Must See Video: Drumming In A Snow Storm – Candy Cane Drumsticks, Elf Shoes And All!

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Hat/Tip to Drum Talk TV.

Awesome video, fun to watch and the drumming is pretty snazzy, too.

Here’s a bit of holiday spirit for you, courtesy of Drum Talk TV fan Joey Muha! Please don’t pile on because he played the drums in a blizzard. No drums, cymbals or hardware were injured in the making of this video!

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Reagan: Christmas Address, 1981

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As a last minute addition to the Christmas posts here at the CH 2.0, here is the 1981 Christmas address of then President Ronald Reagan.

Reagan actually stood for something, unlike the current occupant of the office of President of the United States.

H/T: Weasel Zippers

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Christmas 2013

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Merry Christmas!  Here is the reason for the season, so to speak…

2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

2:16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

2:17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

2:18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Have a great Christmas!

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NORAD Tracks Santa: 2013

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For over five decades, NORAD has tracked Santa for children all over the US, and now, the world.

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Millions of people who want to know Santa’s whereabouts now visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide updates on Santa’s journey.

Kids, you can keep track of Santa by going to the NORAD tracks Santa website.  There are games, videos, and the tracking information for Santa.  Just don’t stay up too late!

Merry Christmas!

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The Green Mitten Mystery: A Christmas Story

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One Thursday in December, on the first morning of the first snowfall of the Christmas Season, three kids were walking to school. They were two brothers named DJ and Ryan and their little sister, Kaylee. Kaylee being in Kindergarden was the youngest, and she sure didn’t like it sometimes.

DJ said, “It sure is cold, I wish it was warmer!”

“I’m glad that it’s cold”, Kaylee replied.

“Are you crazy?”

“No I’m not!” Kaylee said, as she stamped her foot.

Ryan said, “Remember what Dad told us? The first snowfall of the season means Santa was here checking up on everyone to see if they were being good!” When the kids were around the corner from the school, Kaylee saw something lying out in the middle of the street and said, “Hey, what’s that?”

“I don’t know, let’s go see!” Ryan exclaimed.

So the boys began to run into the street, but when Kaylee started to go, DJ told her, “You stay here, Kaylee. You’re too young to go into the street.” Kaylee hated being the youngest sometimes.

When they got out into the street, they saw that the thing on the ground was a mitten, a green one with beautiful golden threads. About that time the school bell rang, so Ryan grabbed the mitten and put it in his book bag. The boys ran back to Kaylee and the three of them went on to school.

Later that night after the children had all done their homework, after the family had supper and after everybody was in bed, Ryan took the green mitten out of his book bag. Quietly, so he didn’t wake his brother, Ryan slipped the mitten onto his hand. When he did this, the room grew very bright, the mitten got very warm, and the golden threads started to sparkle. Of course this woke up his brother, DJ because they shared a room.
He couldn’t believe his eyes!

“What is that?” asked DJ, “And why is it so bright in here?”

Ryan said, “This is that mitten we found this morning, the green one with the golden threads. I waited ’till everyone was in bed, then I got it out and put it on. That’s when it got warm and bright in here!”

“What else does it do?” demanded DJ.

“I don’t know” said Ryan and pointed the mitten at one of his stuffed animals.

Suddenly it rose up and started shaking. This scared Ryan, so he quickly took the mitten off and the stuffed bear fell back on the bed. His brother, Ryan grabbed the mitten, put it on and pointed it at the stuffed animal again. Once again, the bear rose up and this time Ryan moved the mitten and the bear moved, too! Wherever the mitten pointed, the stuffed bear moved all around the room.

“Wow!” said Ryan.

“How does it do that?” wondered DJ. “Why does it do that?”

Ryan said, “I have an idea.” Then he pointed it at their dog, Buddy. Just like the stuffed bear, he began to rise up and move when the mitten was pointing at him.

