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Shocker: New Yorkers Prefer Merry Christmas

There’s no “War on Christmas” in New York, according to the results of a new poll released by the Siena Research Institute. More than half of New Yorkers surveyed (51 percent) said the greeting they most often use is “Merry Christmas,” while 38 percent said “Happy Holidays” is their go-to…

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Fight for Christmas in Marshfield Persists

A simple school calendar change has erupted into a protracted battle. The school board, despite public outcry, changed from “Christmas break” to “Holiday Break” months ago — and the public keeps fighting back. “There are signs all over town: ‘There’s Still a Christmas,’ ‘Bring Back Christmas.’ There’s some little kids…

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Massachusetts School PTA Agonizes Over Questionable Content of The Nutcracker

Butler Elementary School of Belmont, Massachusetts has a tradition of sending students to see The Nutcracker. They have done it for decades. But the PTA there purportedly received complaints from “some parents” that The Nutcracker had “questionable content”. What would that questionable content be? Religion? A Christmas tree? Some parents…

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Merry Podcast #43 — The Great Thanksgiving Show 2014

The Thanksgiving special edition of the Merry Podcast features the music of Thanksgiving and Christmas. New music in this episode from Carly Jamison **who rocks** a couple of new Christmas tunes this year showcases in a small way how the music of the holiday season has shaped our celebrations. While…

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One Month Until Christmas Eve

Greetings, all! Just one month until Christmas Eve! Things are getting crazy here at the North Pole. After counting down all year month by month we have entered the phase where we count down the final days to Santa’s flight. That’s show time for us here in Santa’s newsroom. Our…

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North Pole Readies for Operation Merry Christmas

Hi everyone! It is an exciting week for us here at the North Pole – things are rockin’ here! We’re getting ready for what we call Operation Merry Christmas. That’s what we call the final countdown to Santa’s launch. There is big news all over the North Pole and we…

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Santa Seeks Secret Spies World Wide

Howdy! As we told you yesterday there are big preparations being made to help Santa get around the world. But we can’t do it all – we need your help! Santa needs your help. How? You can become a secret spy for Santa. Now, don’t misunderstand. This isn’t someone who…

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Tracking Crew Meets at the North Pole

Greetings all! When Santa flies on Christmas most folks have an image in their mind of just Santa and the reindeer. But you know from reading these pages that there are a lot more people behind the merry effort. A great many of those people work for the Tracking Department…

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Glenn Beck’s Immortal Santa Claus

The movie business is soon to release several movies showing the tough side of Santa. Sony Pictures is soon to release Winter’s Knight, a take on the Viking tradition of Santa. Other filmmakers are working The Anti-Claus, a film about the dark figure of Krampus of European tradition. But none…

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Even Santa Poops

The UK is a different world. Christmas there has a great flavor and is so openly celebrated. But today the world of advertising in the UK has taken on an all knew level of greatness with this shamelessly inappropriate-on-every-level ad of Santa on the can. This is seriously funny stuff:…

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Songs that Put the X in Christmas

I love the debates of Christmas and none is more pleasing to me than the arguments about Christmas music. Christmas music tends to run the gamut — from syrupy kids stuff to the chants of sacred hymns. That is what makes it so wonderful. But Christmas also has a dark…

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Santa Tests the New Sleigh

Exciting News! Santa has traveled with a team of reindeer to a Siberian test flight facility maintained for years by the North Pole. His purpose is to take this year’s newly designed sleigh out for a test flight. This will be Santa’s first time behind the reins with this new…

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FFRF Goes After Snow Plows in Sioux Falls

Two snow plows painted by a local school as part of the Sioux Falls annual ‘Paint the Plow’ event might not make it out on the street this winter. One group is challenging the city. City Hall soon will be decorated for the holidays but one group is attempting to…

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2nd Grader Wants to Pass Out Candy Canes Again

Advocates for Faith & Freedom has filed a request for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday, November 12th 2014. The injunction, if granted, will prohibit the West Covina Unified School District from stopping seven-year-old Isaiah Martinez from passing out candy…

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