When I spotted this headline in the Daily Mail, I knew immediately that this was a clear sign of God’s displeasure. He doesn’t think the guy should be a saint...or doesn’t believe in the concept. I agree!
That's a bad sign: 100ft crucifix built in honour of John Paul II collapses and crushes a man to death just two days before he is declared a saint
Yesterday was what is known in Germany as Niklaus, which was stolen by Christians and moved to December 25th. The English word Santa Claus derives from this.
Children wake up to find a shoe or a stocking filled with small gifts, but more often fruit, nuts, and sweets. Childhood joy is not diminished by the lack of lavish expenditures, as American children have come to expect on the stolen pagan/commercial holiday.
Of course, now German kids enjoy both festivals and do not seem to mix up the two. They are happy to import all they can from the United States. Like kids everywhere, too much is never enough, when it comes to toys, sweets, and presents.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.