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9,455.  I really will.  I’ll do something.  I really will in a minute.  I really will.  (Christmas & Do)  ibid.  Eddie to Pattie

 

9,456.  I’ve just been to church.  Pay my respects.  You know.  I like to go once a year, that’s all.  Just in case.  Keep the options open, eh.  (Christmas & Church)  ibid.  Harvey to Clive

 

9,457.  One day we’ll wake up.  If we wake up at all that is.  And our so-called civilisation will have vanished overnight.  (Christmas & Sleep & Civilisation)  ibid.  Harvey to Clive

 

9,458.  I don’t fancy a woman in my bed any more than a man.  (Christmas & Sex)  ibid.  Rachel to Clive

 

9,459.  Why does sex go and spoil everything?  (Christmas & Sex)  ibid. 

 

9,460.  There’s a strong possibility the man’s a homosexual.  He hangs about with engine drivers apparently.  (Christmas & Sex & Homosexual)  ibid.  Harvey

 

9,461.  All I can really say about you is that you’re a snob, bigot, a racist, a chauvinist and an ignorant insensitive narrow-minded intolerant humourless wart.  (Christmas & Insult)  ibid.  Bernard to Harvey 

 

9,462.  You can’t go around shooting your guests you know whatever you might think of them.  (Christmas & Shoot & Guest)  ibid.  Neville

 

 

9,463.  In recent years this uniquely British tradition has been monopolized by TV talent shows.  But the backlash is well under way.  And the great race for the Christmas No.1 is back.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music)  The Christmas No.1 Story, BBC 2012

 

9,464.  1952: Al Martino: Here in my heart.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music & Heart)  ibid.

 

9,465.  1955: Dickie Valentine: Christmas Alphabet.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music)  ibid. 

 

9,466. 1957: Harry Belafonte: Mary’s Boy Child.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music & Children)  ibid.

 

9,467.  1963: The Beatles: I Want to Hold Your Hand.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music & Hand)  ibid.

 

9,468.  1969: Rolf Harris: Two Little Boys.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music & Boy)  ibid.

 

9,469.  The Christmas Top of the Pops was the perfect arena for this gladiatorial glitter-off.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music)  ibid.

 

9,470.  1973: Wizard: I Wish it Could be Christmas v Slade: Merry Christmas, Everybody.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music)  ibid.

 

9,471.  1976: Johnny Mathis: When a Child is Born.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music & Children)  ibid. 

 

9,472.  1978: Bony M: Mary’s Boy Child.  (Christmas & Music & Pope Music & Children)  ibid.

 

9,473.  1981: The Human League: Don’t You Want Me.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music & Want)  ibid. 

 

9,474.  Wham: Last Christmas: the highest selling single ever not to make it to Number One.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music)  ibid.

 

9,475.  1984: Band Aid: Do They Know It’s Christmas?  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music)  ibid.

 

9,476.  1985: Shakin’ Stevens: Merry Christmas, Everyone.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music)  ibid. 

 

9,477.  1988: Cliff Richard v Jason & Kylie.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music)  ibid.

 

9,478.  1990: Cliff Richard: Saviour’s Day.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music & Saviour & Day)  ibid. 

 

9,479.  The big ballads took over.  ibid.

 

9,480.  1994: E17: Stay Another Day.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music & Day)  ibid.

 

9,481.  2000: Bob The Builder: Can We Fix It?  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music & Build)  ibid.

 

9,482.  2009: Rage Against The Machine.  (Christmas & Music & Pop Music & Machine)  ibid.

 

 

9,483.  Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!  What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.  What if Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more!  Dr Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

 

 

9,484.  ‘One can never have enough socks,’ said Dumbledore.  ‘Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair.  People will insist on giving me books.’  (Christmas & Socks)  J K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sourcerer's Stone

 

 

9,485.  The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.  (Christmas & Santa Claus)  George Carlin

 

 

9,486.  A female Santa?  Where does it stop?  (Christmas & Santa Claus)  The US Office: Secret Santa, Michael to Jim

 

9,487.  With two Santas in the room things get ruthless.  (Christmas & Santa Claus)  ibid.

 

 

9,488.  Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.  (Christmas & Santa Claus)  Francis Pharcellus Church 1839-1906, American journalist, letter to eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon

 

 

9,489.  John Lennon once said that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus Christ. He was wrong.  That honor belongs to Santa Claus.  An estimated 85% of American four-year-olds believe in Santa.  Only 82% of adults in a recent poll told Gallup that they were Christians.  Among their respective target audiences, Santa out-pulls Jesus by a nose.  (Christmas & Santa Claus & Christian & Children)  Tom Flynn, The Trouble with Christmas

 

9,490.  During World War II, labor leader John L Lewis called a coal miners’ strike just before Christmas.  NBC opened its radio newscast with the words, ‘John L Lewis just shot Santa Claus’.  In the next hour, thirty thousand calls inundated the network’s switchboards.  A Texas boy despaired and downed a bottle of castor oil.  So frightening was the reaction that NBC hurriedly staged an ‘interview with Santa Claus’ to reassure Americans that the jolly old elf was still alive.  (Christmas & Christian & Santa Claus & Mining & Television & Children)  ibid.

 

9,491.  Reason #1: To Teach and Perpetrate the Santa Claus Myth, Parents Must Lie to Their Children.  Reason #2: The Santa Claus Myth Exploits Characteristic Weakness in Young Children’s Thinking, Perhaps Obstructing Their Passage to Later Stages of Cognitive Development.  Reason #3: To Buoy Belief, Adults Stage Elaborate Deceptions, Laying Traps for the Child’s Developing Intellect.  Reason #4: The Myth Encourages Lazy Parenting and Promotes Unhealthy Fear.  Reason #5: The Number of Characteristics that Santa Claus Shares with God and Jesus Verges on the Blasphemous.  (Christmas & Christian & Santa Claus & Mining & Television & Children & Parent)  ibid. 


9,492.  What price are we paying for lying to children about Santa Claus?  It may be steeper than we think.  Because the myth panders to childhood credulity, some have implicated it in the rising incidence of scientific illiteracy among the young.  Because it encourages children to build their world views on authority, not on independent thinking, others have related it to the abysmal judgment supposedly displayed by young adults.  Can parents honestly be surprised when children do not consult them before experimenting with sex, drugs, crime, or destructive relationships – so soon after their parents have made it clear that children cannot trust them to provide accurate knowledge of the world?  A Christian parent put the issue clearly in a letter to the editor:

‘Certainly we can’t get away with lies for seven to ten years and then expect children to ‘outgrow’ Santa ... then suddenly expect them to believe us when we mention high intensity moral issues.

‘Simply being honest with our children, in my opinion, would outweigh anything Santa ever brought’.  (Christmas & Christian & Santa Claus & Mining & Television & Children & Parent & Honesty & Lies)  ibid.

 

 

9,493.  The fairies are gone ... the witches are gone ... the ghosts are gone. Santa Claus alone still lingers with us.  For heaven’s sake, let us keep him as long as we can.  (Santa Claus & Christmas)  Gamaliel Bradford, cited Flynn

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