Some folk believe that Santa Claus is just for kids, but Eartha Kitt didn’t.
Did you know that there’s an International Association of Authorized Santa Claus (IAASC), which doesn’t seem to be online? I didn’t until I read this article, which also gives the information that there are three Asian Santas who, having been endorsed by IAASC, have set up the Asian Santa Network.
Sadly, there isn’t an Indonesian among them, which is why I’ve put Santa’s route map from Greenland here.
Good little Indonesian children might like to show it to Mummy and Daddy so that they can help Santa find you. There is a slight problem, however, and that is the shortage of chimneys, so tell your parents to leave the front door open.
In the good ol’ U.S. of A, where some folk think that, like Jesus, Santa Claus was a white man, there are at least two organisations tasked with turning out Santa clones. The Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas has a set of bylaws, and the Real Santas run the International University of Santa Claus (IUSC) which offers diplomas. An interesting excerpt from the course relating to the history of Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, Kris Kringle et al can be viewed here.
In England we do things differently, and I’m glad to see that Ed Berman’s Father Xmas Union is still going strong in inner London.
England’s suburbanites mark the season somewhat differently ….
Photo by Simon Roberts
…. but listen to and sing carols such as “While shepherds washed their socks by night …..”
If, like me, seasonal muzak heard in supermarkets, elevators and hotel lobbies makes you faintly nauseous and want to scream “Bah! Humbug!“, then you could be pleasantly surprised by Dewa Budjana’s ‘Indonesianised’ Christmas Collection.
And, if you’re good little boys or girls, I have a gift for you to download here
I wish you the seasonal kringle you wish for yourselves.