On the news the other day I heard the craziest thing – people getting upset about Santa’s ethnicity.
With all the crap going on in the world, this is what people are upset about? So, people seem to want to know if Santa is a white guy. Then the other suggestion was: let’s have a penguin in a red suit represent Santa. HUH??????
In my mind there are a couple of things wrong here. Let’s think logically. Santa Claus or St. Nicholas as he started off being known, was from an area of the Mediterranean around Turkey, Greece, and Italy. The men from that region generally look like Dr. Oz. So, not really a “white” guy, more of an olive skin tone. Then, the guy moves to the North Pole. SERIOUSLY cold up there.
Oh, and no penguins. (Just how would a penguin drive a sleigh anyway???)
As I’ve mentioned before, I am a BIG fan of this season. My belief has always been celebrating Christmas is being with family and friends and enjoying the companionship. I feel it is a blessing to be with those I love and cherish – especially since some are not around…for various reasons. I celebrate the gift of love and pray for peace. It’s watching kids have fun and the wonder on their faces. Just as I still believe in the spirit of Father Christmas, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus what ever one wishes to call the basic core feeling/belief. You may be thinking, well Liz you can do that any time. You’d be right, because the feeling/spirit of Christmas should be year round.
When you hold to the belief that Christmas is a feeling/spirit, in your heart he can be represented in any fashion you want. He could be a short skinny guy with a paisley beard and purple skin. Who cares? Just so long as you see Santa in the image you want. Then keep in mind that people from different regions of the world have differing skin tones. My ancestors came from northern climates, so yes, they were white. My husband’s came from southern France in an area where the Moors invaded, he’s a dark complected white guy. People near the Equator are, to varying degrees darker complected.
So, depending on the specific region of the Mediterranean St. Nicholas came from, he could have been white to olive skinned. He physically wasn’t Latino, Black, Asian, Aboriginal or any other variation, but in your heart he is what you want/need him to appear.
Now, having said all of this, I wish you all a wonderful and blessed Christmas. I wish you all joy, happiness and peace. And, if you get that Radio Flyer wagon you’ve always wanted, then BONUS!!