Santa Claus

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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... More »

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.... More »

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,"... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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, "... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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.... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

SNL Explores Santa's Naughty List

Al Franken, Matt Lauer, Roy Moore all get poked in Cold Open

(Newser) - It's that time of the year to determine who's been naughty and who's been nice, and Saturday Night Live jumped in with its two cents on the seemingly endless sexual harassment scandals in its Cold Open. With Kenan Thompson as Santa and Kate McKinnon as an elf,... More »

Carbon Dating Legitimizes Remains of Real-Life Santa

St. Nicholas' pelvis may be in possession of Illinois pastor

(Newser) - Typically if you go around claiming to have a piece of Santa Claus' pelvis, you've earned yourself a psych evaluation. But it turns out a priest outside Chicago might actually have a case. The BBC reports scientists at the University of Oxford conducted the first-ever radiocarbon dating of a... More »

Skydiving Santa, Elf on Shelf Crash-Land on Florida Beach

They slammed into tree and light pole during charity event, but both are OK

(Newser) - A skydiving Santa looking to make a grand entrance while taking an Elf on the Shelf to a 9-year-old girl crashed into a tree and light pole before hitting a Florida beach and breaking his leg, the AP reports. News outlets say George Krokus was dressed as Santa Claus during... More »

For First Time, You'll Need Reservation to Visit Santa

Macy's rolls out new rule in name of efficiency

(Newser) - Santa Claus may be coming to town, but you'll need a reservation to see him. At Macy's flagship store on 34th Street in New York City, a chance to sit on Saint Nick's lap is by appointment only this year, for the first time ever, per the... More »

'Tomb of Santa Claus' Found Under Church

Archaeologists may have found St. Nick's final resting place

(Newser) - Archaeologists believe they have found the final resting place of jolly old St. Nick—and it's nowhere near the North Pole. According to accounts in the Turkish media, researchers think "Santa Claus" is buried under an ancient church near the saint's birthplace in Antalya, southern Turkey, Newsweek... More »

Mad Conductor's Bizarre Frozen Ending Leaves Kids in Tears

He says Santa doesn't exist, leaves the stage

(Newser) - An orchestral performance of Disney's Frozen in Rome last week ended with angry parents and weeping children, Italy's ANSA news agency reports. Orchestra conductor Giacomo Loprieno asked for a microphone at the end of the show, announced into said mic that Santa Claus isn't real, and then... More »

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