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Santa Comes to Ocean County Mall

Holiday cheer started last week

A special event Friday night with members of the Garden State Philharmonic launched the official start of the holidays at in Toms River.

Santa Claus is here. He's been sitting in a wonderland at center court near Macy's in the Ocean County Mall. The Simon Properties group began setting up the holiday display last week for the Friday evening event.

Check out our images of the display in our photo gallery.

Ken G November 22, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Blatant, Hatred, and Bigotry seem common in the right wing party as well. Although As I've said, these things do bother me, but i just try to ignore them (referencing your link), and actually maybe they should keep their opinions to themselves.
Mattie November 22, 2011 at 07:56 PM
A little FYI; Atheists come from all walks of life AND all political affiliations. I am not an atheist, per se, nor do I try to insult Christians or anyone about their religion. I will however call attention to other points of view anytime ANY religious follower forgets themselves - and expects an arrogant (religious) sovereignty over others. I will always call them on it, because they need to be called on it. That being said, if you read the article that accompanies that (very) inflammatory billboard, you'll see it was done as a direct result of the claims about a War on Christmas (every year). Very Small group making a point. And yes, I can see why Christians would be offended. But put away your broad brush about political sides.
Ken G November 22, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Well Put Mattie, Christmas is not the only holiday around.
Mattie November 23, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Ken, I was curious about the Ho Ho Ho story you mentioned so I researched it... Here are the facts: There are two stories about Santas being fired for things they said; I believe both happened circa 2006 or 07: 1 in Australia, (not America) and the place that fired him claims he was ultimately fired because of a "poor attitude" on and off the job as Santa. Yes, it's true, that company DID actually consider replacing Ho Ho Ho with Ha Ha Ha! because of the American slang word "ho" meaning prostitute. (ridiculous!) 2. The American Santa that was fired was also NOT fired for saying Ho Ho Ho, but for telling "adult" jokes and making "racy" innuendos whenever adults were around, (but NOT KIDS). An older couple got offended, complained and Santa was fired. He was subsequently given a new Santa job at a bar/comedy club and paid twice as much as his gig as a store Santa, and he gets to tell all the Naughty Boys and Girls jokes he likes. All's well that ends well. Still no war on Christmas or Santa. :-)
ginger December 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM
are you not just a riot ! festivus believe that was a made uo holiday from seinfeld?

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