Is Santa a bad role-model? Updated!

On December 22, 2009, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

I’m thinking on this.  Really, I’m thinking on this.  I don’t have a clear-cut answer — it’s not a facetious posting where I ask a question just to elicit a response from you the reader — I really don’t know here.

I was reading through some newsblogs and I came across a health blog from Britain where they think Santa is a bad role-model for kids.

I boggled.  But then I thought.  They bring up some good points:

  • Christmas cards often portray Santa smoking a pipe or cigar.
  • Santa promotes drink-driving: since he must sup gallons of brandy as he does his rounds on Christmas Eve.
  • Despite portraying himself as a high speed air traveller, you never see him wearing a seat belt or helmet.
  • As well as high speed travel, Santa could be accused of promoting other dangerous activities such as roof surfing and chimney jumping.
  • The jolly man spreads diseases: assuming he sneezes or coughs around 10 times a day, think of how many children may end up with swine flu after sitting on his lap making their Christmas wishes.

Now, for those who may not know — hubs is from Sweden — land of the cold and viking.  In years past, Jultomten has been a lean fellow, looking much like an elf of lore.  But of late, he’s looking much more American — corpulant and Coca-Cola-esque in appearance which brings us to believe that sometimes fat is fine, but not always (especially when we look at swimsuit models and such).

So what do you think?

Updated!

Now there’s a video!  Supposedly this was a joke?  Spoof?  Satire?  Who knows.

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2 Responses to “Is Santa a bad role-model? Updated!”

  1. MacMadame says:

    I think they have a point with the pipe smoking and the obesity, but I don’t think there is any evidence that he drinks brandy all night and the rest of the list is pushing it.

  2. Andrea says:

    In some countries, they leave Santa brandy at night.

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