“This has got to belong to Santa!” exclaimed Ryan as he lowered the mitten and let Buddy back down on his bed. “Think about it, we found it the morning after the first snow fall of the winter when Santa was flying overhead checking up on who is naughty and nice.

“He must have dropped it,” DJ said.

“This is cool!” exclaimed Ryan as he pointed it at their dog again. And before any of them knew it, Buddy was flying around the room, wagging his tail and barking happily. The barking must have woken their parents up, because just then, the hallway light came on. “Oh no!” DJ said, “Its Dad! Ryan put Buddy down and hide the mitten; we’ll talk about this in the morning!” So Ryan quickly put the mitten under his pillow and for the rest of the night he dreamed about mittens, and flying, and all sorts of wonderful things.

The next morning the children’s older sister, Katelyn brought her little boy, Brenden over. She was grown up and out of the house, so it was always fun when she visited and brought her baby.
The boys were very sleepy because they were up so late the night before playing with the mitten. Mom was pretty busy baby-sitting their cousin and making their lunches, so she almost didn’t notice that the boys were running late. In their rush to get ready, Ryan forgot the mitten under his pillow, and the boys went to school without it.

Later that afternoon around his naptime, Brenden began to get a little fussy. So Ryan’s Mom put Brenden down for his nap in Ryan’s bed. While Brenden was supposed to be taking a nap, he found the mitten under the pillow where Ryan had left it. Without giving it a thought, he slipped the mitten on. The room grew very bright, the mitten got very warm, and the golden threads started to sparkle! Of course Brenden was frightened and without meaning to, he pointed the mitten at his cousin’s dog, Buddy.

This time Buddy was ready and he took off flying through the house! Brenden laughed and laughed crying, “Look at Buddy! He can fly!” He ran after Buddy as he flew into the kitchen. Mom and Dad ran into the kitchen to see what the racket was all about. You should have seen the look on their faces when they saw their dog flying through the air!

“What is that dog doing?” yelled Mom.

“Come here, Buddy” Dad called and grabbed the dog.

Well, you can imagine how many questions they had for the boys when they got home from school.

“Where did you get that mitten?” Brenden’s Mom, Katelyn wanted to know.

“Who gave it to you?” asked Dad. Brenden started laughing and tried to grab the mitten. “No, Brenden, you shouldn’t play with this you might get hurt,” said Katelyn.

“Nobody is going to play with this!” stated Mom, “Because tomorrow I’m taking it down to the police station. They will know what to do with it.”

That night after everyone was asleep; Ryan got out of bed and woke D.J up. “Come on,” he said, “we gotta get that mitten back. If Santa doesn’t have that mitten, then there won’t be any Christmas.”

“Do you think Santa really dropped it on the street by our school?” DJ wondered.

Ryan replied, “Of course, he did; and we’ve got to get it back to him.”

“Well, we’d better get the mitten from Mom before she gives it to the police, then.” DJ warned.

“I know!” said DJ, “Ryan, you could pretend to be sick and when Mom goes to get the thermometer, you could grab the mitten!”

“No way! I’m not getting into trouble this close to Christmas.” exclaimed Ryan, and he added a very firm, “Forget you, pal!”

“It looks like I’ll have to do this myself,” sighed DJ.

“Well, you are the oldest,” said Ryan. All of a sudden, DJ didn’t like being the oldest. But he walked to his parent’s room and very timidly knocked on their bedroom door. When there was no answer, he swallowed hard and knocked again, louder. This time he heard his Mom say, “Who is it? – What’s the matter?”

“It’s me, Mom.” DJ answered.

“Come on in, son.” his Mom replied as she turned on the light, “What’s wrong?”

“W-W-Well, I-I was w-wondering if you would t-t-take my t-temperature,” stammered DJ. He was very nervous. While his Mom was getting the thermometer, DJ grabbed the mitten off of her dresser and tossed it into the living room where it was dark. She returned with the thermometer and DJ said “I feel better, Mom. Guess it was just a-a bad dream.”

Mom said, “After all the excitement today, it’s a wonder you can sleep at all! Now go back to bed.”

