Why does NORAD watch Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, while watching for missiles and bombers the rest of the time? It all started when an ad for a Santa Claus hotline accidentally published a military hotline number during the Cold War. Plus: a gag gift known as the "Nothing Box" was maybe one present that wasn't supposed to travel through the skies at Christmastime.
Santa Claus decided in the 50s to move his whole operation away from the North Pole so he can provide toys to kids in outer space.
Gayla Peevey famously asked for a hippopotamus for Christmas. But that wasn't her only holiday song!
This year has upended a lot, but the Carlson Kids' tradition of taking holiday pictures with Mr. T and Santa lives on!
A song that I imagine prompted Santa to boost his security detail, after hearing what Brenda Lee had in store for him.
The greatest holiday tradition in the history of holidays is back! The Carlson Kids have taken their annual holiday photos with Santa and Mr. T!
Today's holiday tune comes from Martin Mull, who went up to the North Pole in person to report back on what Santa does all year long.
Today's holiday song is a doozy.
The website and book Sad Topographies teaches us that our planet is home to some unusually-named places, like Gloomy Lake in Ontario, Divorce Beach in Mexico, New Jersey’s Shades of Death Road (!) and a spot in Washington state known as Point No Point.
Love, the Carlson Kids and their two holiday buddies.