Caller Tells Glenn How 'The Immortal Nicholas' Keeps Christmas Magical

Sometimes, it's difficult to know if your words and actions have the desired impact. Today on The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn received a very special gift from Heath, a listener who shared how The Immortal Nicholas has impacted his son. Heath's eight-year-old is quite enamored with the concept of Santa, and it showed during a recent visit paid to St. Nick.

"My son gets up on Santa's lap. Santa is asking him what he wants for Christmas, the normal banter, and my son is going on about, Hey, you look really great for your age. How many Macy's parades have you done? I mean, you look really fantastic for as old as I know that you are. Santa is just looking at him smiling. Finally, he leans into his ear, and he says, I know your real name is Agios.

"Oh, my gosh," Glenn replied.

Agios is the main character from Glenn's Christmas book The Immortal Nicholas.

"As we're walking off, my son is like, Man, I'm glad I got that off my shoulders. And he's like, Dad, you know, we should have got him some frankincense and brought it to him. But I know that probably would have brought back some bad memories.

"Oh, how great. What a great story," Glenn said.

Glenn wrote The Immortal Nicholas for his own children who were paying too much attention to Santa and missing the real meaning of Christmas.

"They were buying into the Rudolph and the North Pole toy shop and everything else. And I needed a way --- I didn't want to be the anti-Santa dad --- so I needed a way to bring the story of Santa in and yet not affect the story of the birth and death of Christ. And I'm so glad that you read it to him . . . and it worked," Glenn chuckled.

Heath ended the call with a special message for Glenn.

"I just want to call and thank you for contributing to the magic of Christmas and keeping that spirit alive for kids and adults alike," Heath said.

Enjoy this complimentary clip from The Glenn Beck Program:

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

GLENN: Hello, America. Let's go to Heath in Virginia. Hello, Heath.

CALLER: Good morning, Glenn. Good morning, Pat. Pat, Stu, Jeffy, Merry Christmas to you guys.

GLENN: Merry Christmas.

JEFFY: Merry Christmas.

CALLER: Hey, Glenn, I don't want to shift gears too much. I know you guys love talking about ladies handbags and dresses and jeans.

(chuckling)

STU: We do?

CALLER: Being mistaken as a gay designer. But that's okay.

STU: That's true.

GLENN: Right. Right.

CALLER: I wanted to share a quick anecdote with you guys, a funny Christmas story. We took our son to see Santa the other night at the mall.

And my 8-year-old is just eaten up the concept of Santa. And how this ties into you -- I'll get to that point quickly.

My son gets up on Santa's lap. Santa is asking him what he wants for Christmas. The normal banter. And my son is going on about, "Hey, you look really great for your age. And how many Macy's Parades have you done? I mean, you look really fantastic for as old as I know that you are." Santa is just looking at him smiling. And he said -- finally, he leans into his ear, and he says, "I know your real name is Agios."

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

CALLER: And Santa glances at me like, "Is your son high? Is there something wrong with him?"

PAT: That's great.

(laughter)

CALLER: And I look back and I said, "Just go with it." So he kindly talks to him -- as we're walking off, my son is like, "Man, I'm glad I got that off my shoulders." And he's like, "Dad, you know, we should have got him some frankincense and brought it to him. But I know that probably would have brought back some bad memories."

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

PAT: That's awesome.

GLENN: Oh, how great. What a great story.

In case you don't know what he's talking about, this is the book that I wrote for my children, and I think released last year or the year before, called The Immortal Nicholas. And I wrote it because I couldn't get my kids to pay attention to Jesus. They were just paying attention to Santa. And they were buying into the Rudolph and the North Pole toy shop and everything else. And I needed a way -- I didn't want to be the anti-Santa dad. So I needed a way to bring the story of Santa in and -- and yet not affect the story of the birth and death of Christ. And I'm so glad that you read it to him and it worked.

(chuckling)

PAT: How old is your son?

CALLER: He's eight years old.

PAT: Wow. That's great.

CALLER: And actually his question -- and I'm actually sad that I got through to you this morning while he's at school and he didn't have a chance to talk to you.

He wanted to know -- and he's gone on and on about it since last year, he's been asking numerous times, "Dad, Dad, how did Glenn Beck get the true story behind Santa?" I mean, he will not leave me alone about it. He wants to know how God told you. Did he come to you in a dream? Were you, you know, were you out in the wilderness? Where were you that God shared this story with you about Agios and how -- so if you could wrap it up.

GLENN: You can tell him that it wasn't God. It was -- it was Santa that told me.

CALLER: Okay. Okay.

GLENN: And you have to be of a certain weight and body shape to be able to have Santa to trust you. And so I kind of resemble Santa in my body shape.

But you could just tell him that it was Agios that told me because he may know -- there's an episode of The Vault that is coming up, where I share some things that my children have received from Santa. My -- my second oldest daughter, when she was very young, got a sleigh bell from Santa. She was just at the edge of unbelieving. And she wanted -- the only Christmas present she wanted was a sleigh bell. She didn't tell anybody about it. And it wasn't there under the tree.