So DJ turned and walked out of his parents’ room. When his Mom had closed the door, DJ grabbed the mitten and ran back to show his brothers that he had gotten it!
“I got it! I got it!” exclaimed DJ.

“SShhh!” warned Ryan, “You wanna wake up everybody in the whole house?

“Okay, okay.” DJ sighed, “But now in the morning Mom will see that the mitten is gone and she’ll know that I took it!”

“Well, we gotta get it to Santa before Mom finds out then.” added Ryan.

“How are we going to do that?” asked DJ, “It’s not like he lives across town. I mean do you know how far away the North Pole is?”

“But if Santa doesn’t get that mitten he can’t make his reindeer fly. And if he can’t make his reindeer fly, then there won’t be any Christmas!” cried Ryan.

“Looks like we’ve got no choice, we’ll have to leave tonight and take the mitten back to Santa,” Ryan decided.

“Oh right, we’ll just hop in Dad’s car, cruise up to the North Pole and say ‘Hey Santa, how’s it going dude? Oh and, by the way, here’s your mitten!’” DJ laughed.

“Come on, think. What do we have that can take us anywhere we want to go?” asked Ryan.
When DJ didn’t answer, Ryan said, “The mitten!”
Once again DJ laughed and said, “Yeah! I’ll be right back. Just gotta go outside and harness up all our reindeer!”

“No duh, we’ll have to use something else.” Rubbing his chin and thinking out loud, Ryan said, “Well, Buddy isn’t big enough and doesn’t have thick enough fur to keep him warm at the North Pole, but I do know where there is a dog that could do the job.” answered Ryan.

“No way!” said DJ. “That’s too dangerous.”

”But we’ve got to do something,” Ryan replied. “I mean if Santa doesn’t get this mitten back, there won’t be a Christmas!”

“Come on, DJ” said Ryan. “You know I’m right, we have to do something.”

“But Killer is a HUGE dog. And his name is KILLER! And he is a KILLER dog!!” cried DJ.

“I think he’s just a Saint Bernard,” Ryan said.

Ryan was talking about the biggest, meanest dog in the whole town. Killer. Killer belonged to Old Man Foster, who lived in the creepiest, scariest house in the whole town.

“Look, we have to try. How would you feel if we didn’t even try?” asked Ryan.

“Okay, okay,” DJ finally gave in, “let’s go. But remember, this wasn’t my idea.”

Quietly the boys got dressed and snuck out of their house and started down the road on their way out to the edge of town, to the scariest old house around – the Foster House!

As the boys got out on the road, they heard footsteps behind them. DJ said, “Run and hide!” so the boys quickly ran over to the side of the road and hid behind a telephone pole. All they heard was laughter. Peeking out from the telephone pole, DJ saw his little sister standing in the middle of the road, laughing at her brothers.

“It’s only Kaylee, Ryan. Come on out.” said DJ as he turned to his sister, asking “What are you doing here, Kaylee?”

“I heard you guys sneak out of the house, so I followed you,” she said. “What are you doing way out here, anyway?”

“We’re getting Old Man Foster’s dog, Killer and we’re gonna use him to go to the North Pole and give Santa his mitten back and save Christmas!” Ryan gushed all at once.

“Be quiet Ryan,” DJ said, “now she knows what our plans are. You’ll have to go back home, Kaylee.”

But she would have nothing of that, “I wanna go with you!! If you make me go back I’ll tell Mom and Dad all about your dumb old plans!”

“We don’t have time to argue,” DJ added, “so you’ll have to listen to us and do whatever we say.”

“Okay, I promise!!” Kaylee said, excited to be included in her brothers’ adventure. Maybe it wasn’t so bad being the youngest.

So now the three of them approached the old Foster house. They snuck into the back yard through a hole in the fence between two bushes.

“There’s Killer,” said DJ.

“I hope he’s already had dinner!” gulped Ryan.

Just about then, the back porch light came on and a gruff voice said, “Okay you kids, come on out. I know what you’re up to!”

