A penguin delivering gifts might even seem more feasible to them, since cartoons have primed them to consider such creatures fairly run of the mill. Of course, since we created Santa, we can certainly change him however we d like and we have, many times over. That this genial, jolly man can only be seen as white and consequently, that a Santa of any other hue is merely a Since then, Santa has been redesigned and re-appropriated to push everything from to. So let s ditch Santa the old white man altogether, and embrace Penguin Claus who will join the Easter Bunny in the pantheon of friendly, secular visitors from the animal kingdom who come to us as the representatives of ostensibly religious holidays. Since penguins can t fly, and his fellow reindeer will remain a crucial element to getting the job done on Christmas Eve. Robert De Niro! Most kids love Santa because he brings them presents. But human Santa can be terrifying or at least. And, with a penguin Santa, much Christmas folklore can remain unchanged. Our current design takes inspiration from multiple sources, including Washington Irving s 1809 description of St.
Kids are used to and s. I smell a camp classic. ) But at the time, I didn t buy it. A near-carbon copy of the first one big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: There are blogs dedicated entirely to. You may have even spotted a penguin here and there already among the. Will kids have a harder time believing in Santa the Penguin aka Penguin Claus than in the fat white guy he s replacing? W hen I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. Nick, or over the roofs of the houses, now and then drawing forth magnificent presents from his breeches pockets, and dropping them down the chimnies of his favourites. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. Nicholas magically turned into the likeness of the family that lived there. In hindsight, I see this explanation as the great Hollywood spec script it really is. (Just picture the past-their-prime actors who could share the role. For one thing, making Santa Claus an animal rather than an old white male could spare millions of nonwhite kids the insecurity and shame that I remember from childhood. Noble intentions. Two decades later, America is less and less white, but a melanin-deficient Santa remains the default in commercials, mall casting calls, and movies. It s time to hand over the reins to those deer and let the universally beloved waddling bird warm the hearts of children everywhere, regardless of the color of their skin. * Correction, Dec. 10, 2013: This article originally identified penguins as mammals. In 1823, the old man was described and illustrated as a plump Nicholas still gets thrown around.
I don t think so. Jackie Chan! Whatever house he visited, jolly old St. Or was he really a white guy? Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent. My father replied that Santa was every color. And so I propose that America abandon Santa-as-fat-old-white-man and create a new symbol of Christmas cheer. Because when you re a kid and you re inundated with the imagery of a pale seasonal visitor and you notice that even some black families decorate their houses with white Santas you re likely to accept the consensus view, despite your parents When Clement Clarke Moore published They re. Like the holiday itself, Santa has long since been extracted from his religious roots, even if the name St. A penguin. Why, you ask? They are birds. Eddie Murphy! He exists as an incredibly powerful image in the imaginations of children across the country (and beyond, of course). From here on out, Santa Claus should be a penguin. That s right:
But elfin figure. Check, check, check. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. Most importantly, they re never scary (in contrast to, say, polar bears and reindeer). Or a chance to helps perpetuate the whole Being a penguin, Santa Claus can still reside in a snowy homeland though for scientific accuracy we ll need to move him from the North Pole to the South. Eventually I asked my father what Santa really looked like. Isn t it time that our image of Santa better serve all the children he delights each Christmas? Yes, it is. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, Santa is one of the first iconic figures foisted upon you: Was he brown, like us? I remember feeling slightly ashamed that our black Santa wasn t the real thing. All want christmas essay. Notion endemic to American culture (and, of course, not just American culture). Plus, people love penguins. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering.
He can still rock a fake white beard and red suit if he chooses.