1. Cartoon of the day: A heartbreaking request
    DAVID FITZSIMMONS © 2012 Cagle Cartoons

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  2. Ignorance was bliss for these twins back in 2006. But just one year later, they were wise to Santa’s game. And by 2008, it was every little man for himself. More reader-submitted silly Santa photos here

    PHOTO: Sarie Scully


  3. Forget the dusty old box of Christmas lights in the attic. For some homeowners, holiday decorating is a competitive art form. This year, U.S. consumers are expected to spend a whopping $6 billion on decorations, the most in seven years. Here, a look at the most over-the-top Christmas displays over the last several years.

    Drum roll please…


  4. Last chance to be in an amazing, awkward slideshow!

    Send your awkward Santa photos to Facebook@TheWeek.com. Tell us who is in the picture and when it was taken. The only rule is that the photo has to belong to you or your family.

    Let the awkwardness commence!


  5. Send us your awkward Santa photos! The most awkward ones will be featured in a slideshow on the site. Tweet your photo to @TheWeek and include an #AwkwardSanta hashtag, or email to facebook@theweek.com. Tell us who is in the photo and when it was taken. Only one rule: The photo has to belong to you or your family.

    Photo CC BY DanCentury


  6. So… this is kinda awkward.

    Got any awkward Santa photos from your past? Send them to us! If they make the cut, we’ll include them in our upcoming awkward Santa photo slideshow!

    The only rule is that the photo must belong to you or your family. Send submissions to facebook@theweek.com, along with your name, a quick description of who is in the picture, and when it was taken.

    Needless to say, we can’t wait to see these.

    (photo CC BY propaganda panda)


  7. How to tell kids Santa isn’t real

    It’s the question every parent dreads: Is Santa Claus real? The bombshell can drop at age 6, or 7, or 8, even older, but no matter what the child’s age, it can “mark the end of a certain kind of innocence for the child,” says Marie Hartwell-Walker in Psych Central, “and an end of a fun chapter of parenting for the adults.” How parents respond can determine whether the moment results in tears, anger, or a “sweet transition” to “a new kind of magic.” When the question comes, what’s the best way to answer it?

    Lie through your teeth: “I tell them how Santa can fold his body up, like a magical yogi, to wiggle down our chimney,” says Margot Magowan in The San Francisco Chronicle. The little ones “look adorable sucking it all up, mouths open, eyes wide.” When “these childhood myths” fade away, it will be “a gentle way for kids to learn [that] well-intended parents are not always reliable sources of truth.”

    Not a fan of lying to children? Fess up. Teach them about the real Christmas: We tell our kids the truth, says Pastor Marc Driscoll in The Washington Post. We don’t “demonize” Santa, but we don’t lie to convince our children he’s real. “Our kids thank us for being both honest and fun, which we think is what Jesus wants.”

    Here, some other options.

    Photo credit CC BY: Per Ola Wiberg


  8. I am not trying to pretend that my kids are saints, always behaving appropriately out of the sheer joy of being nice. Nor do I posit that children who believe in Santa are not otherwise good people. But how kids think of Santa Claus represents, for me, all that is not Christmas spirited: receiving instead of giving, greed instead of gratefulness, idle wanting instead of active contributing. And encouraging my children to write letters to him or make Christmas lists or be good because he’s watching encourages all the wrong things for me. I want whatever goodness does come out of my children to be for the right reasons. I want them to be people who are simply good and kind and honest, as I try to be (well, most of the time…)

  9. Julian Assange has a list, and he’s checking it twice

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