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9,495.  [A]ny adult who dares tell a child the objective truth on the matter is considered worse than blasphemous.  (Santa Claus & Christmas & Children)  Renzo Sereno  

 

 

9,496.  He who would destroy a child’s faith in Father Christmas, and thus annihilate the exquisite poetry of childhood, should be kept chained up beyond the reach of his fellow man.  (Santa Claus & Christmas & Children)  W J Locker

 

 

9,497.  A priest who told youngsters that Santa Claus is dead and that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer doesn’t exist was acting on his ‘zeal to emphasize the spiritual dimension’ of Christmas, church officials said Tuesday.

The Diocese of Metuchen issued a statement to clarify comments by the Reverend Romano Ferraro at the St John Vianney Roman Catholic Church in Colonia [New Jersey] on Saturday.

 
Ferraro also had said that parents who tell their children Santa exists are liars.


‘He tried to kill Santa,’ said Joanne Apolonia, a mother who attended the weekend Mass at the Church with her ‘Confraternity of Christian Doctrine’ class.  ‘That’s how the kids took it.’  (Christmas & Santa Claus & Lie & Honesty & Priest)  Associated Press article Christmyth: Priest Says Parents Lie, Santa Dead, reprinted The Arizona Republic 10th December 1986

 

 

9,498.  David Henry – a PE teacher at Fairwood Elementary School in Kent, Washington – landed in hot water when parents of five- and six-year-old students said it wasn’t ‘his business ... to put away their visions of sugar plums and view the world with Scrooge-like realism’.  (Santa Claus & Christmas & Teacher)  News article Truth Hurts: Gym Teacher Gives Lowdown on Santa, reprinted The Phoenix Gazette 1st January 1994

 

 

9,499.  Santa Claus handed a book with a singularly blunt message to the suburban Virginia tots who sat on his lap at Tyson’s Corner Center last week: There really is no Santa.  (Christmas & Santa Claus)  News article The Washington Post, reprinted The Arizona Republic 26th November 1989

 

 

9,500.  Outrage After Teacher Tells 7-Year-Olds Santa Is Not Real.  (Christmas & Santa Claus)  Fox News 11th December 2008

 

 

9,501.  Calvin:  This whole Santa Claus thing just doesn’t make sense.  Why all the secrecy?  Why all the mystery?  If the guy exists why doesn’t he ever show himself and prove it?  And if he doesn’t exist what’s the meaning of all this?

 

Hobbes:  I dunno.  Isn’t this a religious holiday?

 

Calvin:  Yeah, but actually, I’ve got the same questions about God.  (Christmas & God)  Bill Watterson

 

 

9,502.  In the old days it was not called the Holiday Season: the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank.  People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!’  (Christmas & Alcohol & Drunk & Atheist & Drink)   Dave Barry

 

 

9,517.  Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.  (Christmas & Shopping)  Dave Barry

 

 

9,503.  Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.  Norman Vincent Peale

 

 

9,504.  The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington D.C.  This wasn’t for any religious reasons.  They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.  (Christmas & Washington)  Jay Leno

 

 

9,505.  Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.  To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.  Calvin Coolidge

 

 

9,506.  Always winter but never Christmas.  (Christmas & Winter)  C S Lewis, ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

 

 

9,507.  Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!  (Christmas & Happiness)  Charles Dickens

 

 

9,508.  He went to the church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and for, and patted the children on the head, and questioned beggars, and looked down into the kitchens of homes, and up to the windows, and found that everything could yield him pleasure.  He had never dreamed of any walk, that anything, could give him so much happiness.  (Christmas & Happiness)  Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol p119

 

9,531.  I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.  ibid.

 

9,532.  A merry Christmas to everybody!  A happy New Year to all the world!  ibid.

 

 

9,513.  Christmas is a time in which, of all times in the year, the memory of every remediable sorrow, wrong, and trouble in the world around us, should be active with us, not less than our own experiences, for all good.  Charles Dickens, The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain

 

 

9,509.  Christmas it seems to me is a necessary festival; we require a season when we can regret all the flaws in our human relationships: it is the feast of failure, sad but consoling.  Graham Greene, Travels With My Aunt

 

 

9,510.  Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.  (Christmas & Homeless)  G K Chesterton, Beave New Family

 

 

9,511.  At this time of year it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity – the lies, the corruption, the abuse.  (Christianity & Christmas)  Banksy

 

 

9,512.  I felt overstuffed and dull and disappointed, the way I always do the day after Christmas, as if whatever it was the pine boughs and the candles and the silver and gilt-ribboned presents and the birch-log fires and the Christmas turkey and the carols at the piano promised never came to pass.  Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

 

 

9,514.  For the rest, silence or good music, not much food, a lot of solitude, walks on the Heath, the time to think while others ... well, often fall apart.  Not so bad, not so bad at all.  Being queer and self-sufficient is the best present at this season.  (Christmas & Homosexual)  Will Self, The Book of Dave

 

 

9,515.  I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.  (Christmas & Batteries)  Bernard Manning

 

 

9,516.  What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.  (Christmas & Job & Party)  Phyllis Diller

 

 

9,517.  Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.  (Christmas & Shopping)  Dave Barry

 

 

9,520.  I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.  William Tecumseh Sherman

 

 

9,521.  It’s surprising to me how many of my friends send Christmas cards, or holiday cards, including my atheist and secular friends.  (Christmas & Atheism)  Christopher Hitchens

 

 

9,522.  Christmas in LA is weird.  There’s no snow.  It’s not even cold.  (Christmas & Los Angeles)  Ellie Goulding

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