Best of the Blogs Your Merry Christmas Edition

1389 leads off with some “hot” Liberal women?

90 Miles From Tyranny sums up government competence

A Conservative Edge: Chaos

Uncoached has some Santa’s that might weird you out

TC Mag has a vicious hockey hit

Soylent Siberia has a great cartoon

A Time for Choosing: When Liberals start bashing PC….

Kurt has some thoughts on gun control

Fritz offers up Santa’s helpers

Miss K has patience

Knuckledraggin has a WTF Christmas gift idea

I Love Bacon: What kind of juice?

Act Well has proof that JFK would never be a Democrat today

All American Blogger: Now the Statists want to tax your meat

Aleister: Hey, that Pajama Boy IS that big of a Douche Bag!

Hookers and Booze checks in with, well, what you might expect

Gunaxin has NFL Cheerleaders celebrating Christmas

Funtasticus has Friday Wild Girls

Donald Douglas has the true radical nature of ObamaCare

Among the Joshua Trees has some Rule 5 Gina Elise style

An Old Broad has some trifecta for us

Feral Irishman knows how to beat the Blues

Egotastic has Beyonce in a Bikini

Double Trouble has SEXY

Andrew Klavan is a national treasure

Angry Mike sees a worse 2o14

COED has Miss Coed Jacky Kvicky

The Chive has Photos of the Week

Busted Coverage has the hottest NBA dancers

Bearing Arms has a gun review

Blacikmailers has inked girls

Blazing Cat Fur has your Islamic Extremism story of the day

A Nod to the Gods has one angry cat!

Zion’s Trumpet has an idea about what is wrong in America

Wyblog: Governor Christie has a dream….

Barb will upset the Left by telling them about a good guy with a gun

Bluegrass Pundit: GLAAD, meet Backlash

Wreck the Halls? Why not says Bluebird

Wizbang: School bans poster because it might be religious

Wine Women and Politics: Sultry

Weasel Zippers has your surrender money moment

CM Blake has a common thread to mass shootings

Bob Belvedere: PRUDES!

Captains Journal: Another good guy with a gun

Confederate Gray: Erasing our history

Vodka Pundit: News you can use

Theo Spark has yet another ad from Karls Jr.

Conservative Hideout:  Liberals love to spend Other People’s Money

Daily Pundit: Moral Retardation defined

Daniel Greenfield: Friday Roundup

The Right  Scoop Gay TMZ founder defends Phil Robertson

The Other McCain: Chris Hayes and Butt Sex just kinda go together

Lonely Conservative: Defining Liberty

Dead Citizens Rights: The shame of the American Studies Association

Clash daily: The right to offend

Doug Powers: Hey Joe Biden, stop humping that ladies leg

Doug Ross Laryn’s Links

Teresa has pets celebrating Christmas

Wyatt Earp: American Hustler

Subject to Change: Look at the idiots they put on TV

Stogie gets downright philosophical about Duck Dynasty dust up

EBL has some Duck Dynasty related Rule 5

Fire Andrea Mitchell: Cracker Barrel can kiss my ass

Grandpa John: Obama Claus?

Rio Norte: Why Liberals fail history

Regular Right Guy: Can this bloodsucker save Obama?

Reaganite Republican: Around the Righty Blogs

Randy has a Tart for us

Grouchy Old Cripple has Saturday Boobage

Guns Save Lives: NH CHL holder 1 Carjacking thug 0

He’s Pretty Fly: Out Obama Care, In OOPS Care

Hogewash: Thanks!

Proof Positive has Friday Babe! and Links a Plenty

Protein Wisdom has the War on Liberty

Political Hat: Fighting back against race baiters

Big Fur Hat: If Karl Rove wants to know what he can do with that whiteboard…

I’m 41: Glenn Beck does not like Christie much does he?

It Ain’t Holy Water: Pajama Boy better not touch these nuts

Political Clown Parade has another take on Pajama Boy

Pitsnipes has sexy hitch hikers

Pirates Cove: NY Times realizes Obama Care sucks

At Legal Insurrection, it is Kangaroo Court Week

Lowering the Boom: Obama then: Catastrophic health plans suck! Obama now: Sure go buy a catastrophic plan!

