WBEZ | Santa http://www.wbez.org/tags/santa Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Dear Santa: Please help Chicago sports teams this Christmas http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/dear-santa-please-help-chicago-sports-teams-christmas-104492 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_bears_-santa.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 438px" title="Santa has a long list from the Bears this year.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" /></div><p>Children are not the only ones hoping Santa Claus can bring them all the items on their wish-list. Sports teams have compiled a list that they hope the jolly old man may put under their Christmas tree. OK, maybe they don&#39;t have a list, but here is what I think they want &mdash; it&rsquo;s not sugar plums and candy canes.</p><p>The Bears, and specifically Head Coach Lovie Smith, have a long list of wishes. A playoff berth is top on the list in big bold letters. Smith&rsquo;s future here as the Bears head coach may be tied into a postseason appearance. Winning the last two games and loses by other teams may get them in the playoffs (lots of work for Santa). General Manager Phil Emery must have plenty of wishes, too. High on his list are numerous offensive linemen, a wide receiver and a sure-handed tight end. Basically he&#39;s dealing with the personal that former GM Jerry Angelo left for him.</p><p>It&#39;s not hard to figure out what the Cubs would love to get: wins &mdash;&nbsp;lots and lots of wins. It is probably on top of every Cubs fan&#39;s list, too. Team President Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer have been filling out the roster with some free agents: Scott Baker, Scott Feldman and Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa. Face it: The Cubs are going to be a struggle this year maybe the next, so wins may be on the team&rsquo;s wish list for a few holiday seasons. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts may have something bigger on his mind: a plan for renovations for Wrigley Field. Is it time for Mayor Rahm Emmanuel to stop being a Grinch and start getting down to business at Clark and Addison?</p><p>On the South side, the White Sox wish is for fans over two million strong to move the turnstile this year. It would be nice since attendance has been on a decline for the past few years. Last season the Sox were in first place in the AL Central most of the year, but were one of the worst teams in baseball in fan attendance. With reduced ticket pricing and other fan-friendly deals ($10 parking on Sundays) maybe the numbers will improve; they also have to be competitive again on the field. Winning the American League Central would be a real present.</p><p>It is not hard to figure out what the Bulls want to see under their Christmas tree: a full-strength and fully recovered Derrick Rose. That may be a tall order for Santa to handle. No one knows for sure when that will happen. So, maybe a trip to the All-Star game for Joakim Noah would be a nice gift. Fans can help Jolly St. Nick by stuffing the All-Star ballot box &mdash;&nbsp;put votes in for Luol Deng, too. Another wish would be acquiring another major star player to complement Rose&rsquo;s return. Now that&rsquo;s a big wish.</p><p>The Blackhawks and their fans have one wish: a season.</p><p>Santa&rsquo;s magic has to extend at least another week to make a special News Year&rsquo;s Day for the Northern Illinois Huskies. They want to upset the Florida State Seminoles in the Orange Bowl in Miami. On that same day, Northwestern University head coach Pat Fitzgerald would love to snap the Wildcats bowl losing streak at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville Florida (NU is facing Mississippi State).</p><p>Keeping the win column filled with victories is the hope of the Illini basketball team; they got a nice present when they hired John Groce to coach the team.</p><p>DePaul, Loyola, Northwestern and UIC (men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s teams) are all hoping they get wins on the hard court floor to fill their stockings (and maybe some front-line recruits).</p><p>It would be great if Santa gave Northwestern&rsquo;s women&rsquo;s lacrosse team another NCAA Championship and let the Chicago Sky finally compete in the WNBA playoffs.</p><p>Of course, there will be coal put in at least a couple of stockings&hellip;the NHL&#39;s and Lance Armstrong&#39;s.</p><p>Whatever you celebrate, may I wish each and every one of you a Happy holiday season! Hope those going through tough times will find comfort and may your hopes and dreams come true. I still believe!