Holidays Articles


The Kids Are Alright

Dec 28, 2015

As college campuses shut down for winter break, the Maoist insanity that gripped American higher education this fall hit a new high-water mark. At Harvard, little laminated posters began appearing in the student dining halls with instructions on how students should discuss sensitive political topics with the rubes back home over the holidays. For example, what if, over Kwanzaa-eve dinner, a family member says, "We shouldn't let anyone in the U.S. from Syria. We can't guarantee that terrorists won't infiltrate the ranks of the refugees." Well, the poster instructed students to respond, "Racial justice includes welcoming Syrian refugees.

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Jingle Hell

The debasement of Christmas songs
Dec 21, 2015

In the city where I live, one of the pop music radio stations shifts to an all-Christmas music format beginning in .  .  . oh, I don't know, late August?

Kidding! No, I think the transition takes place a couple weeks before Thanksgiving, which gives us all plenty of time to get sick of our seasonal favorites long before the season officially begins. The all-Christmas programming used to start Thanksgiving week. And before that, many years ago, it began the weekend after Thanksgiving.

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