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Irving Berlin, 1942

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten, and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow I’m dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white I’m […]

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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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