Monday, December 30, 2013

In possible defense of "white Santa"

OK...I saved this one to keep the sacredness of Christmas, but I now feel free to talk about it now. (Apologies to those celebrating Orthodox Christmas)

One of the latest flaps in the “war on Christmas” was the alleged ethnicity of Santa Claus.  I can’t defend Megan Kelly (of Fox News) saying Jesus is white. I picture Jesus being the male version of my daughters, who are a mix of African-American, Asian-American, European American with traceable Native American roots. The Bible clearly points out some non-Hebrew lineage (such as Rahab and Ruth), to emphasize Jesus’ racial “impurity”.

But I have to give Kelly  a little slack . She did challenge Karl Rove when he claimed that Romney won (or at least wasn’t willing to accept the results every news organization was broadcasting)

And more importantly, I think there are several great arguments why Santa has to be white,  but not because of Kelly’s reasons.

Consider the following questions as to why Santa “has” to be white:

  1. What kind of person can break into several homes in one night, and never be arrested?
  2. Who is able to drive well beyond recommended speed limits and not get ticketed?
  3. What kind of person would get all the glory/benefit for work that is done by people of another race (i.e. elves)? 
  4. What kind of person would put animals above people? (Reindeers get Christmas songs, but you never hear a song about an elf!)
  5. Who, at least in the Netherlands (well, maybe not anymore), periodically tries to prove that “some of my best friends are black”?
  6. What kind of person is able to prosper simply by working just one night out of the year?
  7. Who regularly wears the same type of tacky clothing, year after year?
  8. What kind of person gets so much publicity for not actually doing much work?
  9. What kind of guys is always available, and desires, to have kids sit on his lap?
  10. Who can say “Ho! Ho! Ho!” and not be accused of misogyny?
  11. What kind of person visits poor neighborhoods once a year to give gifts, but spends most of his time in a private (and mostly white) community, away from such people?
  12. Who spends so much free time investigating the personal lives of children,  and then be given the power to declare them “naughty” or “nice”?
  13. Who is seen in African American communities just a few days out of the year, and clearly does not live, shop, eat or worship there, and yet is still welcomed there time after time?

So have I made my case, or what?

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year in 2014, everyone!
For the record, i am most certainly NOT against a non-white Santa, but doesn't the evidence suggest what the "real" one's ethnicity is?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Vote for Baby Faith!

Yes, it's another blog post will be purely self-serving. But i hope you can be a part of making it special for a special girl. So many people have already.For example, celebrity Sherri Shepherd took time and  retweeted our tweet about Faith. Thank you so much, Sherri!(and the many others who retweeted!)

Please vote for our daughter Faith for Gerber’s baby photo contest on Facebook
, Nov-4 – Dec. 1!
NOYE: you may have to type in Faith's name to search. We live in Chicago.

Go to this website => which will redirect you to the Facebook page to vote for her. (that page is )

Why vote for Faith? She’s the quintessential Gerber baby for the 21st Century: a mix of African-American, Asian-American, Native American and European American. She's got a great smile, and a very happy, smart child with a bright future.
But more than that, she is a little miracle, literally from day 1.
She was born at 26 weeks (out of the normal 40) at just 1 ½ pounds (670 grams). This little miracle has suffered some pain early on so she can bring joy to the future.

Faith was trying to be like her big sister, Mia, who was born 8 years ago at 15 1/2 OUNCES (that would be ZERO pounds! Or 430 grams) at 23 1/2 weeks. Mia had several doctor visits, lots of medications, treatments and therapies over the next few years. But she is now a 3rd grader, and happy and healthy, and a great sister, influencing her sister and making her laugh and smile even more than usual.
34 months ago Faith was fighting for her life in the NICU.  Two years ago (November 2011), she wasn't even able to turn over by herself. Now, Faith is in daycare, and has let me know on many occasion that she is a big girl!

There have been a few struggles and sacrifices (especially financially and professionally) over the years. Winning this contest would be a big blessing for our entire family.

Please vote for Faith at http://vote4Faith.Paulus.Me  (that page is re-directed to!

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at 

Saturday, August 24, 2013