“Oh no! How’d he know what we’re doing?” asked Ryan. But the kids stood and slowly walked up to the old house.

Once inside they found the house very neat and tidy. Then they reluctantly told Mr. Foster the whole story. Instead of yelling at them or calling the police, Mr. Foster smiled and said, “Well, after that adventure, I bet that you kids would enjoy a cup of hot chocolate!” And with that he turned and went into the kitchen to make four steaming cups of hot chocolate – complete with marshmallows. While he was gone Ryan said, “Wow! I thought he was mean and grumpy.”

“I guess we were wrong about him,” Ryan offered. “Remember that Dad says to look for the best in everybody.”

“Hey, don’t forget, we’ve still got a mitten to deliver.” DJ reminded everyone.

Just then there was a knock on the front door and Mr. Foster went to open it. Never in a thousand years – no – never ever even in a million years would DJ or Ryan or even Kaylee have guessed who was about to step into that old house just then!

But there he was – red suit, black boots, white beard and only one green mitten!!

“I understand you children found something that just might belong to me.” he said with a voice that was at once booming with authority and yet soft and gentle at the same time. None of the boys were able to say a single word, but Kaylee stood up and yelled “Santa Claus!” and ran straight to him. Then she gave him the biggest hug that she knew how to give!

For the next half hour the children told Santa how they had found the mitten and all the trouble that they had gone through to try to return it to him. Finally, Santa looked at his pocket watch and said, “Well children, if you’ll give me the mitten, I’ll be going now. After all, Christmas is only a week away and I still have a lot to do!” So DJ handed the mitten to Santa and all the children and Mr. Foster told Santa goodbye. And as he walked out the door everyone heard him say, “Ho, ho, ho! Thank you children, and Merry Christmas.”

Shortly after Santa left, the children saw car headlights pull up to the house. “Uh-oh,” said DJ, “its Mom and Dad.”

“I bet we’re really gonna get it!” cried DJ.

Ryan said, “Since it was my idea to try to make it to the North Pole, I’ll take the punishment.”

Then Ryan realized that in all their excitement over meeting Santa Claus, they forgot to ask him how he had known that they had his mitten. So, he asked, “But how did Santa and Mom and Dad know where we were and what we were doing?”

“I guess I can answer that,” said Dad as he walked through the door. “Mr. Foster gave us a call a little while ago. He said that you were all over here and he also told us about the mitten.”

“But how did you know, Mr. Foster?” asked DJ.

“Yeah, how did you know about the mitten and how did Santa know?” demanded Kaylee.

“Okay, okay kids!” Dad exclaimed, “That’s enough for tonight. It’s late and we need to get you kids back home to bed!” Then he turned to Mr. Foster and said, “Thanks so much, we’re sorry if the kids bothered you or Killer. You know how excited kids can get around Christmas time.”

“Oh don’t worry about it. It was fun to have visitors. They’re welcome anytime for a cup of hot chocolate!” replied Mr. Foster.

With that Mom and Dad ushered the kids out the front door. As they were on their way out and just before she walked out Mr. Foster’s front door, Kaylee looked back and she saw something that made it all very clear for her. On a table in the other room, where she could just see it through a partially open door was a bright red phone next to a candy cane-striped pole with a sign on it that read

north-pole-hotline-2“So that was how they knew!!” Kaylee said to herself.

No one else saw it, only her.

And for the first time, she was glad she was the youngest.

The End

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Churchill’s Christmas Eve Address: December 24, 1941

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I saw this, posted by Publius, at Big Government, and thought I would share it here.  We’re all facing struggles at this time, but in 1941, we were facing something darker.  To reflect that, here is Winston Churchill’s Christmas Eve address to the American people, dated December 24, 1941.

