Someone has crunched one celery stick too many.
The “British Medical Journal” has reported the findings of Nathan J. Grills and Brendan Halyday indicate that since Santa has longed replaced the virgin Mary and baby Jesus as the most recognizable icon of Christmas, and it may not be a good thing.
Grills and Brendan contend that the jolly, rotund fictional character glorifies blubber, and more specifically, makes being overweight appealing to children.
The journal report concludes that plump old St. Nick is an antiquated figure and does not reflect the current health consciousness of the modern world. They draw a correlation between Ronald McDonald selling greasy hamburgers and French fries all year long to happy kids to Santa Claus being used in advertising to lure kids to forbidden treats.
God forbid that happens, even during Christmas!
Happy, jolly, fat – that’s Santa Claus. The report was published in 2009, but once again the doomsayers, who probably avoid the treadmill at all costs, are pointing to the research and calling for St. Nick to get a makeover.
We are a health conscious family, and the size of Santa Claus has never had anything to do with the girth of our kids, or ourselves. We can take the credit or blame for what we choose to eat and how we choose to exercise. Why drag Santa Claus into it.
I have two sinewy boys, strapping young men with not an ounce of fat on their body. Guess what? When they were young they sat on a jolly, plump Santa’s lap and it didn’t effect their eating habits at all. Just the same, Ronald McDonald never forced our car through the drive through at McDonald’s. If we chose to go, then we chose to go.
Leave a carrot or apple for Rudolph, but for goodness sake let’s keep the plump old fellow happy. Leave Santa Claus some cookies and milk. I say we preserve at least one American Christmas icon.
Need we rehash Santa’s weight once every twelve months. Please, find something else to research like how do reindeer really learn how to fly.