Maggies Notebook: These new light bulbs make me madder than a Gay dude at a Robertson family reunion!

American Perspective has a solution to anti-gun nuts and their butt hurts!

Old Virginia has some useful history

Nice Deb has Saturday Movie Matinee

Steve: Happy Solstice you Druid Freaks

Michelle: Beware the Gay Thuggery

Moonbattery: Yes, Republican women are hotter

 

Oh no, Climate Change could kill Santa!

How pathetic and hysterical are these climate change nuts? This much!

If his grandkids are 17 or under, they haven’t actually experienced global warming, anthropogenic or otherwise. Continuing the 25 Days Of Climate Christmas

Santa Claus and Climate Change: A Letter to My Grandkids

December 2020

Dear Grandchildren,

Once upon a time, a jolly old man named St. Nick, or Santa Claus, lived at the North Pole. Every year, at Christmas, he bundled up toys made by his magic elves and flew around the world in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer, including his most famous one, Rudolph. Santa brought these presents to all the good little boys and girls in return for nothing more than cookies, milk, and unquestioned love. But he also kept a list of bad little boys and girls, who got a lump of coal in their stockings as a reminder to be better next year.

I’m sorry to have to tell you there will be no presents from Santa this year.

It’s not that you’ve been bad. Rather the world’s governments (sometimes run by bad boys and girls now grown up) have failed to address the long-worsening problem of climate change. Santa is the latest climate victim. As the last of the summer ice at the North Pole finally disappeared, Santa’s workshop sank to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. When the insurance companies cancelled most flood insurance policies, and Canada claimed the North Pole, Santa lost everything and became the latest climate refugee.

Egads! Go read William Teach’s rebuttal

 

Is there a more intellectually vacuous venture than obsessing over skin color?

Roland Martin is a sad case, so hooked on racializing everything as if skin color is the most important thing about everyone, even Santa Claus

Via CNS News:

“News One Now” host Roland Martin said Friday on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” that Fox News’ Megyn Kelly’s remark that Santa Claus and Jesus are white reinforced to black and Hispanic kids that they live in a “white world,” and they don’t matter.

“Doesn’t it just reinforce though to your point growing up as a child, you seeing these images, it reinforces where for black kids and Hispanic kids, it’s, ‘Look, accept that this is a white, white world and you don’t matter,’” Martin asked Slate writer Aisha Harris, author of the article, “Santa Should Not Be a White Man Anymore.”

Kelly did a segment about Harris’ Slate article, which challenged the notion of Santa being white. Harris wrote about growing up with images of a black Santa on Christmas decorations at home while the public celebrated a white Santa.

Roland you silly bastard,  if you were not suffering from Racial Obsession Syndrome (ROS) it might dawn on you that if racist victim mongers like you would leave kids alone, and stop filling their heads with your divisive venom, they would look at Santa, and just enjoy being a kid at Christmas. Certainly I pity you Roland that you were obviously victimized by race baiters as a child. Sad that you have grown up continuing to see your race as the most important thing about you. Get the fuck over yourself and your pigmentation Roland. For the love of God, stop making skin color something it is not, important. Character Roland, THAT matters. Integrity, THAT matters! Skin color? that DOES NOT matter! And guess what Roland, you know what the saddest thing is? If you read this you would call me racist for saying that skin color is unimportant. You would do so because you have been conditioned by Leftism to do so. Again, it is tragic that you are just not bright enough to see through the lies the left has told you.

By the way Roland, I should point out that Santa Claus is based on Saint Nicholas who was WHITE! Not that that matters. Because in my world, I can admire people regardless of skin color, it is sad that you cannot. It must be a very dark, ugly world where you live, I pray that you get over your obsession with skin color one day. You would likely be a nice man were you to see people as something other than skin color.

 

 

Here comes Santa Claus

I am going with my sister and brother-in-law to take the world’s best niece to see Santa, who yes IS White, at Bass Pro shops today, and later we are taking her to a cool park with thousands of Christmas lights, so blogging will be light today.

I might also be forced to check out the gun selection at Bass Pro, and see if they have any good deals on ammo, I mean as long as I am there.

Did someone call for a doctor?

