Fat Santa

Santa Claus promotes obesity, complains Dr Nathan Grills, a professor at Monash University in Australia.  From The Telegraph:

(Grills) said the idea of a fat Father Christmas gorging on brandy and mince pies as he drove his sleigh around the world delivering presents was not the best way to promote a healthy and safe lifestyle among the young.

. . . Father Christmas could also potentially promote drunk-driving, argued Grills, referring to the tradition of leaving Santa Claus a brandy to wish him well on his travels.

At my husband’s family’s Christmas party, there was a move to draft the only new guest to play Santa for the little kids. But there weren’t enough pillows to make the costume fit 145-pound Seth, boyfriend of Susie the nutritionist. I wanted to tell the kids that Santa had acquired a personal nutritionist and taken off some weight, but this was vetoed.

Via The Corner’s Grinchwatch.

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Comments

  1. Mrs. Lopez says:

    I have never heard of Santa’s Brandy habit. ;-)

  2. Michael E. Lopez says:

    Apparently mince meat is a sometimes food.

    (No relation to Mrs. Lopez)

  3. Literature is full of skinny people, too. Why, off the top of my head, there’s Cassius. And Scrooge. And look at all the consumptive figures in novels, poetry, and plays.

    I suppose Dr. Grills also disapproves of most sculptors and painters, especially Rubens and Titian. Giacometti would get a pass.

    As for promoting drink driving, I think Dr. Grills has too little faith in magic reindeer. Also, think of the speed at which Santa travels! It must be all autopilot, rather like the cars of the future magazine writers like to profile.

  4. Also, think of the speed at which Santa travels! It must be all autopilot, rather like the cars of the future magazine writers like to profile.

    No. No autopilot.

    NORAD has been tracking Santa every Christmas for quite a while (and will do so again this year). You can see here a summary clip of last year’s tracking. Santa is clearly steering the sleigh.
    :-)

    -Mark Roulo

  5. Jason Bontrager says:

    Well we know Santa is a dangerous driver. Haven’t you heard “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPaGQEskSKM
    :-)

  6. Bill Leonard says:

    I think the real story is, Dr. Grills doesn’t have enough to do. Either that, or it was a slow news day.

  7. Santa smokes, too. Clement Clarke Moore reports:

    The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
    and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.

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