Daily Archives: December 23, 2010

>NJ Sen. Robert Menendez: A Letter to Santa Claus

>I found the following Letter to Santa written by Senator Robert Menendez, posted over at the Huffington Post. The letter address his concerns over global warming. I think it is a cute and novel way to inform people of the problem that global warming presents.

In his letter Menendez lets Santa know that if he needs to relocate from the North Pole, due to the continuing melting of the polar ice cap, he would be happy to have him live here in the great State of NJ.

Senator Menendez also lets Santa (us) know that he is fighting to help put an end to global warming by supporting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Dear Santa Claus,

I am writing out of concern, because you may have to move from the North Pole due to the dramatic melting of Arctic sea ice. The Navy’s chief oceanographer says that by the summer of 2020 the North Pole may not have summer ice and other scientists project that an ice-free Arctic is possible as soon as 2012!

Scientists overwhelmingly agree that polar ice is melting because of greenhouse gas pollution and I am working hard to reduce these emissions. But there is probably nothing we can do in time to save the North Pole. I am worried about your safety and your ability to deliver billions of Christmas gifts if the ice cap on the North Pole no longer stays frozen all year. What will happen to your house, your workshop, the elves’ houses and your reindeer barns?

I want you to know that if you want to relocate to the beautiful state of New Jersey, I would be proud to assist you. But given the climate you are accustomed to, I will understand if you would like to relocate to the South Pole. Just be sure not to move to the Antarctic Peninsula or West Antarctic ice sheet, areas that are also experiencing rapid ice melt.

Please know that I will work to mobilize the U.S. federal government to assist when you relocate. I am sure we can both agree that on a warming planet, we need to do all we can to save Christmas.

Sincerely,
Robert Menendez
U.S. Senator

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>Happy Festivus, Everyone!

>From Yahoo News

Commercialism of Christmas got you down? Not feeling the holiday spirit? Perhaps Festivus (aka “the holiday for the rest of us”) is just what the doctor ordered.

Made famous by a 1997 “Seinfeld” episode in which George’s father explains the alterna-holiday, Festivus has since taken on a life of its own.

Celebrated on December 23, the nondenominational holiday involves a metal pole (instead of a Christmas tree). Instead of exchanging gifts, participants are encouraged to air their grievances. After that come the feats of strength (push-ups, for example). The party continues until the head of the family is wrestled to the floor.

The story of how Festivus came to be famous is almost as hilarious as the holiday itself. According to a 2004 article from The New York Times, it all started with Dan O’Keefe, who invented the holiday back in 1966. His son, Daniel O’Keefe, a writer on “Seinfeld,” told the story of Festivus to his co-workers. Before you can say “Vandelay Industries,” the writers worked up a show about it. The holiday has been in the public consciousness ever since.

Web searches are certainly on the rise. Over the past week, online lookups for “festivus poles” and “festivus activities” have both spiked over 150%. Also getting a seasonal bump: “festivus cards” and “how to celebrate festivus.”

To answer that last question: Just get a pole, hang some tinsel, tell your family what you really think of them, and then wrestle grandma. Boom! Instant Festivus!

Get up to speed on Festivus with this “Seinfeld” clip:

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