Stacy McCain is looking at an ugly thing, a thing he calls A Psychosis Called ‘Equality’” A psychosis the manifests itself in deplorable outbursts of uncontrollable rage, and intolerance towards anyone that dares hold a differing view. Stacey has some of the Tweets from someone just like that

The fanatical conceptions of ideologues inspire madness. Last night, a certain devotee of the “Free Kate” crusade went on a Twitter spree, a few samples of which I share for your amusement:

Oh, look: An advocate of “equality” https://twitter.com/JessicaNaomiNet/status/346498179887403008 … hurling a familiar epithet at @michellemalkin — you stay classy, progressives!

Oh, look: The advocate of “equality” https://twitter.com/JessicaNaomiNet/status/346469548117086208 … says she’s being spammed by “ChristoFascists”!

Oh, look: The advocate of “equality” https://twitter.com/JessicaNaomiNet/status/346445946105765889 … says she’s a victim of “heterosupremacist tyrannical theocrats”!

Tolerance: A Progressive Value: https://twitter.com/JessicaNaomiNet/status/346498050535075840 … Take that, you heterosupremacist gay basher Jesus freaks!

According to , if you’re against toilet-stall sex with 14-year-olds https://twitter.com/JessicaNaomiNet/status/346470550417317890 … you’re a hater!

Of course, this @Jessica Equality  Naomi nut is not who they claim to be, as Stacy notes
And imagine the chagrin of “Jessica Naomi’s” LGBT friends when they discover that, in fact, “Jessica Naomi” is a 48-year-old straight guy who’s just really into watching teenage lesbians on video.
Stacy has more on the enraged Tweets of Jessica the 48-year-old Lesbian film critic, and the hatred comes through for all to see. Now, you might be asking yourself what is wrong with this individual. Maybe they had a bad childhood, or maybe they fell out of the Tree of Eternal Bitterness hitting every branch on the way down. But I have a different answer. For years I have been diagnosing Liberal Maladies, and I often use them here on this blog. Offendeditis (a desperate yearning to be constantly offended), GODitis (a severe allergic reaction to any mention of God, Christmas, Santa Claus, the Bible, Jesus, Christmas Trees, or anything else that might have anything to do with Christianity), and Eternal Bitterness Syndrome (A pervasive state of bitterness, and anger, see Janeane Garafalo for a classic case study in EBS). There are many more, and in studying Jessica Whats His Face’s Tweets, I think I have discovered yet another Liberal Malady. Equality Obsession Syndrome. This one causes the sufferer to agonize over the lack of “equality” in the world, and to twist themselves into knots because they feel, perpetually it would seem, that they, and everyone like them, have been ruthlessly targeted for persecution and discrimination.
It also seems this condition causes its victim to have a perverse desire to excuse the actions of everyone who is “like them”. In this case an 18-year-old girl who had sex with a 14 year-old-girl is not a criminal who broke laws. Instead she is a victim of inequality simply because she is “like” Jessica Loves Lesbo Films. Reality would dictate that this 18-year-old girl is simply facing the same consequences that many 18-year-old boys have faced, in other words she is being treated EQUALLY, but EOS causes reality to fade away I guess. In the end those afflicted with EOS do not really want equality at all. They want a Get Out of Jail Free Card no matter what they do. In other words what they seek is INEQUALITY, as long as they, and those like them benefit.

 

The ongoing war against God

There are certain truths in life, maybe I will make a list of them one day, kind of like Rush Limbaugh did years ago, but for now, allow me to focus on just one of these truths. Leftists HATE God. Yes, I know any Leftist reading this will howl in outrage. They will say that they merely wish to keep the “separation” of church and state that our Founders placed in the Constitution. Of course, the fact that there is no such separation never stops Leftists, and Liberals, who are just Leftists in training from finding it. And, sadly, enough Leftists judges have also found, or rather imagined, or maybe invented is a better term, such a constitutional standard.

