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    December 16, 2006


"There are actually two different Christmas holidays: one
has to do with Santa Claus; the other has to do with Jesus.
These two holidays have nothing to do with one another."

 -- Harley Hahn

Kalissa and the Elimeno (a story for children)

Do you know what an Elimeno is?  Well, Kalissa actually met
one, and what do you think happened?


"One day, not so long ago, Kalissa was sitting in her room
looking at a storybook. The weather was a bit gray and
cloudy, so Kalissa thought she would stay inside for the
afternoon. Her father was at work and her mother was

"Kalissa was all alone and she was bored..."

Kalissa and the Elimeno

Holidays and Celebrations

People love holidays and celebrations. Throughout
history, every culture, every society and every
religion has always had special days and
observances. But where do all these holiday

To find out, I interviewed Alphonse
Featherstonehaugh Hipplehauser of the World
Holiday Federation.


"Harley Hahn: Mr. Hipplehauser, most people are not
even aware of the existence of the World Holiday
Federation. Could you please tell us something
about your organization?"

"Alphonse F. Hipplehauser: I sure can, Harley, but
before we start...

Holidays and Celebrations: The real truth


And while we're on the topic of holidays, take a moment
to explore the holiday-related resources in Harley
Hahn's Internet Yellow Pages":

Holidays and Celebrations: Cool stuff to explore

Is There a Santa Claus?

One hundred and six years ago, a young girl sent a
letter to a New York City newspaper, asking
whether or not there really was a Santa Claus.
Virginia's question was answered by an editorial
writer named Francis P. Church.

In the last hundred years, Church's editorial
("...Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus...")
has been reprinted countless times and has become
a firm part of the Christmas mythos.

But was Church's answer really a good one?

Frankly, I don't think so. I think the editorial
was silly and condescending. Bah Humbug!

But don't take my word for it. Read the original
essay, and then compare it to my answer to the same

Is There a Santa Claus?

-- Harley Hahn