Re: Oh, Fox, you never fail to dissapoint.
posted at 12/16/2013 12:13 PM EST
Megyn Kelly got suckered into making a comment and PC sectarians had a field. But Megyn Kelly's perspective on Santa is historically accurate, for a fictional character whose image has been developed over the past one thousand.
Pre-modern representations of the gift-giver from church history and folklore, notably St Nicholas and Sinterklaas, merged with the English character Father Christmas to create the character known to Americans and the rest of the English-speaking world as Santa Claus.
In the English and later British colonies of North America, and later in the United States, British and Dutch versions of the gift-giver merged further. For example, in Washington Irving's History of New York (1809), Sinterklaas was Americanized into "Santa Claus" (a name first used in the American press in 1773) but lost his bishop's apparel, and was at first pictured as a thick-bellied Dutch sailor with a pipe in a green winter coat. Irving’s book was a lampoon of the Dutch culture of New York, and much of this portrait is his joking invention.
Part of our American shared experience is that the amalgamation of modern day Santa Claus stems from Germanic, Danish and British eurocentric backgrounds and developed from the US's great melting pot. The history for the past 200 years is what it is. Not to say that it doesn't change over the next 200 hundreds, but Santa's persona and image is a commercial success as depicted by Clement Moore and by Coca Cola.
That being said, Reuben Navarette had a good op ed in CNN today.
Meanwhile, back in the cultural war, it's a silly waste of time for Americans to argue over whether Santa is white or black. What matters is his philosophy on gift-giving.
Besides, this whole argument is positively 20th century! In 2010, Latinos made up 16% of the U.S. population, and they are expected to account for as much as 30% by 2050.
Everyone knows that, at least in the United States and Latin America, Santa is Latino. So, this year, skip the cookies, and leave out some tamales.
So if some kid want's to identify with a Santa who looks more like him I say that's OK, the history is what it is, but today's Christmas Season is for today's celebrents.
To which I say,........Feliz Navidad!!!!!!!!!