet though.) Link to the Santa! Badger! http://www.ebaumsworld.com/santabadger.html
  • Boy in a Santa suit asked to quit dance

    12/24/2004 11:30:11 AM PST · by 82Marine89 · 22 replies · 1,587+ views
    Seacoast Online ^ | 12/21/04 | Patrick Cronin
    HAMPTON - A parent of a Hampton Academy Junior High School student says the principal of the school told his son to leave the school’s holiday dance on Friday night because the boy was dressed in a Santa Claus costume, which was politically incorrect. Michael Lafond said his son, Bryan, went to the dance dressed as Santa because it was a holiday party. "He asked if he could dress like Santa and we said yes," said Lafond. "We went to Brooks and purchased the outfit and everything." Lafond said his wife dropped off Bryan at the school. "I went to...
  • Hark ! Those Aren't Angels Singing (traditional Christmas Carols)

    12/24/2004 7:30:47 AM PST · by OESY · 9 replies · 635+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 24, 2004 | KATHERINE KERSTEN
    What place could be sadder at Christmas than a hospice? Or so one might think. But my high-school-aged daughter discovered otherwise. She visited a hospice with her choir to sing Christmas carols. The residents were in the final months or weeks of their lives. Most were elderly, their faces gaunt, their eyes lusterless. But as my daughter's choir filed from room to room, filling the halls with strains of "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World," the patients seemed transformed. They became animated. Most struggled to sit up, raising their voices to join in and sometimes weeping as they did...
  • PC on earth for Santa: Boy Claus booted out of N.H. school dance

    12/23/2004 10:29:09 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 970+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 24, 2004 | Kevin Rothstein
    A 12-year-old New Hampshire boy who wanted to jolly up his junior high dance by dressing in a Santa suit instead got a lesson in political correctness when his Scroogelike principal turned the student away, fearing he might offend his classmates.
  • Boy in a Santa Suit asked to leave school dance

    12/23/2004 12:37:09 PM PST · by O.C. - Old Cracker · 112 replies · 2,486+ views
    The Hampton Union ^ | December 21, 2004 | Patrick Cronin
    Bryan Lafond, in a photo taken at his home, before going to the holiday dance at Hampton Academy Junior High School on Friday night.HAMPTON - A parent of a Hampton Academy Junior High School student says the principal of the school told his son to leave the school’s holiday dance on Friday night because the boy was dressed in a Santa Claus costume, which was politically incorrect. Michael Lafond said his son, Bryan, went to the dance dressed as Santa because it was a holiday party. "He asked if he could dress like Santa and we said yes," said Lafond....
  • French Hostages Freed in Iraq.........But Why?

    12/22/2004 10:54:21 PM PST · by Cutterjohnmhb · 5 replies · 441+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | December 22, 2004 | SPIEGEL'S DAILY TAKE
    After four months in captivity, two French journalists were finally let go on Tuesday. But why? Also, a new survey shows that the British like to booze over the holidays, and yet another scandal hits Germany's beleaguered opposition party. French Journalists Freed A pair of French journalists held hostage in Iraq since August 20 were finally freed by their captors on Tuesday and are scheduled to arrive back home in France on Wednesday afternoon. Christian Chesnot of Radio France International and Georges Malbrunot of the daily Le Figaro spent four months in the hands of a group calling itself the...
  • Student Sent Home In Politically Incorrect (Santa Claus) Outfit

    12/22/2004 5:52:15 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies · 952+ views
    NECN ^ | December 22, 2004
    A holiday controversy is brewing in New Hampshire - a Hampton high school student was sent home from a holiday dance for wearing a santa suit.
  • Merry Christmas to My Freeper Friends!

    12/22/2004 5:34:01 PM PST · by Calpernia · 99 replies · 955+ views
    Calpernia ^ | December 22, 2004 | Calpernia
    Merry Christmas to My Freeper Friends! Santa Claus Father Christmas, Pere Noel, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle "American Origin of Santa Claus" The American version of the Santa Claus figure received its inspiration and its name from the Dutch legend of Sinter Klaas, brought by settlers to New York in the 17th century. As early as 1773 the name appeared in the American press as "St. A Claus," but it was the popular author Washington Irving who gave Americans their first detailed information about the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas. In his History of New York, published in 1809 under...
  • The Many Kinds of Santa

    12/21/2004 10:45:57 AM PST · by Killborn · 3 replies · 324+ views
    December 21, 2004 (4 days to go!) | Killborn
    We all know that there is only one type of Santa. He is a jovial, fun loving guy who only cares about how you behaved. But what if there are different types of Santa with all sorts of attitudes, personalities, and viewpoints? Let’s find out… ****** Dear Santa, What is the North Pole like? Love, Curious George Georgie, It’s sorta like bein West o the Mississippi. Beeyoootiful wide open spaces, lotsa game, no stress and no worries at all! Gettin food heah is easy. The fishin is jest dandy! You could fish every second o yo life and nevah, evah...