Pun Salad will try to stick to a theme today…
… starting off with
So, Merry Christmas to y'all. Especially you young'uns.
Another heartwarming Christmas story from China, as noted by Walter Russell Mead at the WSJ:
Beijing’s Collision With Christians.
In October, National Review’s Cameron Hilditch pointed to a Xinhua News Agency report that the Communist Party has decided to produce a state-approved Bible. Mr. Hilditch reports that one change is to the New Testament story in which Jesus spares a woman taken in adultery from stoning by telling her accusers not to cast the first stone unless they are sinless. In the new, improved version, when the accusers have left, Jesus stones the woman himself, saying, “I too am a sinner. But if the law could only be executed by men without blemish, the law would be dead.”
If you need reminding on the story Wikipedia has you more than covered. (They reference the China story, and relays: "The publisher claims that this was an inauthentic, unauthorized publication of its textbook."
The jokers at Reason produced another fine video:
White House Christmas Ornaments.
And finally, P. J. O'Rourke provides updated lyrics to your holiday favorites: Baby, It's COVID Outside. For example…
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very runny nose
And anyone who saw it
Knew he had a viral dose
All of the other reindeer
Used hoof sanitizer to prevent
Rudolph from getting near them
Even at a Trump event
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa told them all
“Can’t social distance with my sleigh
Christmas is locked down anyway.”
Then how the reindeer shunned him
As they began to rant and spew
“Rudolph the Runny-Nosed Reindeer
We’re eating you for Christmas stew”
It's funny because it could be true.