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Christmastime in New Orleans, by Louis Armstrong
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Merry Christmas, Dan!
A little Satch is always nice, Haleluia!
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays Dan to you and your family.
To all posters on Dan’s blog. Have a peaceful + safe holiday and a very merry Christmas…
“A little Satch is always nice, Haleluia!”
Despite leaving a letter out, I know what you mean and agree.
Merry Christmas to all!!
I seldom post links to the weekly Police Limit Comic as they are typically too “politically-motivated, pro-law enforcement … topical in its writing and unapologetically blunt” for many here.
Howsoever, many might like this past Sunday’s: http://tinyurl.com/brzt3xb
As Satch also sang:
“From Coney Island to the Sunset Strip,
Somebody’s gonna make a happy trip,
Tonight, while the moon is bright”
Stay warm, everybody, but keep those chimneys clear.
Snow for Christmas?
Merry Christmas fellow bloggers!! Just had dinner with sons, wife’s family and a few friends. Waitin’ for Santa to arrive.
Satch’s best duet partner:
Merry Christmas all!
Merry Christmas to all! May everyone have a joyous day!
As we don’t have a very recent Open Thread and I’ll be heading to one of my daughters for the extended family gift exchange, I put this here.
Now that most folk have done the Santa routine (if you still have The Visit) maybe we could talk about the following article.
FWIIW, I have often though about the issue of the double standard teaching children not to lie and then lying themselves, the emphasis on the “good” v. “bad” list, the impact of kids being ridiculed for believing and the inevitable discussion when they found out the truth, especially when they have younger siblings.
Preserving Christmas’ mystery
In sunny L.A., believing in Santa and creating make-believe winter wonderlands are just part of carrying on a holiday ideal.
By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
December 25, 2012
Santa Claus is really up against it this Christmas.
In conversation with parents at work and parties this holiday season, I was startled to learn that some of them are rethinking the holiday legend for their kids. And not for the usual religious and cultural reasons.
Dave Hicks, I understand the reasoning of the man from Watts, but I agree with the woman who said she doesn’t see it so much as lying, as creating a fantasy. I see it as creating a magical time for children. There are children who don’t receive gifts, because their parents can’t afford food, rent, and toys. The young ones have to wonder why Santa didn’t bring them anything, and I can’t imagine the pain that brings to the parents. They are suffering along with their children.
I don’t know, maybe it is wrong to delude children, but it’s done in the spirit of love. It’s up to each parent to decide for themselves. What is very wrong IMO are parents who force their frightened children to sit on Santa’s lap so they can get a picture. A crying terrified child is not a humorous or heartwarming sight.
I asked my kids once about whether or not they considered Id “lied” to them about Santa. They looked at me like I was nuts. Truly, if parents can get the job done with telling their kids about Santa being their most egregious error, good work.
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Mon, 09 Dec 2013 03:47:15 +0000
Metro Columnist Dan Casey knows a little bit about a lot of things but not a heck of a lot about most things. That doesn't keep him from writing about them, however. So keep him honest!
He welcomes your rants, raves and considered opinions, so long as the language is civil (i.e. no four-letter words). He'll read all your posts and may or may not respond.