Now, you might be thinking that just because the Left gets the Constitution wrong does not necessarily mean that they hate God. And I would agree, if, and this is a massive if, the Left did not spend so much time trying to use that imaginary clause in the Constitution to stamp out every last mention of God in the public realm. The sad fact is that wherever you can find a  display of the Ten Commandments in a school, or a public park, or a courthouse, you will find an outraged Atheist speed dialing the ACLU, or some other Left wing organization. The sad fact is that these same miscreants have done their level best to erase Christmas displays anywhere. In an odd twist, these  very same Intolerants will gladly tell you that Santa Claus, and Christmas Trees are NOT Christian symbols, but rather pagan, or secular symbols of the “Winter Solstice”, or whatever generic name they are currently using for CHRISTmas! But, let a city put Santa and his reindeer up in a city park, or let a school have a Christmas party, or even dare to have red and green cups and napkins at that party and the same freak shows will be screaming to high Heaven. Come on, make up your minds already.

Again, the excuse often used for waging war on cup cakes with the dreaded red or green icing at a school party, or for raising hell over a manger scene or a Christmas Tree in the local library, is that someone might be, hold your breath, offended! The right not to be offended is another right found in the Constitution according to Leftist’s deluded mind. Of course that right against having your feelings hurt only protects Leftist whiners and agitators from offense. Every one else, A.K.A. Normal Americans are not protected. Odd isn’t it? The Left will argue passionately about fairness and equality, until something they do offends a normal American. then the “right not to be offended” morphs into the right to fuck off and die.

For those still not convinced that the Left hates God let me give you on more item to ruminate on. The Left  wraps itself up in the first amendment, especially the freedom of speech part. It also wraps itself up in the “community”. Leftists are always talking about community, the Black Community, the Hispanic Community, the LGBT Community, this community that community. But let the Normal American Community express themselves by putting up a war memorial in a city park that dares to mention God in any way, even if that is just a simple cross, and the same Leftists are there to try to take that memorial down.

So, the Left loves fairness, and equality, they hate when anyone is offended, they love freedom of expression, and “community”, as long as it benefits their agenda. And in this case erasing public mentions or displays of Christianity IS the sole agenda. So, what else can we assume here but that Leftists hate God. But, why do they hate God? Why would radical Atheists be so vehement about forcing everyone else to submit to their beliefs? Note, I said radical Atheists because most Atheists really do not give a flip about a Santa Claus in a park. They do not believe, and do not have time to worry about your beliefs, which is fine with me. So, again the question. Why do Leftists hate God? Well, because they hate liberty and individualism.

Think of America. Is there a greater target for Leftist hate than America? Is there a nation more maligned among Leftists than America? The answer is no. And, when you dissect all the protests against America, you find a common theme. The hatred of liberty. And where does liberty, as honored in America come from? Liberty comes from God. The American ideal is that we are created with certain rights. These rights have a source, and that source is God. Nothing will agitate a Leftists more than any value system that dares challenge their core ideal, that rights are NOT individual rights. Leftists hold that rights are collective, and that these rights come not from God, but from government. And as the source of these collective rights, government can restrict, limit, or take certain rights at will.

So it comes down to a basic, fundamental issue. If the Individualists are right, then God is the source of our rights, and those rights are inherently OURS. If Individualists are correct, then government does not have the authority to give, take, or restrict these natural rights. To a Leftist/Collectivist, the source of all our rights is government, and all those right are collective. Leftists can never form their Utopian State as long as we, the people recognize God as the source of our liberty. So, for that Utopia to grow God must go. That is why Leftists hate God.

Why too much tolerance is a bad thing

Via Blazing Cat Fur comes this story, which shows the folly of tolerating intolernace

Moderate Muslims pressure school to cancel Santa’s visit to kindergarten class

“I went to see the headmistress to find out the reasons for this cancellation,” recalls the mother of a young girl who wishes to preserve her anonymity, “and she explained to me that she didn’t want to have her fingers rapped by certain Muslim families.” The headmistress, who has been in charge of the school in Grand-Clos for a few weeks, also invoked this argument to the mayor’s office who called her for explanations.

“She admitted to us that she had called the previous headmistress to learn how to deal with the families who, each year, threaten to boycott the school on the day of Father Christmas’ visit,” recalls Jean-Paul Fonteneau, assistant in charge of children’s affairs and teaching.

How to deal with them? Tell them to boycott! Go on with your traditions, they can accept it or be damned frankly! We have got to stop ceding our liberties, and culture to those that scream “tolerance” as a way to erase Western Culture. See this is not complicated at all. When you move to a new country, you either accept their traditions, and culture, or you do not move there! Muslims who wish to move to Western nations have to learn that they do not get to force their culture upon their new countrymen.

