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SANTA SATIRE: JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Instead let it be heard, that millions of kids actually receive presents from hard working parents, siblings, and other family members, and that Santa Clause is just a capitalistic mythical ploy for all to run out to mall. May we stop the white lie, that a bunch of enslaved elves under the command of a jolly, plump omnipotent man, fashioned together their children's toy somewhere in the North Pole. Let the true story be known, that the toy was manufactured in Taiwan probably under harsh labor conditions, and that their mother and father worked their asses off around the holidays, so that it could be opened up under a tree, on Christmas morning.
This Christmas I have a few wishes, and none of them for a lump of coal or two front teeth. The first wish is that millions of children discover the truth from their parents, that the fat, jolly man in a red suit, does not supply the goods, nor would it be physically possible for him to fly eight reindeer, squeeze down chimneys with a bundle of toys, eat cookies and drink milk at each house, all within one evening. I fell for the Santa stunt myself, after leaving cookies and a glass of milk on the kitchen table Christmas eve., and waking the next morning to find only crumbs behind, my letter gone, and a tree surrounded by gifts. Later I found out it was my older brother who got the fridge benefit on Christmas Eve. of devouring a late night snack left behind from his na´ve younger brother.

Instead let it be heard, that millions of kids actually receive presents from hard working parents, siblings, and other family members, and that Santa Clause is just a capitalistic mythical ploy for all to run out to mall. May we stop the white lie, that a bunch of enslaved elves under the command of a jolly, plump omnipotent man, fashioned together their children's toy somewhere in the North Pole. Let the true story be known, that the toy was manufactured in Taiwan probably under harsh labor conditions, and that their mother and father worked their asses off around the holidays, so that it could be opened up under a tree, on Christmas morning.

Really, what is the point of skating around the little ones with this mythological secret, which puts this imaginary white bearded hero in the spot-light, instead of the nurturing parents who forked over the cash or energy creating a swath of freshly wrapped presents. Why paint a heroin, where he gets all the credit, and the children are further blinded by an illusionary world, of sugar plum fairies, flying reindeer, sleigh bells, and little green elves. Ahh... but tradition continues, we don't want to shatter the wishes and visions of the child around the holidays... bah humbug... let the child be the judge of that, at least we can do is stop the adult trickery. Besides we all find out the truth of the Santa hoax, and find relief in knowing, that the shining flare in the sky was not a shiny sleigh, and that your no longer being left in the dark by the adults. It is time to dispel the Santa myth.

Many parents are still bent on playing the game of "cultural make believe" with their kids, leading them on about super human Santas' in two places at one time, with adults often stretching the lie further, just to cover up this childhood conspiracy. Of course not all families celebrate the Christmas holiday, with Santa as the star, but he sure has an entourage of a following, making the Easter Bunny jealous, and putting many people on a lower budget as they approach the new year.

Here comes my second wish, for the holidays... may we stop supporting the corporations banking on billions, as their holiday gift, while most of us struggle to buy that little league mitt for our little one. And if there is shopping going on let it begin with the local mom and pop stores, workings just as hard as most working class, keeping more dollars within the local community. May the CEO's of Gap (Kids), Nike, and Toys R Us scrape by with a few less millions this year, perhaps having to forgo one of their million dollar homes. Besides, if Christians our celebrating the birth of a radical prophetic man, would Jesus really want us to give to the rich, instead of the poor?

And for my final wish for the holiday, is that gift giving be supplemented with an exchange of arts, crafts, mingled with giving and receiving of time off, from arbitrary 9 to 5. May our holidays be full of the glee in company of family friends, then the last minute dash to the shopping mall. Instead, of excessive amount of spending on novelty and toys, which become tomorrow's attic stash or another lump of plastic in the landfill, create our own innovative ways of expressing compassion. Holidays could be a time of spending less, rather then working more to support excessive spending habits, allowing more time in the place that matters, home. Why not, spend a part of Christmas with those we love, free from the expectations of over excessive gift giving, where someone is constantly trying to compete with the other, placating the fact that they can't really afford it. Why don't we return to the traditional humanistic experience of sharing quality time, with little if any obligations, other then the basic moral feeling of belonging and sharing food and conversation? And again, may this holiday season be with out gifts marked, "From: Santa" or "From: The North Pole," instead lets keep it real