And thank goodness the next day we had figured out that he may have dropped it off -- out of his pocket, and it rolled down the roof, and it was right there at the chimney at the bottom. And so she found that. And two years ago, my youngest child, Cheyenne, was at the age of unbelieving. And Santa left her this unbelievable handmade glove, leather glove, that has the rain marks on it and everything else that is marked Santa. And he left her this glove. And it was -- I mean, it was pretty remarkable.

I mean, you would -- you can't buy something like that in a store. And you would need like, you know, your own personal I don't know, fashion company or something to be able to make something like that.

STU: Hmm.

GLENN: And so -- but you can tell her --

PAT: And nobody has that. Nobody has that.

GLENN: Yeah. You can tell him that Santa has been very kind to us, and we don't know why.

CALLER: Okay. I will do that. He has been the same to us. So I just want to call and thank you to contributing to the magic of Christmas. And keeping that spirit alive for kids and adults alike.

GLENN: Thank you. Man, I can't -- I can't tell you -- this is -- I don't -- I don't recall very many calls on The Immortal Nicholas. Like this, where people have shared with me reading it with their children. And I am so glad that -- I am so glad that you had that experience. Thank you. That means the world to me.

CALLER: Thank you.

GLENN: You bet. You bet.

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The House approved a new aid package for Ukraine of nearly $40 billion, which will increase the total U.S. funding for Ukraine's war efforts to a whopping $58 BILLION since March, if the package passes in the Senate. Meanwhile, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified before Congress that the Biden administration is considering diverting resources away from an already-struggling VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) to deal with the border crisis.

"I am not making this up -- this will [make] your head explode," Glenn Beck said in the radio program Thursday. "They are going to divert costs; the Biden administration is taking money from the VA. Now already, our veterans get seconds, and we are [considering] diverting VA funding, and doctors, and nurses, away from our vets and to the migrants at the border, so we can take money that we don't have, $58 billion, and send it to Ukraine. What the hell is wrong with us?"

"Now, some Republican lawmakers are attempting to fight this," he added. "But, most people haven't even heard of this. This is how the atrocities at the border go unchecked. Biden sweeps it all under a rug. The mainstream media covers it up. And, meanwhile, people suffer and die. And in this case, it's not only the people on the border, but it is also our veterans in VA hospitals."

Glenn went on to detail the unreported deadly consequences of Biden’s border policies which have led to enough fentanyl to kill millions of Americans pouring across the border and terrorists having found easy paths into our country.

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Corruption, greed, and death. This is what the Left’s border policy is REALLY about, not the humanitarian effort they claim it is.

On tonight's episode of "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck exposes the groups benefitting from the border chaos under the Biden administration. A leftist money supply flows to NGOs on the border that are now taking the roles that the government should be filling with immigration and helping immigrants to flood into the U.S. Glenn asks: Why is the U.N. funding the flow of migrants to our border and subverting Congress? Why are former Biden staffers working for “non-profits” that are now getting exclusive, HIGHLY irregular multimillion-dollar border contracts? Worse than that, the consequences of Biden’s border policy have now turned deadly. National Guard members at the border are dying, fentanyl from China pours across the border, and terrorists have found an easy path to enter our country.

Finally, Glenn asks Texas Rep. Chip Roy if it’s time to impeach DHS Secretary Mayorkas for his negligence that is costing American lives.

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I can no longer relate to the modern pro-choice woman. I don’t want to shout my abortion. I want to pretend it never happened. Up until the SCOTUS leak, I had done a pretty good job of burying my 20-year secret. But the Roe v. Wade information earthquake triggered an eruption. I can no longer pretend to be ambivalent or leave it to blue-check pro-lifers to speak for me. My days of repeating the “safe, legal, and rare” mantra like a good, GenX libertarian feminist are over.

Some pro-abortion activists call their life-ending procedure “self-care,” like they just booked a hot stone massage or a facial at a spa. This is a polite euphemism many women tell themselves – not because we are cold-blooded killers, but because it’s how we survive. We HAVE to lie in order to justify what is actually taking place. Denial is a protective coating, a barrier from the truth. Remember, any woman born after Roe v. Wade has been programmed to believe that abortion is a natural-born right. “It’s legal; therefore it must not be evil. This is a medical procedure. Women do it every day.” Planned Parenthood has a nice way of describing abortion on its website: “A doctor uses a combination of medical tools and a suction device to gently take the pregnancy tissue out of your uterus.” “Gently take the tissue out.” Benign euphemisms that wrap our hearts and minds in a suffocating cocoon. Benign euphemisms to keep us in line.

I was raised in the Bible Belt and to believe that sex before marriage was the gravest of sins. You’d be better off robbing a store by pistol than to be caught fornicating with a boy. And yet I did fornicate with a boy. No boy I’d ever be proud to bring around to my parents. I never gave him the option to talk me out of it. I just demanded he pay half for the procedure and never speak of it again. I told myself it would be easier to survive the hidden shame of the abortion than wear the shame of my sin on my belly for the next nine months.

...the pill I took made an ugly, painful mess, and it didn’t finish the job.