 

Your Marxist Moron of the Day is………..

 Pamela McColl, who decided her great contribution to civilization should be to rewrite ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

The self-published Pamela McColl of Vancouver, Canada, has a mission for her story, to protect children and their parents from the ravages of smoking. She mortgaged her house and sunk $200,000 into her telling of the 189-year-old holiday poem, touring the states to promote it ahead of its September release.

What, particularly, did McColl do? She excised these lines: “The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth. And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.” And she added to the cover: “Edited by Santa Claus for the benefit of children of the 21st century.”

And she included a letter from Santa on the back jacket flap announcing that “all of that old tired business of smoking” is behind him, claiming (by the way) that the reindeer can confirm his fur outerwear is faux out of respect for animals, including the polar bears of his beloved North Pole.

Leftists are huge fans of rewriting history, censoring history, and of curse, re-educating us all. McColl, is just the latest.

 

So, if there is NOT a war on Christmas….

…I would hate to see if there was, because I am reading a whole bunch of stories like this

Via Fox News:

Residents of a senior adult apartment complex in California staged a protest after the management of their building announced a ban on Christmas trees and menorahs in communal areas.

“We’re all angry,” resident Fern Scheel told the Los Angeles Daily News. “We want that tree. Where’s our freedom? This is ridiculous.”

JB Partners Group sent a memorandum to The Willows in Newhall, Calif. ordering them to remove the Christmas tree from the community room because they deemed it a religious symbol, the newspaper reported.

Odd isn’t it? On one hand we often hear Atheists mock Christmas by saying that Christmas trees are from a pagan origin, yet, they just as often seek to remove them because they are symbols of Christmas. How convenient. Also odd is that groups like the one behind this bit of madness will seemingly offend everyone so as to not offend some whiny screwball, who MIGHT get offended!

The truth is that those who scream bloody murder when they see a Christmas tree, or Santa, or a manger scene, or the colors red and green, or hear that kids might be shown A Charlie Brown Christmas are backasswards, intolerant, malcontents who think they are entitled to make everyone else bow to their ways. And those that give in to them are cowards and fools.

 

Bastards!

The Left loathes everything that is traditional in America. And this story, about banning Santa, points that out.

A Massachusetts school system banned Santa Claus from visiting schools this year.
He’s too controversial.
FOX Nation reported:

A Massachusetts school system is embroiled in a war on Christmas debate after Santa Claus was initially banned from visiting elementary school children over “religious” concerns.

Since 1960 firefighters in the town of Saugus dressed up like Santa Claus and visited every elementary school handing out coloring books. But on Monday, the school superintendent told firefighters that they would not be welcomed into the classrooms.

The lie the Left tries to sell us is that they are trying not to “offend anyone. That is a lie, they are intent on destroying America. And, to effectively destroy a nation it’s history, heritage, and culture must be systematically eradicated. EVERYTHING that is traditional, therefore is a target. To erase a nation’s, a people’s heritage, and history is key to what the Left intends to do here in America. Our common heritage, and culture bonds us, it makes us special, if that is taken away……… That is why it is so crucial to fight these miscreants at every turn.

Also check out my blogging partner Ed’s post on this

My blogging partner ED is right. Some people DO need to be beaten with a stick, or a poinsettia

I do not condone violence, but, sometimes, the whole war on Christmas non-sense…………. makes me want dress up like Santa and smack some sense into those addicted to offending 99.9% of the people so as not to offend the malcontents.

Via Fox News’ Todd Starnes:

Controversy is embroiling a California town over allegations that elementary school teachers have been told they cannot display poinsettias or Santa Claus in their classroom over fears that it might offend people.

“District office would like to remind everyone when displaying holiday decorations in and around school to be mindful no association to any religious affiliation i.e. Santa, poinsettias, Christmas trees, etc,” read a document obtained by News 10 in Sacramento that was reportedly sent to teachers at Claudia Landeen Elementary School in Stockton, CA.

The same document said holiday decorations like snowmen and snowflakes were appropriate for grade school classrooms.

