Tuesday, December 25, 2012
He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake
Given that today is Christmas, I thought it might be fun to explore a recent thought I had about Santa Claus. If you take a step back, the story is actually a bit disturbing. There is some guy who watches you all year long keeping track of everything you do and judging you. At the end of the year he invades your home, eats your cookies and if he deems your behavior acceptable, drops off some presents. It seems like an inherently invasive story, which on the surface you might even think would be scary to children. I guess when kids are young enough to believe in Santa, this is probably their view of their parents and it doesn't seem like a big deal, but when I had that thought the other day it made me laugh. The other things, of course, is that he is a benevolent guy, but how little of a change would it take to make the story play out much, much differently?
Merry Christmas everyone!