A couple of days ago I read an article called “Bring Back the Lean Green Father Christmas” by Permaculture Magazine. They want to bring back the Father Christmas that came from the deep Germanic woods and was dressed in all green. It seems the main reason they want to do this is because the evil soft drink corporations turned Father Christmas/Santa red and made him fat. Okay, the premise of a leaner greener Santa is a good one in general, but just like all the historical errors I couldn’t help but point out to them, I guess I still feel the need to pick this article apart even more. I support a greener Christmas, not because I’m all worried about the polar ice cap melting and leaving Santa homeless; He has contingency plans for that ;) My reasons are because I really want to see Christmas become more meaningful and less materialistic. I also support Santa becoming leaner. Santa being immortal doesn’t have to really worry about his waistline. However, he is concerned about being a good role model and has been working hard on being more fit and trim.
These things being said, though Christmas seems like it last for about a month, it is really only one day a year and it is truthfully the other 364 days that are more of the problem. In the famous 1823 poem Twas The Night Before Christmas “the Children were nestled all snug in their bed, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads” and I think this is an awesome. I love the thought of my kids going to bed and having dreams of dancing sugar plums, but I am pretty sure our kids are not having dreams about getting to eat sugar; if anything it would be nightmares about ever having to go a day without it! Because of our hyper consumption lifestyles it seems like Christmas has had to become bigger and bigger to compete with everyday life. If you remember in the poem Santa only filled the stockings not the entire room with presents. I just think if we could create a simpler less materialistic everyday lifestyle for our family then Christmas would become even more special.
So even though I agree with Permaculture Magazines lean and green premise, I think buying green presents or green energy investments, so we can feel all warm and fuzzy green inside at Christmas is kind of lame. Buy green energy investments to celebrate tax season or something, not Christmas! I read Permaculture Magazine because I want to create a more sustainable lifestyle for my family and they have some great articles to help in that endeavor. However this article just didn’t resonate with me and by reading the comment section I wasn’t the only one. What color we dress Santa or Father Christmas seems like a personal preference and more about our rich cultural traditions than our ideological leaning. My Santa wears red, but he doesn't work for any corporation and he himself is fighting to restore the magic of a less materialistic Christmas! So dress Santa in green if you desire to, but I will work on doing a better job of dressing the other 364 days in the year in a simpler greener lifestyle. Then hopefully my cookie eatting Santa dressed in red will inspire sugar plums to dance through my childrens head every Christmas eve.
Shawn, Head Elf
Elf Certified Workshop
Here is the link to the article.http://www.permaculture.co.uk/news/0312134041/bring-back-lean-and-green-father-christmas
They told me the fixed the mistakes, but they didn’t, they just added to them lol.
Head Elf Shawn
*Head Elf of the Elf Certified Workshop* Recipient of Santa's Golden Hammer Award*Elf Apprentice Trainer*Founding Member of 'FREE TOYLAND'*