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Published: 12/18/10

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? Americans Divided on That, Too

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? Americans Divided on That, Too

As if Americans weren't divided enough, even in this season celebrating peace and good will, the public is split over whether shops should greet customers by saying "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays." Related Stories Poll: Americans Prefer 'Merry Christmas' Just under half (49 percent) of those surveyed in a new poll said stores should have a "Merry Christmas" greeting policy, while 44 percent say businesses should opt for the more generic "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" out of respect for people of different faiths. Robert Putnam of Harvard, a leading scholar of relig...

Published: 12/18/09

Is Santa's Famous Forebear Buried in Ireland?

By  Theunis Bates - AOL News
Is Santa's Famous Forebear Buried in Ireland?

(Dec. 18) -- Just about now, the Santa Claus loved by children everywhere is busy wrapping up presents at his home in the North Pole. But if some historians are correct, the figure who inspired everyone's favorite portly gift-giver lies buried in a moss-covered Irish graveyard. At issue isn't the white-bearded reindeer fan, but St. Nicholas of Myra, the philanthropic fourth-century Bishop of Lycia, now part of modern-day Turkey. According to Philip Lynch, chairman of a historical society in the Irish town of Callan, the original St. Nick's remains are interred under the ruins of Jerpoint Abb...

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