Tom Uslan, the superintendent of the Lincoln Unified School District, told News 10 “there is a myriad of religious affiliations (in the community). . . we don’t want a pervasive theme of a class to be representing one religious affiliation.”

It is CHRISTmas, you moron! It is also a FEDERAL FREAKING HOLIDAY!! If anyone is offended by that, that is THEIR problem, not everyone else’s. WE do no one any favors by coddling these miscreant whiners. Here is an idea for Tom Uslan, try telling anyone who complains to GET OVER IT! Try telling them to practice the tolerance they preach!

New scientific evidence crushes polar ice is melting theory, Al Gore, baby seals hardest hit

Ah, what I would give to look Gore in the eye and say “Look, Al, the science is settled”!

For years we have been warned the Arctic sea ice is going to disappear and all the polar bears are going to die, or something.

Anyway, it’s mostly bunk:

Danish researchers analysed ancient pieces of driftwood in north Greenland which they say is an accurate way to measure the extent of ancient ice loss.

Writing in the journal Science, the team found evidence that ice levels were about 50% lower 5,000 years ago.

They say changes to wind systems can slow down the rate of melting.

They argue, therefore, that a tipping point under current scenarios is unlikely.

But, but, but…carbon dioxide. It’s gonna kill us all. Polar bears and Santa Claus.

Go read the whole thing, it is great!

Saint Nicholas And The Origin Of Santa Claus

Saint Nicholas And The Origin Of Santa Claus – Saint Nicholas Center

How did the kindly Christian saint, good Bishop Nicholas, become a roly-poly red-suited American symbol for merry holiday festivity and commercial activity? History tells the tale.

The first Europeans to arrive in the New World brought St. Nicholas. Vikings dedicated their cathedral to him in Greenland. On his first voyage, Columbus named a Haitian port for St. Nicholas on December 6, 1492. In Florida, Spaniards named an early settlement St. Nicholas Ferry, now known as Jacksonville. However, St. Nicholas had a difficult time during the 16th century Protestant Reformation which took a dim view of saints. Even though both reformers and counter-reformers tried to stamp out St. Nicholas-related customs, they had very little long-term success except in England where the religious folk traditions were permanently altered. (It is ironic that fervent Puritan Christians began what turned into a trend to a more secular Christmas observance.) Because the common people so loved St. Nicholas, he survived on the European continent as people continued to place nuts, apples, and sweets in shoes left beside beds, on windowsills, or before the hearth.

The first Colonists, primarily Puritans and other Protestant reformers, did not bring Nicholas traditions to the New World. What about the Dutch? Although it is almost universally believed that the Dutch brought St. Nicholas to New Amsterdam, scholars find scant evidence of such traditions in Dutch New Netherland. Colonial Germans in Pennsylvania kept the feast of St. Nicholas, and several later accounts have St. Nicholas visiting New York Dutch on New Years’ Eve (New Year gift-giving had become the English custom in 1558, supplanting Nicholas, and this English custom was still found in New York until 1847).

In 1773 New York non-Dutch patriots formed the Sons of St. Nicholas, primarily as a non-British symbol to counter the English St. George societies, rather than to honor St. Nicholas. This society was similar to the Sons of St. Tammany in Philadelphia. Not exactly St. Nicholas, the children’s gift-giver.

After the American Revolution, New Yorkers remembered with pride their colony’s nearly-forgotten Dutch roots. John Pintard, the influential patriot and antiquarian who founded the New York Historical Society in 1804, promoted St. Nicholas as patron saint of both society and city. In January 1809, Washington Irving joined the society and on St. Nicholas Day that same year, he published the satirical fiction, Knickerbocker’s History of New York, with numerous references to a jolly St. Nicholas character. This was not the saintly bishop, rather an elfin Dutch burgher with a clay pipe. These delightful flights of imagination are the source of the New Amsterdam St. Nicholas legends: that the first Dutch emigrant ship had a figurehead of St. Nicholas: that St. Nicholas Day was observed in the colony; that the first church was dedicated to him; and that St. Nicholas comes down chimneys to bring gifts. Irving’s work was regarded as the “first notable work of imagination in the New World.”

