This is the time of year that we start making plans for holiday decorating, photos, and what goes on the Christmas lists. A week from today will be a busy one-we’re picking up the tree (trucked into the city by a nearby treee farm), and getting LB’s Santa photo taken.
She doesn’t really believe in the big guy any more; about two years ago shortly after she turned six, she asked if I was really Santa, and that was that. But, she’s not so grown that she doesn’t want to get the annual photo taken, and we don’t mind adding to the collection.
Some of the stores and organizations around here have special photo days or hours where the Santa isn’t the typical fat, old white guy, but is black, or Asian, or Hispanic. There are probably some even more Santas; Seattle is home to dozens of ethnic groups.
We’ve always tried to fit a black Santa into our schedules, and last year found a sorority that sponsors free digital black Santa photos. Since the young women taking the photos were from the digital age, they did an awesome job of taking a great shot-better than some of the very pricy ones we got at the “Big Department Store over the years. So we’re returning to their site again.
Growing up, it never occurred to me that Santa was anyone but the jolly old guy I saw on every card, display, television special and even a couple of ornaments. He was this benevolent white guy with a fleet of white mini-me’s that had pointy ears who happily worked all day and night making toys, except for that one who wanted to be a dentist. I always thought he had a screw loose. What kind of person WANTS to mess around with nasty teeth??
But LB always figured Santa looked like her, just as I’m guessing some Asian and Hispanic kids figure their Santas look like THEM. It makes perfect sense. And I’m glad some of the stores around Seattle recognize that.
Like I said, LB isn’t quite ready to give up the charade, and the other day was speculating about where the black Santa resides. “The white Santa lives in the North Pole, right? So the black Santa must live…on the SOUTH Pole! With the penguins!”
Who knows, maybe the black Santa uses penguins to pull the sleigh. If reindeer can fly…