I really liked this article by Danielle Bean: Let the Santa Wars Begin.   As the youngest in the family, I never believed in Santa — I didn’t grow up thinking that a jolly old man left presents under the tree (probably thanks to a certain older sister, although I don’t remember exactly).  I always knew that it was my parents, in the spirit of St. Nicholas, who sacrificed to buy the presents for us each year.    My siblings and I never sat on Santa’s lap in the mall– probably because we were terrified of strangers growing up, haha!  Yet I don’t think I was denied a proper childhood or anything.

Nor do I think it’s wrong for parents to tell their children about Santa Claus.  As Danielle mentions in the article, it’s usually all about how you were raised.

Anyway, it’s a good Christmas Eve read.  Another Christmas Eve post to come shortly.

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Forget writing my own blog– I’ll just keep giving you jewels from other sources.

My brother passed along this piece from the Wall Street Journal, “A Doctor’s Plan for Legal Industry Reform.”

Brilliant.

To whet your appetite:

Since we are moving toward socialism with ObamaCare, the time has come to do the same with other professions—especially lawyers. Physician committees can decide whether lawyers are necessary in any given situation.

At a town-hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., last month, our uninformed lawyer in chief suggested that we physicians would rather chop off a foot than manage diabetes since we would make more money doing surgery. Then President Obama compounded his attack by claiming a doctor’s reimbursement is between “$30,000” and “$50,000” for such amputations! (Actually, such surgery costs only about $1,500.)

Physicians have never been so insulted. Because of these affronts, I will gladly volunteer for the important duty of controlling and regulating lawyers. Since most of what lawyers do is repetitive boilerplate or pushing paper, physicians would have no problem dictating what is appropriate for attorneys. We physicians know much more about legal practice than lawyers do about medicine.

Read the rest here.

Add Elizabeth Lev’s piece Bidding Farewell to a Dynasty: Boston, the Kennedys, and the Dignity of  Life to your internet-reading to-do list.  Another balanced, solid take on the deaths of Ted Kennedy and Eunice Kennedy Shriver– and the impact and tragedy of the Kennedy Catholic legacy.

Cardinal Seán has a reflective, discerning blog post up about Senator Kennedy’s funeral.

While I don’t agree with how the funeral transpired — the platform petitions, the canonization, etc — I also don’t agree with those who said we should not have given him a Catholic burial.    But it is a difficult path to tread — a solemn funeral, respectful of the family and to the deceased — without looking like you approve of everything the deceased or his family has stood for or done.

At any rate, his blog post is worth a read.

There’s an interesting article by Elizabeth Bernstein in the Wall Street Journal about Facebook:

How Facebook Can Ruin Your Friendships

It’s a good read, although I think she’s barely scratching the surface of what’s wrong with Facebook and the essence of social networking sites.

(For another — slightly longer– read, check out my take on the phenomena here.)

Bernstein:

Like many people, I’m experiencing Facebook Fatigue. I’m tired of loved ones—you know who you are—who claim they are too busy to pick up the phone, or even write a decent email, yet spend hours on social-media sites, uploading photos of their children or parties, forwarding inane quizzes, posting quirky, sometimes nonsensical one-liners or tweeting their latest whereabouts. (“Anyone know a good restaurant in Berlin?”)

Well said.