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27 Dead After 'Completely Irresponsible' Santa Visit

Residents at Belgian nursing home were seen in pics not wearing masks during holiday event

(Newser) - Authorities in Belgium say a 27th elderly person has died in an outbreak at a nursing home from a superspreading St. Nick party last month, but they hope the situation is now under control. The Hemelrijck home in the northern Belgium city of Mol had organized an early December visit...

'Santa' Gets Stuck in Power Lines
'Santa' Gets Stuck
in Power Lines

'Santa' Gets Stuck in Power Lines

Firefighters say he was rescued 'full of good cheer'

(Newser) - Santa found himself a little more tied up than usual this time of year. A northern California man impersonating Santa Claus and flying on a powered parachute was rescued Sunday after he became entangled in power lines, authorities said. The incident happened shortly after the man took off near a...

Bad News: The 'Clauses' Have COVID
Bad News:
The 'Clauses'
Have COVID

Bad News: The 'Clauses' Have COVID

Santa at Georgia parade and his 'wife' tested positive, may have exposed dozens of kids

(Newser) - You might want to leave some Purell out with the milk and cookies and go to bed wearing your mask on Christmas Eve, because Santa's got COVID. Well, not the real Santa, but the actor who played him at two holiday events in Ludowici, Ga., as well as the...

Mall Santa Allegedly Exposes Himself to Teen in Breakroom

In another incident, a Santa refused a boy's Nerf gun request.

(Newser) - Police in Milford, Conn., arrested a mall Santa on Monday for allegedly exposing himself to a teenaged co-worker. Prince Carter, 45, faces charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, per the Hartford Courant . Carter is said to have grabbed and hugged the teen during the...

Ireland Declares Santa an Essential Worker

But to maintain social distance, children shouldn't stay up waiting for him

(Newser) - With 29 days to go until Christmas, Ireland has reassured worried children that COVID restrictions won't stop Santa Claus. Simon Coveny, the country's minister for foreign affairs, confirmed Thursday that Santa's travels will be classed as "essential travel for essential purpose," the Irish Times reports....

Feds Scrap Plan for Santa to Promote Vaccine

Santas, helpers would have received vaccine early

(Newser) - Santa and his helpers will no longer be among the first in line for a coronavirus vaccine. The Department of Health and Human Services has scrapped a plan to have Santa Clauses in dozens of cities promote the benefits of vaccination in return for early access to a vaccine, the...

Cold War Concern for Santa Included in JFK Exhibit

Russian bombing threat worried president and an 8-year-old girl

(Newser) - In the throes of the Cold War, the Soviet Union was planning to test a massive nuclear bomb in the Arctic Circle. But in a letter to then-President John F. Kennedy, a young Michigan girl was most concerned about the North Pole's most famous resident. "Please stop the...

Want to Stalk Santa? Here's Where He's at Right Now

Fire up NORAD's Santa Tracker to keep tabs on the bearded one

(Newser) - "He's on his way" can sound ominous without context, but for millions of kids around the world on Christmas Eve, those words are gold. CNN reports that the North American Aerospace Defense Command's Santa Tracker is officially up and running, keeping tabs on where jolly old St....

Colombia May Sue Over Walmart's Cocaine Santa Sweater

Government agency wants monetary damages for affront

(Newser) - A Colombian government agency is demanding money and an apology from Walmart after it offered a Christmas sweater appearing to show Santa with three lines of "Colombian" cocaine. "Santa really likes to savor the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A, Colombian snow,"...

Walmart's 'Ugly' Xmas Sweaters Just Took It to the Next Level

Attire showing Santa doing blow, getting whipped by Mrs. Claus have been taken off site

(Newser) - If a sweater showing Santa doing lines of coke or getting whipped by Mrs. Claus was on your Christmas wish list, they just got a little harder to find. Walmart Canada is on Santa's naughty list after it posted several "ugly" Christmas sweaters for sale on its website,...

