I’ve always been more of a Festivus guy anyway.
Smothers Brothers already called it… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRQYJ4ilaqs
“For a kindly old man, he’s mighty quick with the whip!”
Robert Kraus, New Yorker, 1965
According to this deeply weird made for TV treatment of a L. Frank Baum book, he is in fact immortal:
I remember reading about a Zen Buddhist monk nicknamed “Cloth Sack” in an Alan Watts book. He wandered from town to town in the early 10th Century CE, distributing small toys and sweets to children from his sack, where he also spread good cheer to all with his jolly laughter.
He was the inspiration for the Happy Buddha depicted in East Asian art.
Best Santa fact: he punched a dude at the council of Nicaeaover a theological dispute.
Impish or admirable, ya think?
I’m going to be so disappointed if he looks nothing like his pictures.
So, we have just “discovered” that the temple dedicated to him was, by complete coincidence, built over his grave?
Until now, the bones of St Nicholas were believed to be in Bari, Italy. It had been thought they were taken by Italian merchants in 1087 when Myra - at the time a Greek town - was invaded by the Seljuk Turks.
Nothing simply “is believed”! It was believed by whom? I know that the BBC news is not beyond weasel words, but if we point it out enough times, maybe they will grow out of it.
imagine thinking Santa wasn’t already some kind of benevolent ghost
How else does a fat man fit down a chimney?
Yes, but, if they check it at Christmas, it’ll be empty.
First Christmas advert of the year sighted here in the UK - yesterday.
Where is the “Mission Accomplished” banner?
Did someone say Spanish Inquisition?