I was watching television this morning and an advertisement came on for a story that WABC Channel 7 News in New York is going to have tonight. The announcer asked: "Is Santa Claus sending the wrong message to our children? Watch Channel 7 News tonight and find out."
The ad alluded to the fact that Santa is overweight and that it might be sending the message to children that it's okay to look like that.
I know that obesity is running amuck in out society, we hear all about it numerous times a day, but isn't going after Santa a little ridiculous?
So, should we be showing a slimmer, fitter Santa now? If he were thinner would he still be cheery? Is this story really necessary?
Santa shows up once a year. For all we know he loses weight during the summer and gets so thin that Mrs. Claus has to fatten him up for his December 24 ride around the world. I think one Christmas cartoon even shows Mrs. Claus trying to get a very thin Santa to eat.
Can't we get over the obesity issue for just one night a year? It's Christmas and children and adults expect a chubby Santa to come down the chimney full of cheer, presents, and ready to indulge in a cookie or two with a glass of milk.
When I was a kid I loved the idea of a chubby Santa and never did I think that his being overweight meant that it was fine to be heavy. Santa was Santa, a happy, giving person.
Society is going a little too far questioning Santa's looks.