I spend this anniversary and festival far from my country, far from my family, yet I cannot truthfully say that I feel far from home.  Whether it be the ties of blood on my mother’s side, or the friendships I have developed here over many years of active life, or the commanding sentiment of comradeship in the common cause of great peoples who speak the same language, who kneel at the same altars and, to a very large extent, pursue the same ideals, I cannot feel myself a stranger here in the centre and at the summit of the United States.  I feel a sense of unity and fraternal association which, added to the kindliness of your welcome,  convinces me that I have a right to sit at your fireside and share your Christmas joys.

This is a strange Christmas Eve.  Almost the whole world is locked in deadly struggle, and, with the most terrible weapons which science can devise, the nations advance upon each other.  Ill would it be for us this Christmastide if we were not sure that no greed for the land or wealth of any other people, no vulgar ambition, no morbid lust for material gain at the expense of others, had led us to the field.  Here, in the midst of war, raging and roaring over all the lands and seas, creeping nearer to our hearts and homes, here, amid all the tumult, we have tonight the peace of the spirit in each cottage home and in every generous heart.  Therefore we may cast aside for this night at least the cares and dangers which beset us, and make for the children an evening of happiness in a world of storm.  Here, then, for one night only, each home throughout the English-speaking world should be a brightly-lighted island of happiness and peace.

Let the children have their night of fun and laughter.  Let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play.  Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures before we turn again to the stern task and the formidable years that lie before us, resolved that, by our sacrifice and daring, these same children shall not be robbed of their inheritance or denied their right to live in a free and decent world.

And so, in God’s mercy, a happy Christmas to you all.

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Sunday Links: Christmas Commercial Edition Revisited

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Happy Sunday everyone! We’re going to continue our Christmas theme for the link post. Last week, we had a collection of Christmas songs, in the week prior to that, we had some vintage Christmas commercials. I’m going to go back to the Christmas commercials and give you an entirely different set. This time, were to go farther back in time, as well as into the 90s into the 21st century. This is my favorite time of year, and I can literally not get enough of this stuff. I hope you feel the same way.

 

It is also perfect opportunity to give another mention to two new contributors here at the Conservative Hideout. The first is Steve, from Cry and Howl. The other is Teresa, from TeresAmerica. Continue to watch for their material, and I’m sure that you’ll agree that they are wonderful additions to the Conservative Hideout team.

 

So, without further ado, here are the links,including some more vintage Christmas commercials. Enjoy!

90 Miles for Tyranny

 

Adrienne’s Corner

 

All American Blogger

Always on Watch

 

America Victorious

 

America’s Watchtower

 

American and Proud

American Glob

 

American Perspective

 

An Ol’Broad’s Ramblings

Angry Mike’s Hood

 

ARRA News Service

 

Ask Marion

 

Asylum Watch

Atlas Shrugs

 

Bacon Time!!!!!

 

Be Sure You’re RIGHT, Then Go Ahead

BizPac Reiview

 

Blackmailers Don’t shoot

 

BlazingCatFur

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Bob’s Blog

 

Bunkerville

Capitol Commentary

 

Catholibertarian

 

Chicks on the Right

Closet Conservatives

 

Cmblake6’s Weblog

 

Conservative Blog Central

Conservative Hideout Forum

 

Cordite in the Morning

 

Cry and Howl

 

Da Tech Guy

Daily Pundit

 

Dead Republican Party (DeRP)

 

Double Trouble Two

Doug Ross

 

Free North Carolina

 

Frugal Cafe Blog Zone

 

Gateway Pundit

Girls Just Wanna Have Guns

 

Gulag Bound

 

H & B

 

He’s Pretty Fly for a Jersey Guy

Hogewash

 

Hot Air

 

Infidel Bloggers Alliance

Instapundit

 

IowaDawg

 

IOwnTheWorld

 

Jill Stanek

Joshua Pundit

 

Just a Conservative Girl

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Knuckledraggin my life away

 

Lady Liberty 1885

 

Left Coast Resistance

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

 

Lonely Conservative

 

Maggie’s Notebook

Manhattan Infidel

 

Milchelle Malkin

 

Miss K’s World

Motor City Times

 

