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Christmas at the White House

Christmas of 1924 in the White House was a sad and glum affair. The new tradition of lighting the National Christmas Tree, started just a year earlier, was the last thing President Calvin Coolidge wanted to do. Though the event had enjoyed widespread publicity he simply lacked the heart to participate. It was only a last minute change of heart that made it come to pass. That Christmas President Coolidge …
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Christmas During the American Revolutionary War

By Hollee Chadwick The American Revolutionary War, also known as the American War of Independence was fought between Great Britain and the thirteen British colonies between the years 1775 and 1783. The mutinous colonists declared themselves no longer allied with the crown and kicked off an eight year struggle against the political and economic policies of the British Empire.The Declaration of Independence was signed during the revolution in 1776 and …
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The Scientific Theory of Santa Claus

By Dr. George Johnson Editor’s Note: Dr. George Johnson is a Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. He’s the real deal — a scientist of the first order. This article is but one of many he writes for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. What do reindeer and little children know that we don’t? Tonight is Christmas eve, and my daughter Caitlin and I are going to sort …
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Top 10 Ways to Avoid Getting Coal in Your Stocking

10. Don’t hang your stocking. 9. Fill your own stocking. 8. Put someone else’s name on your stocking. 7. Sew your stocking shut. 6. Put mousetraps in your stocking. (CAUTION: Could backfire.) 5. Leave all your lights on to make Santa think you’re still awake. 4. Stay up late and plead for mercy when the Coalman cometh. 3. Leave Santa tickets to the next Cardinals game instead of cookies. 2. …
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Santa Speaks 2001

Last year Santa was interviewed by fielding questions from a host of media celebrities. That tradition continues this year. Santa recently sat down with WBC World News Correspondent Natalie Horseman in London to answer the questions sent in by media professionals all over the world. This is a transcript of their conversation: Q: Hello, Santa. Nice to see you again. A: Thanks, Natalie. Good to see you too. Have you …
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Top 10 Questions for Job Applicants at the North Pole

10. Do you still get coal in your stocking? 9. What color is the red sleigh? 8. If Mr. and Mrs. Claus gets into an argument, who is right? 7. Have you ever roasted chestnuts? 6. When Jack Frost nips at your nose, do you nip back? 5. Just what is a holly-jolly Christmas? 4. Have you ever dreamt of, say, a purple Christmas? 3. Is “Frosty the Snowman” really …
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How does Santa get around the world in one night?

Dear Ernest, How can Santa get around the whole world in just one night? I don’t get it. Earl T. Boston, USA I remember you, Earl. You like to ask the deep questions. Ever since you were a little kid, your letters to Santa have always delved into the mysteries. And ever since you took that position at MIT your questions have only increased. But this one is really quite …