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Sweden’s Bizarre Donald Duck Christmas Obsession

Slate has a report on Sweden’s bizarre Christmas tradition: watching Donald Duck cartoons.

Every December 25th, approximately half of the nation sits down in front of the television to watch Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar God Jul (“Donald Duck and his friends wish you a Merry Christmas”). The special has been aired on TV1, Sweden’s main public television channel, each Christmas Eve since 1959 without commercial interruption:

The show’s cultural significance cannot be [over]stated. You do not tape or DVR Kalle Anka for later viewing. You do not eat or prepare dinner while watching Kalle Anka. Age does not matter—every member of the family is expected to sit quietly together and watch a program that generations of Swedes have been watching for 50 years. Most families plan their entire Christmas around Kalle Anka.

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Jesus Shooting Santa

A man in Santa Maria, California has stoked outrage locally with his lawn display of Jesus shooting Santa Claus with a double-barreled shotgun, to protest the lack of attention paid to Christ at Christmastime. Residents are concerned by the scene's close proximity to a school bus stop. I think it's healthy for kids to see Jesus "taking out the trash."
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Merry Mayhem: Rampaging Santas Take to the Streets for SantaCon

Just happened this past Saturday in NYC, according to Santarchy it's actually worldwide:
Every December for the last 16 years, Cacophonous Santas have been visiting cities around the world, engaging in a bit of Santarchy as part of the annual Santacon events. It all started back in 1994 when several dozen Cheap Suit Santas paid a visit to downtown San Francisco for a night of Kringle Kaos. Things have reached Critical Xmas and Santarchy is now a global phenomenon.
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Presents for the Godless: the 13 Days of Atheist Christmas

From The Telegraph:

Don’t believe in God, but want to celebrate Christmas anyway? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here are 13 suitable gifts for the heretic.

It’s not unreasonable to want to enjoy Christmas despite not believing in all the stuff about virgin birth and angels. A lack of faith doesn’t get in the way of enjoying family, togetherness and generosity, not to mention presents, mulled wine and good food.

So in the spirit of the season, here is a list of 13 suitable presents for the godless in your life.

Please note: The Daily Telegraph accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to your immortal soul through the purchase of these gifts.

On the first day of Christmas, an atheist gave to me: a Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People DVD

Robin Ince, a comedian, atheist and sceptic, first organised this cheery variety-show celebration of atheist Christmas last year.

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AFA List Of Anti-Christmas Stores To Boycott

It may seem a little early, but now is the time of season to get irate over Christmas. The conservative Christian American Family Association has compiled their color-coded “Naughty or Nice” list of retailers to boycott for being on the wrong side of the “War on Christmas.”

The website explains that “AFA reviewed up to four areas to determine if a company was Christmas-friendly.” A boycott of the P.C., Christmas-censoring Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic stores is being called for; why, why does Old Navy hate Jesus so much?

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