Nebraska Energy Observer

 

Nice Deb

 

NoneOfAnyImport

Nonsensible Shoes

 

Nuke Gingrich

 

Political Clown Parade

Political Realities

 

Politics in Northeast Pennsylvania

 

Proof Positive

 

Radio Patriot

Randy’s Roundtable

 

Reaganite Republican

 

Rebel Pundit

Redstate

 

RedStateEclectic

 

Regular Right Guy

 

Riehl World View

Right Wing News

 

rjjrdq’s America II

 

Sister Toldjah

Small Dead Animals

 

Soylent Siberia

 

Spellchek

 

Start Thinking Right

Stix Blog

 

Tea Party America

 

TeresAmerica

Teri O’Brien

 

Texas Fred

 

That Mr G Guy

 

THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS

The Camp of the Saints

 

The Classic Liberal

 

The Conservative Beacon

 

The Conservative Lady

The Conservatory

 

The Daily Smug

 

The Daley Gator

The David Madeira Show

 

The Jawa Report

 

The Lid

The Other McCain

 

The Scottcarp Dream

 

The Snark who Hunts Back

 

The TrogloPundit

Theo Spark

 

To be Right

 

Totus

USA Partisan 2009

 

ViralRead

 

Voting American

 

Western Front America

Western Hero

 

What Would The Founders Think?

 

Woman Honor Thyself

 

Woodsterman

 

WyBlog

 

Zilla of the Resistance

On the 12th day of Christmas, my government gave to me:

Well, there you have it.  This was actually a very fun post to make. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. Have a great Sunday, and a Merry Christmas!

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Santa Declares Bankruptcy

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I need capital!

I need capital!

Santa Claus, founder and CEO of Santa Claus Industries, has announced that he will be filing for chapter 11. With liabilities of over 300,000 million and assets of only $1,245 Santa says that he really has no choice.

“The business has changed” said Santa.

It used to be I was the only game in town.  And I was younger and had a good time delivering presents to all the boys and girls.  But lately?  The competition from Amazon is killing me.  And I’m older too. Last year I wasn’t able to finish Christmas until December 27th.  I have a lot of parents suing me over this.

Compounding Santa’s problems was the ticking time bomb of employee pensions. With the average age of elves at 52, and with half the elf workforce already in retirement Santa had to funnel money originally slated for research and development to paying his former employee’s pensions.

“I wish I was a tougher negotiator” declared the downtrodden Santa.

My instinct told me that having to fund my employee’s retirement was a bad idea.  I mean, they have private IRAs they can and should be investing in. But the union negotiator told me that funding the elves’ pension would be “compassionate.”  So like I sucker I agreed.  And here I am now.  Compassionate?  Let’s see how compassionate the elves feel when the factory shuts down.  Goodbye pension!

The final straw for Santa was his attempt to modernize the process of asking for presents with the Santacare.gov web site.  Under Santacare all boys and girls had to register with the web site and enter information about themselves such as where they live, what presents they wanted and whether they had been naughty or nice.

But Santacare was plagued with problems from the beginning.  Children who attempted to register were greeted with a message that the site was temporarily down.

I don’t know how this happened.  I used the best and brightest web designers. These guys had worked with the government, for god’s sake.  They told me they could have the site up and running by October 1st.  So October 1st comes along and bam – the site crashes.  I had to take it down and promise to have it up and running by December 1st.  Well it’s after December 1st and it still isn’t running.  I have children calling and crying saying that they can’t register.  Many sadly will have no presents on December 25th. 

Experts who have examined Santacare.gov complain of the lack of security build into the web site.

“It’s a hacker’s paradise” said one.

Indeed the personal information that children entered is often used against them. Many children who declared themselves “naughty” had their personal information sold to Google.

“Now whenever my daughter goes online she’s bombarded with ads for vibrators” declared an irate parent.

With Santa bankrupt and his North Pole factory going into receivership many have called upon the government to take over Christmas.

