Sunday, December 16, 2007

Santa Insulting women?

Does Santa insult women with his laugh?
I heard it on Good Morning America and on another news program that in Australia that the woman were feeling that Santa's historical laugh "Ho Ho Ho" was insulting to women who though it was a slang term for whore.
On the above link is an article that says that was false, and it was the intention of a company called Weststaff that wanted a politically correct Santa.
Can Santa be politically correct as is?
I don't think the age old Santa has a political problem.
Then there are those that think that the jolly fat man needs to go on a diet, to make him more healthy.
Does Santa really need to be healthy?
Does Santa really need to be put on a diet?
Are you kidding me?
Maybe this will put all this nonsense into some kind of perspective;

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
Editorial Page, New York Sun, 1897

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
Virginia O'Hanlon

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a sceptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus? Thank God he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!


Merle said...

Hello Janice ~~ Crazy idea about Santa and Ho Ho Ho frightening little
children. I put an item on tonight about Santa and politically correct if you care to look. I love the Virginia story, it's always nice to see or hear it. Thanks for your comments, sorry you couldn't watch Olive's movie, it was good. It may get to be shown overseas in time.
Hava a wonderful Christmas, and a very happy New Year Love, Merle.

Janice said...

Hi Merle,

Yes, it would have been nice to see it.

You have a wonderful Christmas and happy new year too.

Lady Jan~