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Tumblr Thread: The Origin Story Of NORAD's Santa Tracker

Sometimes an innocent little fail like a typo can go on to inspire an epic, time-honored tradition like rabidly checking the NORAD Santa Tracker. This Tumblr thread breaks down how a small typo in a Sears ad resulted in the North American Aerospace Defense Command having a special phone. So many kids' childhoods have been all the better for it. Gotta keep that Christmas spirit alive while you can. Check out some more random gold from Tumblr with this post about the time that an Ultima Online gamer nuked their fellow players right out of orbit

A Tumblr thread breaks down the origins of NORAD's infamous Santa tracker. | voroxpete But none these stories even come close best one them all wrong number is NORAD Santa Tracker got started. Seriously, this is legit December 1955, Sears decided run Santa hotline. Here's ad they posted.
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Weird Things Kids Asked Mall Santas for Christmas

Kids are weird and dumb. Sometimes they get really specific thoughts stuck in their head and given the choice to ask for anything they could ever want, will choose to ask for something like a box of kleenex or a really old pug. Here are some strange experiences for the holiday season.

Weird things children asked mall and store Santas to get them for Christmas | After waiting two hours line my daughter asked Santa hot dog.
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Family's Christmas Ritual Keeps Spirit Of Santa Alive

Ain't this too sweet for words to describe? Many of us have had wildly different experiences for when it comes to digesting the hard truth that Santa Claus is just a work of the imagination. Some revelations hit harder than others. These particular parents though sound like they handle the process with love and grace and ultimately a passing of the torch kind of ritual takes place. Pretty neat. The world could always use some more wholesome vibes to go around. We've got plenty of the other bad stuff. 

Parent's tradition with kids and Santa Claus is painfully wholesome. | our family have special way transitioning kids receiving Santa becoming Santa. This way Santa construct is not lie gets discovered, but an unfolding series good deeds and Christmas spirit they are 6 or 7, whenever see dawning suspicion Santa may not be material being means child is ready take them out coffee" at local wherever get booth, order our drinks, and following pronouncement is made sure have grown an awful lot this
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Well, this is just a little bit uncomfortable. Poor kid saw his life flash before his eyes when grumpy Saint Nick called him out for not eating his vegetables. Maybe taking that whole shtick a bit too far there. 

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Our friends over at Cracked just launched a new video series called, "Your Brain On Cracked." It is absolutely delightful. "Dr." Jordan Breeding proceeds to diagnose terminal tropes in movies and pop culture. 

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User Live-Tweets Hilarious Reasoning Why 'The Santa Clause' is the Most Terrifying Christmas Movie Ever Made

It's like the rituals in ancient societies when a leader's wives and servants were killed and placed in their burial chambers.  

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Everyone celebrates the holidays in their own way. Whether you’re lighting the menorah or putting presents under the tree, one thing remains true: The holidays are a season of giving and warm wishes.

Which explains why this pastor gave the gift of cold reality with a dash outright crazy to a line of people waiting to see Santa Claus at the mall this weekend. That'll bring people back into the church for sure

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Over the weekend, Pastor David Grisham from Last Frontier Evangelism walked into a mall in Amarillo, TX and did a real bang up job of getting people interested in the story of Christmas. Grisham walked up and down the line, telling the children that “There is no Santa Claus.” Here's what he had to say: 

”Folks, my name is Pastor David. Kids, I wanted to tell you today that there is no such thing as Santa Claus. Santa Claus does no exist. The Christmas season is about Jesus. Jesus was born 2,016 year ago... The man you’re about to see today is just a man in a suit dressed up like Santa, but Santa does not exist."

Then addressing the parents, he continued:

"Don’t lie to your children and tell them there’s such a thing as Santa when you know in reality that there are no flying reindeer. There is no workshop on the North Pole. There is no elves making toys.”

Anyway, parents in line didn’t take too kindly to someone with such a tenuous grip on reality lecturing them on reality. So a couple of dads with beards confronted this man and informed him that it’s perfectly fine for them to lie to their children if they want to.

And you know what, it is every parent's right to lie to their children. When they say, you can’t have ice cream for dinner, of course you can have ice cream; they just don’t want you to. Lies all lies!

But according to Huffington Post, there actually is a Santa Claus. They write:

”Whether Grisham knows it or not, historians say the character of Santa Claus as we know him today is based off a Christian saint, Saint Nicolas, whose generosity toward children as a Greek bishop led to him being declared a patron saint of children and bringer of gifts.
One of St. Nicolas’ most famous acts, which may sound familiar to those who celebrate Christmas, was him saving three sisters from being sold into prostitution by dropping a bag of gold down the indebted family’s chimney so they could pay off their dowries. One of the bags happened to land in one girl’s stocking that had been hung up to dry, according to historian Bill Petro.

So open a book, Grisham, and stop trying to ruin everyone’s Christmas by reminding parents that they lie to their children, so their kids can have one nice day out in this awful year.

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