Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

Virginia O Hanlon

In 1897 Francis Pharcellus Church, who had been a war correspondent during the Civil War, was working as an editor at The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper.In 1897 an eight-year-old girl by the name of Virginia O’Hanlon asked her father whether Santa Claus really existed.  Her father—Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, a coroner’s assistant from Manhattan’s Upper West Side—encouraged her to write to The Sun to ask the question.  “If you see it in The Sun,” he said, “it’s so.”Francis Church answer … [Read more...]

Merry Progressive Holiday!

Progressive Christmas

It's that time of year--when we sing about the birth of the newborn King.... or else we don't.If you are irritated this year by the disappearance of Christmas' religious significance in the public square, you'll get a chuckle listening to these "Progressive Christmas Carols." God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen We wish you happy holidays, whoever you may be So merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, or heck all three We've modernized these jingles for the massive bourgeoisie Love, The Updated … [Read more...]

A Little Advent Humor

Advent Calendar

It's Gaudete Sunday--the Third Sunday of Advent, when we light the rose candle, and the priest wears rose-colored vestments.  It's a symbol of our joy, as Christmas draws near.Just for fun, one perspective on the traditional Advent calendar.More seriously, from the archives:  Here's my explanation of the significance of Gaudete Sunday in the Church's liturgical season. … [Read more...]