The magi as you know were wise men….

The Gift of the Magi The magi, as you know, were wise men–wonderfully wise men–who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication. And here I have lamely […]

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40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Last year I recommended Handel’s Messiah A Soulful Celebration. And a couple of years back, I was on the ball enough to give advance notice of ABC’s showing of A Charlie Brown Christmas. (I hope the shameless commercialism of those links doesn’t offend Chuck.) This year, I got new music – 40 Years: A Charlie […]

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Santa Claus Sinterklaas

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Editorial Page, New York Sun, 1897 We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If […]

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By the President of the United States of America – A Proclamation

Thanksgiving Day, 2004 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation All across America, we gather this week with the people we love to give thanks to God for the blessings in our lives. We are grateful for our freedom, grateful for our families and friends, and grateful for the many gifts […]

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US Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776, The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which […]

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