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  • 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...
  • Ferguson, NYC and now the Ongoing Zwarte Piet Controversy in Holland

    12/04/2014 6:05:48 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-4-2014 | MOTUS
    “Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man ."Yes I know: another day, another racist outrage. Butt do you know what tomorrow is? It’s the Eve of St. Nicholas Day. You do remember St. Nicholas don’t you? Aka St. Nick, aka Sinterklaas? You may recall when we discussed him last year, during one of BO’s European tours. St. Nick, Dutch progenitor of our own American Santa Claus, visits children on the eve of his feast day (December 6), bringing them small gifts (i.e. no iPhones or Xboxes): Later on the night of December...
  • 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...
  • You Better Watch Out—St. Nicholas is Coming to Town

    12/07/2013 2:04:38 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 5, 2013 | Christopher B. Warner
    Everyone loves jolly ol’ Saint Nicholas. There is something romantic and cozy about telling Santa stories around the crackling fire. He is an icon of the Christmas season. But not everyone agrees about the real Santa Claus.  Some like to picture Santa as the early-19th century, pipe-smoking elf with a bucket full of coal for naughty boys who don’t eat their cauliflower. Others prefer Santa as an emasculated, overweight consumer who gets bossed around by Mrs. Claus and thus flees the North Pole once a year to relive the glory days. Then there is the wiry bishop who pulled...
  • 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...
  • The "Claus" Clause [in honor of St. Nick's feast day]

    12/06/2010 11:13:33 AM PST · by mlizzy · 22 replies
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 12-5-06 | Tom O'Toole
    Having just turned five years old, I was a little young (at least back then) to question the “holiday” law-of-the-land. Of course five-year-olds believed in Santa Claus! But it was back in the day when several ages of neighborhood kids used to hang around together, and I was running with some seven- and eight-year-olds who were feeding me some pretty good reasons not to believe in that benign big man. Most of you are at least vaguely familiar with the various Protestant Reformation (and later secular) traditions that transformed Saint Nicholas into Santa Claus, so it is not necessary to...
  • ICE Agents Arrest Jolly Fat Man Attempting to Enter the U.S. Illegally(humor-maybe)

    12/24/2006 7:46:39 AM PST · by Sarajevo · 4 replies · 406+ views
    AXcess News ^ | 23 Dec 2006 | Eric Stevenson
    ICE Agents Arrest Jolly Fat Man in Red Suit Attempting to Enter the U.S. Illegally. AXcess News) Reno, NV - Based on U.S. Department of Homeland Security rules, a bearded jolly fat man in a red suit going by the alias St. Nick was captured by ICE agents while attempting to enter the United States illegally after DHS profiling matched the description of Mr. Nicholas as a possible terrorist threat. "Mr. Nicholas doesn't possess a recognized passport and therefore the Department views him a possible threat to the United States," a spokesperson for the DHS said. Nicholas, who says he...
  • 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 ( 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...
  • Santa Claus gets icy reception in Austria

    12/14/2002 9:12:51 AM PST · by ppaul · 7 replies · 610+ views -- | Section: The News Bizarre Dec. 12, 2002, 2:53PM Santa Claus gets icy reception in Austria Associated Press Associated Press Margit Hammerl and Horst Strauss, members of the Pro-Christkind (Pro-Christ Child) Society, pose in front of a nativity scene at a Vienna Christmas market with Pro-Christkind stickers on their jackets. VIENNA, Austria -- Ho, ho, ho? No, no, no! Santa Claus is coming to town -- and many Austrians wish he'd just stay home. The jolly old elf is getting an icy reception in this alpine country that gave the world "Silent Night" and clings to beloved Christmas...