Despite opposition from Republicans it is expected that a bill will be introduced to nationalize the holiday.

“I’m all for private industry” said Mitch McConnell.  “Except when the Democrats aren’t. Then I’m against it.”

Original Post:  Manhattan Infidel

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Christmas 2012

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Merry Christmas!  Here is the reason for the season, so to speak…

2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

 

2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

2:16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

2:17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

2:18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Have a great Christmas!

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Saturday Linkage: Christmas Eve Music Edition

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Given the Christmas Season, I thought a little more Christmas Music is warranted. So, here is some Mormon Tabernacle Choir, as well as the weekly links.

Always on Watch

Cameo And The Christmas Tree

 

Lonely Conservative

Random Ramblings – Christmas Edition

 

The Other McCain

Perry Heartache In VA: Just A Bit Outside

 

THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS

VIDEO: THE SARKOZY VERSUS ERDOGAN FIGHT GOES WAY BACK

 

Hot Air

Quotes of the day

 

Knuckledraggin my life away

Fuck the feds

 

Cmblake6’s Weblog

Well, it’s something anyway

 

Eye of Polyphemus

Ron Paul’s Doomsday Portfolio

Ace of Spades HQ

Overnight Open Thread – Pre-Christmas Eve Edition

 

Da Tech Guy

A Christmas Tradition ends this year

 

The Daley Gator

A Klavan Christmas Carol? Why the heck not!

 

Sister Toldjah

The Great Norwegian Butter Crisis

 

Verum Serum

Air Jordans Cause Riots

 

blogsense-by-barb

After America, There is No Place to Go

 

America’s Watchtower

Gunrunner: Congressman asks Eric Holder if Fast and Furious was racially motivated

 

ARRA News Service

Merry Christmas From D.C

 

An Ol’Broad’s Ramblings

Andrew Klavan – Traditional Christmas vs. Progressive Christmas

 

Atlas Shrugs

Lonely Woman On An Open Thread

RedStateEclectic

Purgatory

 

Soylent Green

If You Missed The Cthulu Christmas Tree…

 

America Speaks Ink

‘Mysterious’ space ball drops on Namibia — nothing mysterious about it

 

Redstate

Behold! The epic end to the Occupy Scranton permanent campground.

 

Randy’s Roundtable

Holder And His DOJ Reject Voter ID Law

 

The Big Feed

Occupy Protesters Fly Al Qaeda and and Hizballah Flags

 

Reaganite Republican

You Know Who’s Kinda HAWT? Miss Argentina 2011 – Antonella Kruger!

 

Catholibertarian

Should Catholic Governor Pat Quinn Be Denied Communion?

 

Innominatus

Barry necessary vacation

 

The Country Thinker

Krugman’s Monetary Madness (Part 1)

 

Nonsensible Shoes

Obama:Politics before leadership (part 7)

Labor Union Report

BREAKING: Obama’s NLRB postpones posting requirements of union posters

 

The Scottcarp Dream

The Curse of Cornstalk, Night Before Christmas

 

Liberty Works

Obama 2012: Pureile Theatrics and $40 Pizzas

 

The Sentry Journal

Friday Ramblings: Leadership without a vision

 

Texas Fred

The Company Christmas Party

 

Woodsterman

NewsBusted 12/23/11 ~ NewsBusters.org

 

Rightlinks

Issa Explains Basic Flaws of #SOPA Legislation

 

Nice Deb

Friday Free-For All

 

The Immoderate Blog

Head of IMF Balances Work and Leisure

 

WyBlog

Festivus Friday, I got a lot of problems with you people this year!

 

Frugal Cafe Blog Zone

Christmas & Congress: 2-Month Payroll Tax Cut Extension Accepted, Boehner Said They ‘Waged a Good Fight,’ Obama’s Soon Off to Hawaii (video)

H & B

Accidents and Happenstance

 

The Conservative Guild

Michelle Obama’s Huge, um,…Posterior

 

TeresAmerica

Simply Magnificent – The First Noel by Jackie Evancho

 

The Camp of the Saints

Rule 5 Christmas Countdown: 23 December 2011 A.D.

