From the Christmas Vault:
50 Shades of Santa
The great debate recently about the color of Santa makes me wonder- if that all time Christmas classic “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” could be written by a Irving Berlin, a Jew, who’s to say what color Santa actually is?
I say why not 50 shades of Santa?
Who can forget when Fox newscaster Megyn Kelly not only confirmed that Santa was white but on the same show she announced “Jesus was a white man too…I mean, he was an historical figure, that was a verifiable fact, as is Santa…I just wanted the kids watching to know that.”
Verified by who? Coca Cola?
Spoiler alert- Santa isn’t real!
This historical figure is a figure of our imagination, commercialized by the Mad Men of Madison Avenue for generations to hawk products ranging from kitchen ware to toys.
The debate was sparked off by a Slate.com piece opining that perhaps Santa shouldn’t be portrayed merely as a white man anymore.
Given the diversity of our country it’s not unreasonable.
Jesus Christ Superstar
As far as that other historical figure, Jesus Christ, his oft time portrayal as a blue-eyed blonde is as fictitious as jolly old Santa, white or black.
It is quite doubtful that Jesus looked like he was of Nordic descent.
Jesus was born to a Jewish family in the Middle East, and most scholars agree that he most likely looked like what folks of Middle Eastern decent look like.
Color Me Tolerant
Perhaps the best solution to that would be to color Jesus in whatever color you wish and everyone will be happy.
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