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Monday, 22 December 2014

Sputnik International Presents… There’s Christmas in the Air!

00 christmas 01. tokyo japan. 22.12.14

This past weekend , a traditional pre-Christmas Santa run took place in Tokyo (Tokyo Prefecture. Greater Tokyo Area. Kantō Region) JAPAN. Some 500 Tokyo residents dressed as Santa Claus participated in a 2.5-kilometre charity run at a local park.

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00 christmas 02. sao paulo brazil. 22.12.14

Vitor Martins from São Paulo (São Paulo State. Southeast Region) BRAZIL has more than 90 percent of his body covered in tattoos, some of them in reference to Christmas. However, that doesn’t prevent him from working as Santa Claus.

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00 christmas 03. berlin germany. 22.12.14

One of Berlin’s entertainment agencies hosted an event with a Santa Claus “flying” 98 metres (322 feet) above a hotel in the German capital.

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00 christmas 04. milano italy. 22.12.14

Metropolitan Cathedral of the Nativity of Saint Mary in Milano (Milano Province. Lombardia Region) ITALY is the fourth-largest in Europe, after St Peter Basilica in the Vatican, St Paul Cathedral in London, and Seville Cathedral. It’s the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.

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00 christmas 05. las vegas nv usa. 22.12.14

Last weekend, model and television personality Holly Madison dressed as Santa Claus; she appeared at a street performance in Las Vegas (Clark County. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise MSA) NV USA

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00 christmas 06. england uk. 22.12.14

A traditional Christmas parade for four-legged Santas was held in Loughborough (Leicestershire. East Midlands Region) ENGLAND UK.

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00 christmas 07. sao paulo brazil. 22.12.14In São Paulo (São Paulo State. Southeast Region) BRAZIL, a man wearing a Santa Claus costume rode the metro to celebrate the Christmas season.

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00 christmas 08. newry me usa. 22.12.14

Skiers and snowboarders dressed as Santa Claus participated in a charity race down a slope at the River Ski Resort in Newry (Oxford County) ME USA.

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00 christmas 09. newry me usa. 22.12.14
According to the event organisers, 250 skiing Santas raised some 3,000 USD (165,000 Roubles. 18,670 Renminbi. 190,000 INR. 3,490 CAD. 3,690 AUD. 2,450 Euros. 1,925 UK Pounds) for charity at the event.

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00 christmas 10. seoul rok. 22.12.14
In South Korea, divers dressed in Santa Claus costumes have a tradition of swimming in an aquarium in Seoul before Christmas.

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00 christmas 11. 22.12.14
Santa Claus, also known as St Nicholas or Father Christmas, is a cultural figure with legendary, folkloric, and historic origins. In many Western cultures, Santa Claus is believed to bring presents to the homes of good children the night before Christmas.

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00 christmas 12. germany. 22.12.14
Some 800 participants dressed as Santa Claus took part in the fourth annual Santa Claus running competition in Michendorf (Kreis Potsdam-Mittelmark. Bundesland Brandenburg) GERMANY.

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00 christmas 13. 22.12.14
Generally, depictions of Santa Claus show him as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collars and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and a black leather belt and boots. He carries a bag full of gifts for children.

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00 christmas 14. reading pa usa. 22.12.14
Local artist Ed Terrel from Reading (Berks County. Philadelphia-Reading-Camden CSA) PA USA created a giant Santa Claus costume. Days before Christmas, the artist put on the costume as he walked through the city streets in the evening.

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11 December 2014

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/photo/20141210/1015698143.html

22 December 2014. It’s On Its Way… HAPPY HOLIDAYS

00 Moscow. Christmas ornament. 22.12.14

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Holiday decorations on Red Square in Moscow… friends of mine at the Centre tell me that these are New Year decorations. That’s good… that means that it’s for everybody, not just Christians. I find that a GOOD thing…

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

BMD

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Here’s Why I Wish Certain People “Happy Holidays”

01 Galeries Lafayette Christmas Decoration

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If I know that a person is a self-appointed guardian of “Christmas orthodoxy”, I make a point of wishing them “Happy Holidays”… just to annoy them. However, overall, I probably say “Merry Christmas” more often than I say “Happy Holidays”. You see, only self-righteous quibblers on this matter deserve to be annoyed… people who buy into that Fox News nonsense about a “War on Christmas”. There are millions of Americans who aren’t Christians (or aren’t religious at all) who still celebrate Christmas and enjoy the season as much as the next person does. The majority of these people don’t mind it if you wish them “Merry Christmas”, and some of them probably extend the same greetings to other folks. The plain fact of the matter is that the Christmas season and the feelings of good will it generates belong to everyone who wants to embrace them, not just Christians. So, why do some people take offense at any holiday greeting that doesn’t include at least a mention of Christmas? Does a right to observe the occasion require a nod to religion? It’s my guess that the Christmas Nazis, as I call them, figure that they’d get bonus points in the hereafter for having been religiously persnickety about the holiday season.

20 December 2014

Pat Cunningham

Liberal Views  

http://www.taftmidwaydriller.com/article/20141220/BLOGS/312209983/-1/blogs01

Editor:

Either you respect your fellow-man or you don’t. If you want to hate me for advocating “Happy Holidays” in secular contexts, go right ahead. There’s nothing wrong with the secular per se… you’d think from listening to some fanatic “religious hobbyists” that everything’s got to be “religious” or else it’s evil. That’s horse hockey and utter rubbish. If you respect your fellow-man, you’ll use “Happy Holidays” in secular venues… for they may not be religious at all, but they still celebrate the Mid-Winter Holiday. I see nothing wrong in treating secularist people with respect… if you do, there’s something wrong in your POV… indeed, you aren’t following Our Lord Christ’s example… who had the greatest faith in Israel? The pagan centurion (that’s what He said)! Ponder that one…

BMD

21 December 2014. Is It St Nick or Santa Claus? Why Not Both?

00 Choose Wisely. 20.12.14

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I think that to make people “choose” between St Nicholas and Santa is a false opposition. After all, Santa’s a secular figure (as Ded Moroz is), and St Nicholas is a religious figure. There’s NO contradiction between the two whatsoever. If it were up to me, I’d have Santa (or Father Christmas or Papa Noël or whatever else you’d want to call him), St Nick, and Dede… all three! They don’t compete with one another. St Nick comes on St Nicholas Day… Santa comes on Christmas… and Dede comes on the New Year. Hell, I’d even throw in the Three Kings (if I ask kindly enough, perhaps, Julio will bring his stilts for a real Old School Tres Reyes blast) on Epiphany. Don’t go around making false conflicts. If you consider it carefully, and choose wisely, you’d see that you could have ‘em all… all in their proper place, of course.

Now, go off and fetch me the jug… that was thirsty work.

BMD

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