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Regarding Fox "News"'s "Santa is white...he just is" lunacy!

Hi. I play Santa Claus. If I can get some help from my tech savy wife o son, maybe I'll put in some photos to prove it on a later edit. As my son correctly says, I have WAY too much fun doing it!!! In the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when I have a day off and am out at the supermarket or running errands, I always wear my Santa hat and a red shirt or sweater and you won't believe the number of kids (and adults) who just FREAK with excitement. Yes, adults really DO want to believe!

While I would NEVER speak to a child without at least a tacit approval from the parent, if I do have it, I'll always chat with the child by asking his/her name, how old they are. I then ponder and tell them that they ARE on the nice list, but that they have to remember to follow their family rules. I then remind them to eat their veggies, brush their teeth, clean their rooms, work hard in school, etc., because those are not only nice list things, but BIG kid things, too! Let's face it, what parent is going to object to SANTA CLAUS telling their kid those things?

When I get home for the night on Christmas Eve, I shave the beard off because I know that if I go out looking like Santa on December 26, than many of those kids who were SOOO excited to see me just a few days before will be coming up to me, kicking my shins and calling me an old bastard for not bringing them every single thing that they wanted. Worse yet, some parents may tell their kids that it was MY fault that they didn't get it all!

I'm a 58 year old fat white guy. Many would describe me as middle aged, but I coubt that I'll make it to 116.

I tell you this to show that I do have some skin in the game when I comment on the Fox "News"' "Santa is just white" idiocy.

A few years ago, I was in a game store with my son a few Saturdays before Christmas in my Santa "disguise" when an African American family came in. There were 3 kids, a lovely mom and a dad who looked to be about 38 years old, was a really good looking guy with a very athletic build. After going through my usual Sants routine, I was chatting with the dad and I told him that I thought he would make a wonderful Santa. He was a bit taken aback by this and I explained my opinion that there is no rule that says that Santa has to be a fat old white guy. I expressed my opinion that since we have a young and handsome African American President, we could also have a young and handsome African American Santa Claus.

Santa Claus is a symbol of the spirit of giving, generosity, sharing and love that is emblematic of the Holiday Season. Who says that that symbol can only have the face of old dudes like me and only those of Northern and Western European ancestry?
Speaking for myself, I don't care if Santa is white, black Asian, straight, gay fat, thin, male, female or paisley & polka dotted!

It is also amazingly vacuous to state automatically that Jesus and Saint Nicholas were Northern/Western European. Jesus was Middle Eastern and almost certainly looked so, and possibly black. Saint Nicholas was Greek and almost certainly looked Mediterranean. For Ms. Kelly company to bend this to make them into the precious Fox "News" Caucasian is moronic, but also typical of that network.

Let me also add that the word "holiday" comes from the root of "holy day", so wishing someone "Happy Holidays" is NOT participating in the "War on Christmas". If I'm aware of being in the presence of someone who is devoted to this particular Fox "News" piece of lunacy, I'll make sure to say "Happy Holidays" while dressed Santa just to annoy them!

That's my 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that!

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