Thursday, November 15, 2007

Leave Santa Alone

When is it going to end? Apparently Santas in Australia have been instructed not to say "ho, ho, ho" as it may offend women and it may frighten children. Instead they are supposed to say "ha, ha, ha". I mean really, I can see one of my grand kids being happy in Santas arms posing for his/her picture when suddenly Santa goes "ho, ho, ho" and the kids screams in fear and mom takes the kid away because she has just been offended.

So how is it that after years and years of "ho, ho, ho" being Santas jolly laugh all of a sudden is over powered by the slang word "ho" which is used by a minority for prostitute. How is a kid supposed to know that and be offended and or frightened. Pretty soon Santa will have to politically correct his jolly laugh from "ho, ho, ho" to "lady of the night, lady of the night, lady of the night" just too be politically correct and to satisfy those that have nothing to do other than to think of all this rubbish.

Santa Claus, Holiday Figure / Toy Deliverer

Born: ?
Birthplace: The North Pole
Best Known As: Jolly toy-delivering Christmas figure

Also known as: St. Nicholas; Kris Kringle; Father Christmas

Santa Claus is the mythical figure who delivers toys to children around the world each year on Christmas Eve. According to legend, Santa lives at the North Pole and oversees a toy workshop run by busy elves. Each December 24th, on the eve of the celebration of the birth of Jesus, Santa is said to fly around the world delivering his toys in a sled pulled by eight reindeer: Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Dasher, Donder (or Donner), Prancer, and Vixen. (A ninth reindeer with a shiny nose, Rudolph, was introduced in Gene Autry's 1949 country music hit "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.") The name Santa Claus was derived from Sinterklaas, the Dutch term for the ancient Christian figure of Saint Nicholas.

The Santa Claus myth was popularized in America by the 1823 poem "A Visit From Saint Nicholas," attributed to Clement Moore. The poem begins "Twas the night before Christmas"... In the early 1860s cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa as a round, bearded man in a red suit, an image that stuck... An 1897 editorial by Frank P. Church in the New York Sun coined the famous phrase "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." Church was replying to a letter from a young reader, Virginia O'Hanlon, who asked if Santa Claus really existed... According to the Encarta encyclopedia, the nickname Kris Kringle evolved from the German words for Christ child, Christkindl.

Please, do me and the world a favor, leave Santa Claus alone and let him do his work in peace, and let him laugh any way he darn pleases.


Kurt said...

This was already being reported as ridiculous when it happened. You're a little behind the curve on this one. But keep trying!

EC said...

lol - what a funny story though - can you imagine??

Michelle said...

Amen! Leave Santa alone.

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