 

Start Thinking Right

Why Exactly Is This Payroll Tax Fiasco Republicans’ Faults Again? Too Bad Americans Get Propaganda Rather Than Facts.

 

Infidel Bloggers Alliance

Obama’s “Accomplishments”

 

Political Realities

The Way Congress Does Business

 

What Would The Founders Think?

“Old” Fashioned Patriotism

 

Western Hero

Season’s Greetings!

 

Voting American

Jimmy Carter Sends Condolence Letter to Kim Jong Il’s Son, North Korean Media Reports

Manhattan Infidel

Part IV of my Exclusive Interview with Santa Claus

 

Capitol Commentary

Having a Personal Relationship with Obama and Jesus

 

Tea Party America

Iraq’s Five-Day Democracy

 

Totus

OBAMANOMICS—The Danger to America

 

Washington Rebel

The Devolution of Society

 

The Conservative Lady

Obama’s “Great” Accomplishments

 

Left-Wing Institute for Civil Discourse

Gay Occu-bot and Fellow Occupiers Hound Michele Bachman In Iowa City

 

Maggie’s Notebook

Christmas Tree December 23: David Phelps Mary Did You Know

Just a Conservative Girl

My Birthday Wish

 

Five Ft Three

Merry Christmas!

 

Reluctant-Rebel

Twelve Days of Christmas – Recap

 

King Shamus

Thoughts On The Passing Of Christopher Hitchens

 

Be Sure You’re RIGHT, Then Go Ahead

Goodbye Barry, So Long Joe?

 

Sitting on the Edge of the Sandbox, Biting my Tongue

Nancy Pelosi Spam

 

Motor City Times

Video: Changing Education Paradigms

 

Gun Toting, Bible Thumping, Bitter Americans

Thursday Night Links

 

Full Metal Patriot

VIDEO: Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Christmas address

 

IowaHawk

Contain Yourselves, Ladies

 

Caught Him With a Corndog

Greetings from Krampus!

 

Speak Up

Peace on Earth

The republican Mother

Walter Williams, VP Pick?

 

All American Blogger

All American Radio #10: I Turn 40 and An Interview with Ali Akbar

 

Adrienne’s Corner

I’m here…

 

NoneOfAnyImport

Chuck Pads The Blog

 

A Conservative Teacher

Elect a ‘Clerk’ For President in 2012 and Restore Founding Father’s Vision of Executive Branch?

 

Wade’s Conservative World

A Clear and Present Evil

 

Nuke Gingrich

Run Sarah Run !!

 

Left Coast Resistance

Merry Christmas Grandma

 

Liberty At Stake

Why The Republic Teeters On The Brink Of Disaster

 

Right Klik

Ron Paul’s Dangerous Smear

 

Spellchek

It’s time for a Jeffersonian rebellion

Campus Reform Blog

It Went Viral—The Story of Christine Rousselle’s Expose of the Welfare State

 

American Perspective

Tuesday Tunes – Diana Krall “So Nice”

 

The Classic Liberal

theCL Report (December 19, 2011)

 

Blogs for Borders

Stand With Joe: Petition to help Sheriff Joe Arpaio

 

Western Front America

Christianity’s Triumph

 

ResCon1

Netanyahu Dares to Say It: Merry Christmas!

 

The Amusing Bunni’s Musings

It’s a Foamy Christmas! Humbuggers

 

USA Partisan 2009

The biggest company you’ve never heard of

 

The Resistance

Divided, We Stand

 

Fuzzy Logic

Bill Whittle’s A Voters’ Guide to Republicans

 

Bunkerville

Omnibus Crap Sandwich budget bill passed without reading it

Republican Redefined

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley Endorses Mitt Romney (VIDEO)

 

Zilla of the Resistance

Conservative Bloggers – the Chopped Liver of the Right

I hope everyone has a great day.  Merry Christmas!

 

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