I took the so-called “easy” way out at six weeks along and swallowed a pill I got from some abortionist who gave me the creeps. He was no medical saint like the one portrayed in “The Cider House Rules,” nobly saving women from coat-hanger abortions. The doctor in my story made a quick buck at the expense of terrified “good girls.” Years later I would learn he kept aborted fetuses in buckets and was under investigation for shady medical practices. I couldn’t leave his clinic fast enough, but at least I wouldn’t have to miss work or skip my college classes. I could finish my degree and still make my parents proud. How convenient. But the pill I took made an ugly, painful mess, and it didn’t finish the job. Now I had to see a real obstetrician, get an ultrasound, and deal with the aftermath.

This doctor’s office was nicer. It had bright lights and pink walls. Although my doctor was professional, I still felt the quiet judgment in her voice. I refused to look at the image of my tortured fetus on the screen. I knew what it would mean if I did – my feminist career ambitions would lose the battle to my soul if I looked at that baby. The doctor told me the fetus was still viable but likely mentally damaged. The “kinder” thing to do would be to finish the job at an in-clinic abortion. End the fetus’ suffering and end my own self-torture. I woke up from anesthesia to learn the abortion was complete. It’s over so quickly, but the internal conflict hangs. And hangs.

You find weird ways to cope. Not long after, I discovered an abandoned robin’s egg, still perfectly intact. I wrapped it in a sock and carried it with me for over a decade. If I couldn’t do right by my own child, maybe I could keep this unhatched egg safe. Eventually, I had to come to terms with the fact that the bird egg was dead, and I got therapy. He was a good New York psychologist. Secular, liberal, tolerant. He helped me to forgive myself, but I always knew who I really needed to ask for forgiveness …

It’s easy for a young woman with all those stockpiled eggs in her ovaries to be pro-choice. She can toss away the miracle of life like a rotten banana or a bruised apple because it is easily replaced. It wasn’t until I was forced to confront the mortality of my own fertility that I felt the full force of my regret.

But I do not write this letter to achieve redemption or to be the new face of the pro-life movement. You will not see me pleading with women outside an abortion clinic. You will not see me protesting with a cutesy, homemade sign at the March for Life. You will not see me sparring on Twitter, confronting baby-killers with cold, hard facts. For now, you will not even know my name. I suppose this is not very brave, but my story is not complete and God’s work in me is in an active state. Mine is a modest mission: Maybe if I’m honest about my own wounds, I can help other women like me to heal. Maybe I can love the terrified, knocked-up woman in the Bible Belt who believes the best worst lies our society has ever told, better than any conservative talk show host ever could.

The SCOTUS leak ripped a band-aid off a festering 50-year-old wound.

The SCOTUS leak ripped a band-aid off a festering 50-year-old wound. It’s naive to think we will fix this mess for the unborn overnight and deprogram men and women plugged into 50 years of slick, well-packaged lies. Slavery was legal in the U.S. for over 200 years before we fought a war to end it. And it was another 100 years before we ended state-sanctioned racism.

When it comes to the issue of defending innocent life, I know it’s hard to be patient. This is a clear battle of good vs. evil for many on the right, but you need allies like me – the former “safe, legal, and rare” pro-choicers who are afraid to come out of the shadows. Afraid to become a political prop in the culture wars, but willing to do the quiet missionary work in our back yards.

I hope for the day future progressives look back in horror at today’s progressives fighting to keep abortion on demand. I hope for the day the New York Times publishes the pro-life version of the 1619 Project. Maybe they’ll call it the “1973 Project,” “whose mission is to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of abortion and the contribution of the pro-life movement at the very center of our national narrative.”

Until that day, I want to help these women to be braver than me. To see beyond their impossible tomorrow. If I had allowed someone the chance to help me be brave, I might not have had the same successful career, but I would have a 20-year-old son or daughter in whom to invest this unexplained overflow in my heart.

Dear EV drivers: Think you're safe from soaring gas prices? Think again.

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Diesel fuel prices have surged to record levels, adding to already record-high inflation in the U.S. But most Americans don't drive cars that run on diesel, and many have turned to electric vehicles (EVs) to avoid the ever-increasing pain at the pump. So, how would diesel supply shortages — and the resulting sky-high prices — affect you or your budget?

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck explained why every American should be concerned about the rising cost of diesel.

"Diesel fuel is the fuel that powers the economy," Glenn began. "How does that work? Well, let's start over in China. You want something from China, you have to put it onto a big boat, a slow boat from China, and that's powered by diesel.

"Then, it gets to our docks," he continued. "You know all of those big cranes and everything else that take that crap off of the ship and then put it on the ground? Run by diesel. And then the forklifts that come and pick it up and then bring it over to the train, those run on diesel. And then the train, those engines, they run on diesel. And then the trucks that get it halfway across the country from the train where they're picked up again by the forklifts, run by diesel. Then they're put into another truck, also run by diesel."

"I sure hope all the people bragging about their electric cars as gas prices skyrocket have a backup plan for their food too. Because as diesel prices go crazy, so does the price of EVERYTHING," Glenn posted on Twitter.

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