As we approach the close of the year 2018 A.D., we offer this special Christmas edition with a historical look at the origins of the most widely revered solemn lullaby composed over 200 years ago and the origins of Santa Claus traced back to the real historical figure of St. Nicholas who lived in the 4th century.
In the New Year we’ll go over the highs and lows of 2018 and map out urgent issues confronting our nation, state, and city in 2019. We started 2018 reeling from the horrible massacre at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs that occurred in November 2017, the worst mass shooting in Texas. The senseless violence left 26 dead including children and 20 wounded followed by the mass shooting at the Sante Fe High School in Galveston County. It was the second deadliest school shooting in the country that left 23 Texas victims dead or wounded.
In 2018 President Donald Trump, despite the steady drumbeat of “Get Trump” adversaries in the Democratic Party, the “Never Trump” media, and gophers buried deep in the “Deep State” steadily attacking the President and his policies all year, finished his second year with an impressive record of accomplishments detailed in a current White House report and chronicled by the Washington Examiner.
2018 was a significant year for local, state, and federal elections with an almost non-stop series of political party primaries and run-off elections leading to the non-presidential “midterm” elections last month. The results of hard-fought battles for seats in the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, leadership in the State House of Representatives and a boisterous and contentious fight over San Antonio City charter amendments are well worth reviewing in the new year.
For now let’s all enjoy the blessings and joyous celebration of Christmas with our loved ones and remember lessons learned during this season. We Americans have much in common, enjoying our exceptional gifts as a democratic republic, our religious and individual freedoms, and opportunities not shared by many around the world. But we must remain vigilant aware we can lose it all if we are not attentive to adverse forces seeking to undermine all those values and principles our founding fathers fought for to secure our freedom.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the editorial staff of The Alamo Torch.