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Saint Nicholas Day – December 6

Who is Saint Nicholas?
For a long time in Austria and some regions of Germany, particularly in Bavaria, St. Nicholas was the main character in the Christmas celebration. But he was not Santa Claus, and he arrived earlier – on the 6th of December. His usual, less friendly escort went by different names in different places: “Belsnickle,” “Niglo,” “Pelznickel,” and others. Santa Claus or Father Christmas is a more recent tradition. Since the Germans (and the Dutch) brought many of their customs to America directly or indirectly, we need to look first at Europe in order to understand the American and worldwide Christmas celebration of today.

Cash for Ash

The eyebrows of my cardiologist lifted when I conceded that I once smoked 40 cigarettes a day. Smiling, he then told me that had I said I had never smoked he wouldn’t have known. My lungs had completely recovered from the effects of 25-years of heavy smoking. My addiction started when I was a 16-year-old sailor and continued until I was 40-years-of-age.

Profits from the Living Hearts of Unborn Children

An expert witness has told a San Francisco court that where foetal hearts are used in research they are harvested from living babies. The shocking evidence was given by Dr Theresa Deisher on the last day of the preliminary hearing of charges against undercover journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt who have been charged with 14 felony counts of taping without consent.