The New York Historical Society held its first St. Nicholas anniversary dinner on December 6, 1810. John Pintard commissioned artist Alexander Anderson to create the first American image of Nicholas for the occasion. Nicholas was shown in a gift-giving role with children’s treats in stockings hanging at a fireplace. The accompanying poem ends, “Saint Nicholas, my dear good friend! To serve you ever was my end, If you will, now, me something give, I’ll serve you ever while I live.”

The 19th century was a time of cultural transition. New York writers, and others, wanted to domesticate the Christmas holiday. Christmas of old was not images of families gathered cozily around hearth and tree exchanging pretty gifts and singing carols while smiling benevolently at children. Rather, it was characterized by raucous, drunken mobs roaming streets, damaging property, threatening and frightening the upper classes. The holiday season, coming after harvest when work was eased and more leisure possible, was a time when workers and servants took the upper hand, demanding largess and more. At the same time a new understanding of family life and the place of children was also emerging. Childhood was coming to be seen as a stage of life in which greater protection, sheltering, training and education were needed. And so the season came to be tamed, turning toward shops and home. St. Nicholas, too, took on new attributes to fit the changing times.

1821 brought some new elements with publication of the first lithographed book in America, the Children’s Friend. This “Sante Claus” arrived from the North in a sleigh with a flying reindeer. The annonymous poem and illustrations proved pivital in shifting imagery away from a saintly bishop. Sante Claus fit a didactic mode, rewarding good cbehavior and punishing bad, leaving a “long, black birchen rod . . . directs a Parent’s hand to use when virtue’s path his sons refuse.” Gifts were safe toys, “pretty doll . . . peg-top, or a ball; no crackers, cannons, squibs, or rockets to blow their eyes up, or their pockets. No drums to stun their Mother’s ear, nor swords to make their sisters fear; but pretty books to store their mind with knowledge of each various kind.” The sleigh itself even sported a bookshelf for the “pretty books.” The book also notably marked S. Claus’ first apperance on Christmas Eve, rather than December 6th.

The jolly elf image received another big boost in 1823, from a poem destined to become immensely popular, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” now better known as “The Night Before Christmas.”

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf…

Washington Irving’s St. Nicholas strongly influenced the poem’s portrayal of a round, pipe-smoking, elf-like St. Nicholas. The poem generally has been attributed to Clement Clark Moore, a professor of biblical languages at New York’s Episcopal General Theological Seminary. However, a case has been made by Don Foster in Author Unknown, that Henry Livingston actually penned it in 1807 or 1808. Livingston was a farmer/patriot who wrote humorous verse for children. In any case, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” became a defining American holiday classic. No matter who wrote it, the poem has had enormous influence on the Americanization of St. Nicholas.

Other artists and writers continued the change to an elf-like St. Nicholas, “Sancte Claus,” or “Santa Claus,” unlike the stately European bishop. In 1863, during the Civil War, political cartoonist Thomas Nast began a series of annual black-and-white drawings in Harper’s Weekly, based on the descriptions found in the poem and Washington Irving’s work. These drawings established a rotund Santa with flowing beard, fur garments, and an omnipresent clay pipe. Nast’s Santa supported the Union and President Lincoln believed this contributed to the Union troops’ success by demoralizing Confederate soldiers. As Nast drew Santas until 1886, his work had considerable influence in forming the American Santa Claus. Along with appearance changes, the saint’s name shifted to Santa Claus—a natural phonetic alteration from the German Sankt Niklaus.

Santa was then portrayed by dozens of artists in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and colors. However by the end of the 1920s, a standard American Santa—life-sized in a red, fur-trimmed suit—had emerged from the work of N. C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell and other popular illustrators. In 1931 Haddon Sundblom began thirty-five years of Coca-Cola Santa advertisements that popularized and firmly established this Santa as an icon of contemporary commercial culture.

This Santa was life-sized, jolly, and wore the now familiar red suit. He appeared in magazines, on billboards, and shop counters, encouraging Americans to see Coke as the solution to “a thirst for all seasons.” By the 1950s Santa was turning up everywhere as a benign source of beneficence, endorsing an amazing range of consumer products. This commercial success led to the North American Santa Claus being exported around the world where he threatens to overcome the European St. Nicholas, who has retained his identity as a Christian bishop and saint.

