Tuesday, December 11, 2012

News at Eleven (Back Page): "To them, Santa's not"

some historical guy, [Pamela] McColl said from Portland, Ore., where she recently finished nearly a full year on the road. "He's a real character. He's a real person coming down the chimney, and he's smoking. That's what a 3-year-old thinks like."

McColl said she ran into supporters during her travels, including children who fret about Santa's health. Smoking, she said, is something Clement C. Moore, a churchgoing academic, also wasn't fond of. He once called tobacco "opium's treacherous, villainous friend."

from The Associated Press: There arose such a clatter over pipe-free Santa


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