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I Repeat, Santa is On His Way!

December 24, 2011

In my first year at university, our lecturer made mention of a certain Father Christmas. A girl at the back of the class stuck her hand up, and went ‘Pfft, why are we all talking like Santa exists?’

My lecturer went very still, and then quietly said ‘If any one of you doesn’t believe 100% in Father Christmas, you don’t belong in this class or in this profession, and you need to leave now.’

Because if you stop believing in Father Christmas then you lose a lot more than presents. He’s the spirit of the holiday, all the things loving and giving. He actively encourages stuffing our faces and getting totally pissed; and to me he’s the patron saint of Fun. Whether you’re religious or secular, you need this guy (or gal – who isn’t a fan of Mrs Claus?) in your life – if only for the 24th and 25th of December.

In his original incarnation as Saint Nicholas, he was the patron saint of children (and students, so all hope is not lost for us old’uns), and secretly handing out gifts to the needy – and occasionally kicking ass to save children who were being enslaved or abused. So, boys and girls, next time you think about being Naughty instead of Nice, remember Santa’s a total badass.

It also looks like Santa’s reindeer come from the legendary Sleipnir, the flying horse of Norse god Odin. Again, a flying horse with eight legs, guys.

Then he turned into the Dutch Sinterklaas, which eventually led to the red-clad Coca Cola Santa Claus in the US, and the green-clad jolly fellow Father Christmas here in Britain (that’s right folks – they seem pretty much interchangable, but aren’t quite the same guy).

That’s all I’ve got time for, it’s Christmas Eve after all.

Listen out for sleighbells!

 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. December 24, 2011 5:40 pm

    I love you!

    I have nothing very interesting to say nor time to blog

    Happy Christmas Eve!

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