No, Virginia, There is NOT a Santa Claus
Finally, something is being done to stop perpetuating the myth of the big, fat, white dude who brings toys to all the “good” kids. “Good” most likely meaning rich, white, male kids. Christmas is SO last century. How exclusionary can you get? Not to mention, Santa himself is a horrible man. Not only does he obviously gorge himself on trans fats and the poison known as corn syrup, but he puts self-esteem diminishing pressure on kids to not be naughty. Last year, Bosnia started fighting back:
Thanks to a rather absurd, and so far unpopular, move by officials in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, Santa will not being coming down the chimneys of public schools this year.
Though a strong tradition for the past half a century, a decision supported by the Islamic community and the nationalist Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) party has banned Santa from his usual pre-New Year’s rounds to Bosnian nursery schools and kindergartens to hand out gifts to children.
Arzija Mahmutovic, the director of the Children of Sarajevo public institution, which operates 24 public kindergartens in Sarajevo, has refused to organize Santa’s traditional visit, arguing that it is not in the spirit of Islam. However, she added generously, that parents were free to organize a visit by Santa on their own and outside of public schools.
Thankfully, Bosnia isn’t the only enlightened land and the vilifying of Santa, and all the evil that he encompasses, has started to happen here in the USA as well. The War on Christmas lives on, no thanks to that Bill O’Reilly character who is always trying to look out for the “folks.” And by “folks” he obviously means fascist pigs. This year, the post office will no longer run their letter to Santa program.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Thousands of starry-eyed children all over the world are writing letters to the jolly man at the North Pole this holiday season, but they will not likely get a response from Santa Claus or his helpers.
The U.S. Postal Service is dropping a popular effort begun in 1954 in the small Alaska town of North Pole, where volunteers open and respond to thousands of letters addressed to Santa each year. Replies come with North Pole postmarks.
It’s about time! Some parents are still encouraging their kids to believe in Santa. It is probably the same people who will actually read Sarah Palin’s book. Wingnuts! It’s a good thing we have the Smarter Than Us People to set us straight. And they are. They first started here two Christmases – excuse me, Winter Festivals – ago, in Illinois:
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