Saturday, December 25, 2010

Holiday Santa: 'How Much for Just the Head?'

"Time to beheading home, Santa"
Robert Basler, Oddly Enough, Reuters blog (December 24, 2010)

Reuters photos, Baz Ratner - A vendor holds the head of a Santa Claus doll as he arranges a display outside a shop in Jerusalem's Old City (December 21, 2010)
(Reuters photos by Baz Ratner, via Oddly Enough blog, used w/o permission)

"Blog Guy, like many of your readers, I come here for news about other cultures. I'm curious about how Christmas is celebrated in Israel.

"Sure, I can tell you about Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, which…

"Not THAT Christmas! The real, commercial one. Santa Claus and reindeer and stuff.

Reuters photo,  Baz Ratner - A man wearing a Santa Claus costume places an inflatable Santa Claus doll in an alley in Jerusalem's Old City ahead of Christmas (December 22, 2010)"Oh. I'm not big on doing research, but we do have some photos from Israel this week which you may find interesting. On the left you can see the custom of 'Sleazy Santa.' They take an inflatable Santa down narrow narrow alleys in Jerusalem and pretend to peer in windows…..."

The Lemming isn't entirely convinced, regarding Mr. Basler's claim to be "not big on doing research." The "Sleasy Santa," for example, isn't a fabrication. This post includes a photograph of the phenomenon.

As for the top photo from that post, the Lemming has noted the custom of displaying Santa heads - just the head - here in central North America, too. Or, rather, mini-heads: perhaps intended to represent Santa's elves. Maybe a dozen of them in a tree, each hanging from a branch.

It's a festive sight, in its own way: perhaps the Lemming knows a bit too much of my Viking and Celtic ancestors' more colorful habits.

Anyway: That's a typical Oddly Enough blog post. Odd; informative after its own fashion; and, in the Lemming's opinion, funny. As I've said before, your experience may vary.

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Brigid said...

Capitalization: "Odd; Informative after its own"

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