I’m all for the Christmas Spirit, but something’s got to give. And this year, it’s not going to be me.
I know I’m heading into Bah Humbug territory here, but I’m going to say what all of us are thinking; there’s only so much charity we can commit to at Christmas.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about the festive season and goodwill to all. Heck, I own Paulini’s Christmas album.
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I don’t usually quote Rodney Adler. He’s not really my type of role model.
But he said something during the HIH Royal Commission which has stuck with me. I can’t remember the exact context but he was being cross-examined and asked about why he covered up certain financial issues or didn’t report others. His response was: he had to keep the lie alive.
That would have been about 10 years ago now and suddenly “keep the lie alive” is running through my head, particularly now I have a small child and it’s Christmas.
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Well, ho, ho, ho. Talk about Christmas spirit. The big department stores are accused of exploiting Christmas by charging more than $20 for a photo with Santa.
I, for one, think it’s an excellent idea. Well, they’ve got to do something to make a buck with all those Judases buying cheap stuff online.
In fact, I think they should take this marvellous measure even further…
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To be or not to be truthful about Santa? This, for many concerned, Christmas-ing parents, is the question.
I’m always amazed at the number of fully grown humans who insist that the Santa lie preserves the “magic” and “innocence” of Christmas for children.
Ah, yes: a strangely attired man who obscures his identity with facial hair (and has a lap fetish and a naughtiness obsession) is about to break into your home via your chimney. How magic is that.
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Such are the lows that society has now sunk to that within the Santa Claus persona, you have an example of almost every type of political incorrectness possible.
He embodies everything that is wrong with the world and he must be stopped no matter the cost!
I give you Exhibit A: his leather belt and boots with white fur trim.
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