Dad: 10-Year-Old 'Out of Her Mind' With Christmas List

She wants $4K, plus a lot of other stuff

(Newser) - One 10-year-old girl's Christmas list is being labeled " most extravagant ," " lavish ," and " one of the strangest gift lists any child has ever assembled," among other slightly less benevolent descriptors . The list went viral after the kid's father shared it on Twitter last...

Irate Patrons: Harrods Is 'the Grinch Who Stole Christmas'

Customers are miffed that only big spenders can visit the store's Christmas Grotto

(Newser) - Starting on Friday, Harrod's department store in London will open the doors to its Christmas Grotto, a "snow-covered woodland filled with sparkling surprises that will leave little ones mesmerized" through Christmas Eve, including a visit with Father Christmas himself. But those little ones will need caretakers with fat...

For Kid Trump Talked to, Santa Is Not 'Marginal'

7-year-old Collman Lloyd didn't know what 'marginal' meant, left cookies and milk for Santa

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl who talked to President Trump on Christmas Eve still left out milk and cookies for Santa despite the president telling her it was "marginal" for a child of her age to still believe. Then again, Collman Lloyd of Lexington, SC, says she had never heard the...

Trump Tells Kid Believing in Santa at 7 Is 'Marginal'

And he's right, notes the 'New York Times'

(Newser) - President Trump and first lady Melania Trump took calls from children anxious to find out where Santa is on his gift-giving journey, reports the AP . In one conversation, Trump asked a 7-year-old named Collman, "Are you still a believer in Santa?" He listened for a moment before adding, "...

JFK to Girl Afraid for Santa: 'I Talked With Him... He is Fine'

The former president told a girl during the Cold War that Russian nukes won't harm St. Nick

(Newser) - A little girl who feared for the safety of Santa Claus amid reports of Russian nuclear testing in the North Pole voiced her concern all the way to President Kennedy in 1961 and, astonishingly, got a personal response that would make her a viral sensation of her day. Per The...

Shutdown Won't Stop NORAD Santa Tracker

Tradition started with a typo in 1955

(Newser) - It would take more than a partial government shutdown to stop the North American Aerospace Defense Command delivering its updates on Santa's progress on Christmas Eve. The military says the NORAD Tracks Santa operation from the joint US-Canadian command will proceed as normal this year because it is run...

Ho Ho No: Santa Claus Flips Out at Group of Kids

Jolly old St. Nick lost it when fire alarm went off, evacuating his 'grotto'

(Newser) - "Santa Claus" went on a decidedly un-merry rant in England on Sunday, yelling and cursing at children at a local nonprofit group's event. The event, billed as a chance for kids to meet Santa, took place in the same building as an unrelated family-friendly rave, the Guardian reports....

Guy Who Told Kids Santa Isn't Real Arrested

For trespassing

(Newser) - A Texas man telling kids Santa Claus isn't real got his comeuppance Saturday when he got arrested. Aaron Urbanski, 31, and two other men were protesting outside St. Mark United Methodist Church of Cleburne during a Breakfast With Santa event; they were asked "multiple times" to leave church...

Sub Spoils Santa (and Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy) for First-Graders

Letter sent home to NJ parents so they can bring back 'childhood innocence of the holiday season'

(Newser) - The "childhood innocence of the holiday season" has been snatched away from a bunch of elementary school students, a New Jersey principal laments—and it's all because of a substitute teacher gone rogue. Not since the Elf Foreman told Hermey that elves couldn't be dentists has there...

Trump: 'I Predict Santa Will Bring You Building Blocks'

President takes calls from kids looking to find out where the big guy in red is

(Newser) - President Trump had a busy first Christmas Eve as commander in chief, partly spent as the Santa-tracker in chief. Trump and first lady Melania Trump took phone calls from kids calling in to NORAD to keep tabs on Santa's progress, reports the Hill . "What would you like more...

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