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Posted on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 10:08 p.m.

Santa Claus receives warm welcome at Briarwood Mall

By Danielle Arndt

Macy’s National Santa Bus Tour wrapped up its trip to Michigan with a stop at the Macy’s at Briarwood Mall Tuesday.

Santa Claus' bus was to be led by a fleet of Ann Arbor Police Department vehicles and Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje was scheduled to greet him. A band of bagpipers also played to mark his arrival.

Santa read "The Night Before Christmas" to children and heard their Christmas wish lists.

Visit to learn more about Santa’s mission and to track his continued journey across the United States.

Staff reporter Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at


Homeland Conspiracy

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 10:21 a.m.

Big Brother or Santa Claus You better watch out Santa Claus just may be a more devious menace then the "Big Brother" envisioned by George Orwell in his novel 1984. Santa constantly conducts surveillance of millions of children & violates their right to privacy, determined to discern whether they are being " bad or good"- casting an even wider net than the Thought Police in Orwell's novel. The fact that Santa watches children worldwide, while they are sleeping as well as when they are awake, suggests the machination of a voyeuristic pedophile. He also displays a deep-seated, obsessive-compulsive neurosis: he incessantly makes list of children who are naughty & nice, then checks them not only once but twice. This behavior reflects the working of what can only be described as very disturbed mind. Consider the evidence. The unkempt, longhair. Unshaven Bohemian, dressed in red (to display his communist ideology, perhaps?) Enslaves helpless elves in his isolated sweatshop & relegates his wife to the role of a 2nd class citizen, refusing to allow her even the dignity of a 1st name. He goes on an annual rampage, breaking into & entering private homes by the way of the chimney, stealing cookies, apples, & milk, then leaving behind toys in a feeble attempt to redistribute wealth & spread his warped Marxist-Leninist-totalitarian-tyranny. Santa Claus (if that's his real name) apparently "drinks so heavily that his flying sleigh must be guided by a reindeer named Rudolph who, judging by his red nose is even drunker that Santa," noted columnist William Burril in the Toronto Star says "The fact that Santa manages to visit every house in the world in a single night also strongly suggests a heavy personal use of hard drugs such as Cocaine, Meth, & E.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 3:02 p.m.

Did you read the new article on what Santa did to Rudolph is considered bullying? Yup. He would not consider him and told him to get a nose job. In the end he used poor Rudolph, but to what expense? I agree though, less reading next time.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 2:52 p.m.

You could have saved a lot of time and just written "Bah Humbug".