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Enjoy your Chinese-made decorations

National Public Radio’s program “All Things Considered” reports on Stuart Foster, an American who spent seven months in a Chinese jail on charges of theft. He and other inmates were forced to make Christmas lights for the US market under terrible conditions with no pay.

“In the cell, there was an average of 30 men,”says Foster, [...]

The War on Christmas: Christmas strikes back

A Salvation Army bell-ringer in Phoenix says she was assaulted by a woman after she wished the woman “Happy Holidays.”
“The lady looked at me,” said [Kristina] Vindiola. “I thought she was going to put money in the kettle. She came up to me and said, ‘Do you believe in God?’ And she says, ‘You’re supposed [...]

Fox News presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”

A couple of years ago I wondered:
If Fox Business [a spinoff from Fox News] had been around in 1946, what would the spiritual ancestors of Eric Bolling, Dan Gainor and Andrea Tantaros have said about the portrayal of Mr. Potter the banker in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”?

I think the name “Joseph Stalin” would [...]

May your days, may your days, may your days…

In case anyone hasn’t seen it, here is a quite wonderfully animated version of “White Christmas” by the Drifters from 1954.

It is, among other things, the song that began the fine old tradition of Jews (in this case Irving Berlin) writing popular Christmas tunes.

Holiday music

Blogger Charles Pierce posts the original version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” as sung by Judy Garland in the movie “Meet Me in St. Louis,” and notes that in 1957 Frank Sinatra replaced the verse “Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow” with “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough”– thereby [...]

Tim Minchin Woody Allen Jesus

You’ve probably seen this story:

Comedian Tim Minchin has lashed out at ITV after his performance was cut from Jonathan Ross’s Christmas special.
Writing on his website, Minchin said he had been asked to compose a song for the show and wrote a “silly, harmless” lyric comparing Jesus to Woody Allen.
He claims the song – which he [...]