</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="http://&lt;https://twitter.com/Crayestout&gt;">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">Cheryl Raye-Stout #AtTheGame</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/dear-santa-please-help-chicago-sports-teams-christmas-104492 Tips for guaranteeing a perfect 'Scared of Santa' photo http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/tips-guaranteeing-perfect-scared-santa-photo-104443 <p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.5099058862703227">The best part of Christmas are those hilarious &ldquo;scared of Santa&rdquo; photos&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/holidaily/sns-holiday-christmas-bad-santa,0,7208347.photogallery">posted on the&nbsp;</a></span><em><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/holidaily/sns-holiday-christmas-bad-santa,0,7208347.photogallery">Chicago Tribune</a></em><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/holidaily/sns-holiday-christmas-bad-santa,0,7208347.photogallery"><em>&rsquo;s</em> website</a>. Truth be told, it wouldn&rsquo;t feel like Christmas without a couple dozen photos of terrified children sobbing on strange men&rsquo;s laps. So avoid feeling like a failure this year and turning out a regular boring old photo of your sweet child smiling on a friendly fat guy&rsquo;s knee, here are some tips on how to elicit a surefire winner:</p><br /><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4176024999_7f503c1ce2.jpg" style="float: left; height: 445px; width: 300px;" title="Ho ho ho? (Flickr/Stephen M. Scott)" /></div><ul><li dir="ltr">Try to find a hungover Santa if you can. His dour expression and the bags under his eyes will contribute to a hilarious image.<br />&nbsp;</li><li dir="ltr">Better yet: skinny Santa. What could be worse?<br />&nbsp;</li><li dir="ltr">Dress your child much too warmly for the occasion, and try to find a Santa in extremely high demand. That way, after the hours of waiting in line (don&rsquo;t forget to forget the snacks), your little one will be uncomfortable and miserable.<br />&nbsp;</li><li dir="ltr">Have the big &ldquo;stranger danger&rdquo; chat with your child on the way to meet Santa, but as you wait in line say, &ldquo;Well, Santa&nbsp;probably&nbsp;doesn&rsquo;t want to hurt you.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li><li dir="ltr">Inform your child that Santa&rsquo;s beard is full of earwigs which will crawl into his or her ear and lay thousands of holiday eggs.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li><li dir="ltr">Give your child a long script to recite to Santa and inform him that if he deviates from it, even by one word, Santa will kill your dog. Make sure you give him a lot to drink before you do this and go somewhere where there are no public restrooms in sight.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li><li dir="ltr">Tell your child that you&rsquo;re sorry, but this year Santa has decided that every other child who comes to sit on his knee will be abducted on Christmas Eve and there&rsquo;s no way of knowing which is which.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li><li dir="ltr">If all else fails, give your child a merry little pinch on the upper arm right before he or she goes up for the photo. Ho ho ho and a ha ha ha!</li></ul></p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/tips-guaranteeing-perfect-scared-santa-photo-104443 A brief chat with local celebrity Lauren Fritz http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-12-21/brief-chat-local-celebrity-lauren-fritz-95078 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-21/cousin.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Many of you may heard about the latest salvo fired in the War on Christmas, this time by FOX Chicago's own Robin Robinson. (I won't repeat what she said, but if for some reason you read this blog with your tiny child, perhaps you should skip today's post.)&nbsp;</p><p>I'm proud to say that my lovely cousin, Lauren Fritz, got not one but two opportunities to share her thoughts on the matter when Ms. Robinson asked her opinion while out in the field. As you can tell from the first clip (at 2:01), Lauren was obviously very familiar with the subject matter at hand, was prepared to talk about it and had very strong opinons on the topic. WFLD's editors recognized a firebrand when they saw one, used that incredibly valuable clip and then included a follow-up from Lauren at 2:34. You can see her moments in the spotlight below:</p><p>I wanted to give Lauren the chance to speak more about her experience:</p><object data="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=11212" id="video" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="460" width="560"><param name="movie" value="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=11212"><param name="FlashVars" value="&amp;skin=MP1ExternalAll-MFL.swf&amp;embed=true&amp;adSizeArray=300x240&amp;adSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fad%2Edoubleclick%2Enet%2Fadx%2Ftsg%2Ewfld%2Fnews%2Fdetail%3Bdcmt%3Dtext%2Fxml%3Bpos%3D%3Btile%3D2%3Bfname%3Drobin%2Drobinson%2Dfox%2Dchicago%2Danchor%2Dsays%2Dsanta%2Dclaus%2Dis%2Dnot%2Dreal%2Ddoesnt%2Dexist%2D20111130%3Bloc%3Dembed%3Bsz%3D320x240%3Bord%3D310417920260019800%3Frand%3D0%2E27169111706367133&amp;flv=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Emyfoxchicago%2Ecom%2Ffeeds%2FoutboundFeed%3FobfType%3DVIDEO%5FPLAYER%5FSMIL%5FFEED%26componentId%3D136413817&amp;img=http%3A%2F%2Fmedia2%2Emyfoxchicago%2Ecom%2F%2Fphoto%2F2011%2F11%2F30%2Fis%2Dsanta%2Dreal%2Danchor%2Dapologizes%2D20111130%5Ftmb0000%5F20111130215825%5F640%5F480%2EJPG&amp;story=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Emyfoxchicago%2Ecom%2Fdpp%2Fnews%2Frobin%2Drobinson%2Dfox%2Dchicago%2Danchor%2Dsays%2Dsanta%2Dclaus%2Dis%2Dnot%2Dreal%2Ddoesnt%2Dexist%2D20111130&amp;category=news&amp;title=Anchor%20apologizes%20for%20saying%20Santa%20is%20not%20real&amp;oacct=foximfoximwfld,foximglobal&amp;ovns=foxinteractivemedia&amp;headline=Is%20Santa%20Real%3F%20FOX%20Chicago%20News%20Anchor%20Robin%20Robinson%20Apologizes%20For%20Saying%20He%27s%20Not"><param