IJMC Santa Claus Is A Woman

                   IJMC - Santa Claus Is A Woman

This year, I'm not sending out the old Spy magazine reasoning why Santa 
Claus can't exist. Instead, in part one of a two part series I'm sending 
out debates over Santa's gender. Hmm...cute correspondant on CNN right 
now, and that's all I'll say on that subject. Part two coming right up, 
for your counterside enjoyment!                                    -dave


I think Santa Claus is a woman.... I hate to be the one to defy sacred
myth, but I believe he's a she.  Think about it.  Christmas is a
big,organized, warm, fuzzy, nurturing social deal, and I have a tough time
believing a guy could possibly pull it all off! 

For starters, the vast majority of men don't even think about selecting
gifts until Christmas Eve.  It's as if they are all frozen in some kind of
Ebenezerian Time Warp until 3 p.m. on Dec. 24th, when they - with amazing
calm - call other errant men and plan for a last-minute shopping spree. 

Once at the mall, they always seem surprised to find only Ronco products,
socket wrench sets, and mood rings left on the shelves. (You might think
this would send them into a fit of panic and guilt,but my husband tells me
it's an enormous relief because it lessens the 11th hour decision-making

On this count alone, I'm convinced Santa is a woman.  Surely, if he were a
man, everyone in the universe would wake up Christmas morning to find a
rotating musical Chia Pet under the tree, still in the bag. 

Another problem for a he-Santa would be getting there.  First of all,there
would be no reindeer because they would all be dead, gutted and strapped
on to the rear bumper of the sleigh amid wide-eyed,desperate claims that
buck season had been extended. Blitzen's rack would already be on the way
to the taxidermist. 

Even if the male Santa DID have reindeer, he'd still have transportation
problems because he would inevitably get lost up there in the snow and
clouds and then refuse to stop and ask for directions. Add to this the
fact that there would be unavoidable delays in the chimney, where the Bob
Vila-like Santa would stop to inspect and repoint bricks in the flue.  He
would also need to check for carbon monoxide fumes in every gas fireplace,
and get under every Christmas tree that is crooked to straighten it to a
perfectlyupright 90-degree angle. 

Other reasons why Santa can't possibly be a man:

- Men can't pack a bag.
- Men would rather be dead than caught wearing red velvet.
- Men would feel their masculinity is threatened...having to be seen
  with all those elves.
- Men don't answer their mail.
- Men would refuse to allow their physique to be described even in
  jest as anything remotely resembling a "bowlful of jelly."
- Men aren't interested in stockings unless somebody's wearing them.
- Having to do the Ho Ho Ho thing would seriously inhibit their
  ability to pick up women.
- Finally, being responsible for Christmas would require a commitment.

I can buy the fact that other mythical holiday characters are men.........

Father Time shows up once a year unshaven and looking ominous.
Definite guy.

Cupid flies around carrying weapons.

Uncle Sam is a politician who likes to point fingers.

Any one of these individuals could pass the testosterone screening test. 
But not St. Nick.  Not a chance. As long as we have each other, good will,
peace on earth, faith and Nat King Cole's version of "The Christmas Song,"
it probably makes little difference what gender Santa is. 

I just wish she'd quit dressing like a guy!!!

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