It’s been a long journey from the Fourth Century Bishop of Myra, St. Nicholas, who showed his devotion to God in extraordinary kindness and generosity to those in need, to America’s jolly Santa Claus, whose largesse often supplies luxuries to the affluent. However, if you peel back the accretions, he is still Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, whose caring surprises continue to model true giving and faithfulness.

There is growing interest in reclaiming the original saint in the United States to help restore a spiritual dimension to this festive time. For indeed, St. Nicholas, lover of the poor and patron saint of children, is a model of how Christians are meant to live. A bishop, Nicholas put Jesus Christ at the center of his life, his ministry, his entire existence. Families, churches, and schools are embracing true St Nicholas traditions as one way to claim the true center of Christmas—the birth of Jesus. Such a focus helps restore balance to increasingly materialistic and stress-filled Advent and Christmas seasons.

Bob’s Blogging Blues!

Some good stuff from Old Belvedere!

Well I woke up this mornin’
And all my hits were down
Oh, I woke up this mornin’
And all my hits were down
All my friends are missing
I’m the only one who’s posting now

Santy Claus, Santy Claus
What you bringin’ down
Santy Claus, Santy Claus
What you bringin’ down
I need some linky lovin’
Before I shut this old blog thang down

—Ramblin’ Bob Belvedere, Blogger Mood Disorder Blues

I got me some Christmas Blogger Blues.  The only thing that will get me out of this funk is a little help from my Friends [In The Ether] and some blues…

-I always feel better when I head on over to Three Beers Later for some Jingle Bombs.  ‘Cause, if we don’t laugh at them, the terrorists win.

-Leave it to the Reaganite Republican to lift my spirits with some hilarious cartoons for the season.  Here’s my favorite, which I shamelessly swiped:

Gun-Packing Santa Draws Fire – Sacramento News Story – KCRA Sacramento

Gun-Packing Santa Draws Fire – Sacramento News Story – KCRA Sacramento.

Good grief! One mentally unstable idiot whines and obsesses over a cardboard cutout of Santa, and the owner of the business caves in? The only “controversy” was a hypersensitive nutcase who could not get over herself. Sadly, her tantrum was rewarded. I hope the owner realizes that they have encouraged future miscreants like the woman in this story.

Oh look kids, the Anti-Christmas assholes are out already!

PC run amok! The newest threat to the very existence of mankind? Red and Green,because they MIGHT, POSSIBLY, offend someone!

Teachers at Heathrow Elementary School have been ordered to banish images of Santa Claus from classrooms — along with traditional Christmas colors like red and green.

“You can’t use red and green,” one outraged parent told WESH. “It’s ridiculous.”

The parent, who serves as a volunteer room mother, said she was recently given a list of guidelines that listed the holiday restrictions.

She said the basic theme of the letter was, “We don’t want to offend anyone who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or the Christian beliefs.”

The Seminole County School Board has a policy that demands employees must be neutral on religious issues. Schools are not allowed to observe or promote holidays as religious events.

The school district says they celebrate the season with a winter theme.

WEll, what if Winter offends someone? Maybe they are always sick in colder months? What of their delicate sensitivities? Here is the deal folks, the vast majority of Americans celebrate CHRISTMAS, yes, I said CHRISTMAS! Folks who do not celebrate it have to DEAL with that fact! They have no right to demand everyone else bend over backwards to appease them. NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER!

You know it is Christmas season when….

Moronic Liberals start hating on the jolly fat guy

The annual Assault on Christmas is revving up this year. Dateline Chelmsford, MA, specifically the Byam Elementary School:

Kathryn McMillan and Kathleen Cullen, who both have children at Byam, asked school officials to allow all holiday items at the gift shop following a ban on Santa, candy canes, stockings, and all Christmas, Hanukkah and other “religious items.”

But a meeting with some PTO parents on Thursday night grew heated as emotions got in the way.

“One of the parents said, ‘If we allow Santa, what do we say if a child brings in a swastika? Do we allow that too?’ “

McMillan said. “All I could think of was, are you kidding? You’re comparing a Christmas ornament to a swastika? It seems as if reason is lost somewhere and I just hope we can find it again.”

I have said before and do so again. Stupid should hurt!