by Chris Shugart
Celebrating the exploits of Santa Claus and his minion of Christmas operatives is an American holiday tradition that’s been permanently wired into our modern culture. But in recent times, we’ve witnessed the rise of an unpleasant breed of disapproving spoil sports who’ve taken a dim view of this popular yuletide narrative. Their holiday huff is filled with grievances, offenses, and injustices for which we Christmas supporters must be held accountable.
As in many things, it’s a matter of perspective. Labor advocates might tell you that Santa’s employees are hardly more than overworked little people, slaving away in an arctic sweatshop with a compensation package that consists of nothing more than room and board in a frozen god-forsaken wasteland. Or consider the animal rights people who’d be inclined to see a fat old man exploiting reindeer, forcing them to circle the globe hauling a heavy sleigh overloaded with gifts. Then there are the protestors who would distrust any man with the unilateral power to determine who among us is naughty or nice.
Such are the perspectives of a minority of humorless wet blankets who see every winter wonderland as a potential environmental disaster. Well, we at New Media Age don’t see it that way. So rather than focus on a cranky 1%, we’ll focus on the 99% who make the effort every year to make the Holiday Season an experience we can all enjoy. So join us as we confront, endure, and ultimately ignore Occupy North Pole. And, should you dare to go this far—have a Merry Christmas.