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He Knows If You’ve Been Bad or Good…and Fills Your Stocking Anyway

“Do you think Santa is actually real?” My six-year-old asked my nine-year-old this question in the backseat of my car recently, and I tried to squelch the “of COURSE he is!” that was dying to escape from my throat. The nine-year-old, who is the tallest innocent I’ve ever met, said that yes, he believed that […]

Another Week Ends: Exotic Magi, Histories of Christmas, More Elves on Shelves, Rand Reviews Children’s Movies, and More Messes of Help

Housekeeping thing: a few copies of A Mess of Help sent out had lots of 5s in their tables of contents. Let us know if you got one of those, and we’ll send a new one. 1. As we’re getting into the Christmas spirit, The Economist makes a surprising contribution with a survey of the Magi’s reception history. […]

Seasonal Surveillance and the All-Seeing Eye of the Elf on the Shelf

Not sure where I’ve been but this is the first I’m hearing of the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon, the popular children’s book that takes the “he knows if you’ve been naughty or nice” aspect of Santa Claus to a whole new level. Essentially, parents have begun placing little elf dolls on their mantle pieces […]