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Annual Repost: “Yes, Virginia, There Was a Writer.”

I had forgotten how long it had been since I first posted my thoughts on the famous “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” editorial. I tend to repost a link to it every year, so that may be one reason why it doesn’t seem to have been around on my blog for as long …

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Repost: Yes Virginia, There Was a Writer

Due to it being the most reprinted newspaper editorial in the history of the English language (verified), most people, regardless of their faith, are familiar with this piece, known now to history as “Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus.” Unsigned at the time of its publication in The Sun in 1897, it was of …

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Shakespeare Scrooge?

Something quite different today. Over the weekend I gave myself a writing exercise. An experiment, really, that I’d been considering for a while. I wrote a scene from Dickens A Christmas Carol  in “Shakespearean” iambic pentameter. Mostly. I was going to do it, and talk about it today here on the blog. But, “show don’t tell,” …

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My Christmas Chorus Experience

I was in a chorus once. Just once. A Christmas chorus in middle school. Oh, I’d been required to sing in Christmas concerts and shows before then, in previous grades at other schools. Those don’t count. This is the only time I joined a Christmas chorus voluntarily. Eighth grade, I believe. My final year at …

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Christmas Creep

I used to be strict about when I would let Christmas into my life. Nothing before Thanksgiving. Many people use this as the launching point for the Christmas season. NBC does, always declaring, (as though they had some specific authority to do so) at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade that the holiday season …

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