name="allowNetworking" value="all"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></object><p style="width: 560px;"><a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/robin-robinson-fox-chicago-anchor-says-santa-claus-is-not-real-doesnt-exist-20111130">Is Santa Real? FOX Chicago News Anchor Robin Robinson Apologizes For Saying He's Not: MyFoxCHICAGO.com</a></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold;">Where were you when you encountered FOX news?</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(255, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I had just walked out of work and was on my way to the El with 3 bags and 2 rolls of wrapping paper in my hands</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold;">Did you actually have an opinion at the time on the Robin Robinson/Santa thing?</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(255, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Not really. I don't know what child watches the 9pm news with their parents anyway. If you still believe in Santa Claus then 9pm is probably past your bedtime.</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(255, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I do think it's traumatizing for a little kid to find out that there's no Santa Claus, but really, they're going to find out at some point eventually.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Which portion of your interview better reflects the real Lauren? Be honest.</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(255, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px;">The second part with the hand gestures. I'm big on hand gestures.&nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold;">Looking back, what could you say now to the Lauren Fritz of long ago who is speaking in that video?</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(255, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px;">I'd tell Lauren that if someone comes up to you with a video camera and asks for your comment, say no.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Would you say anything differently if you were interviewed today and had time to prepare? Also would you style yourself differently? (I like the festive red coat). &nbsp;</span><br> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(255, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I'd probably say "What?! Santa isn't real???"</span><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(255, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I'd probably still wear the red coat, but I'd show the wrapping paper I had just purchased to prove my holiday spirit and I'd have my contacts in.&nbsp; </span></p><p>And there you have it. Real talk from one of Chicago's most inflammatory, passionate talking heads. I hope you could handle it.</p></p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 16:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-12-21/brief-chat-local-celebrity-lauren-fritz-95078 Ethics Moment: I consume, therefore I am http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-12-14/ethics-moment-i-consume-therefore-i-am-94878 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-14/black friday_flickr_steve rhodes.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Before the secret behind Santa was revealed to us by an older sibling or a loud-mouthed classmate, the magic of the holidays were untarnishable. Now, the season seems a little less jolly, focused mainly around getting the best deals to give the best presents that may cost more than we can afford.&nbsp;</p><p>Professor Al Gini confirms that holiday spending has become a critical measurement of national and global economic health. The majority of the year's retail sales will, in fact, happen within a month of Christmas. However, there are other aspects of the holidays that can be appreciated and enjoyed in the company of others.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/D2prdLwAvfg" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p><em>Al Gini is a professor of business ethics and chair of the department of management at Loyola University Chicago. He is also the co-founder and associate editor of </em>Business Ethics Quarterly<em>, and the author of several books, including </em>My Job, My Self<em> and </em>Seeking the Truth of Things: Confessions of a (catholic) Philosopher.</p></p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-12-14/ethics-moment-i-consume-therefore-i-am-94878