Today’s question, quite fitting for the season, comes to us from Virginia of … uh, Virginia, who asks
Question: Is there a Santa Claus?
Answer: Gee, that’s a toughie. Without going into all the semantics of what you mean by Santa Claus, etc., let’s see if we can nail this.
All the red suited guys in malls and department stores? They’re there to get you out shopping, so you can fork over your money.
The Santa Clauses in movies? Sure, they want to sell tickets (or DVDs or downloads or whatever.)
The Santa in the Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Yup, you got it.
The ones on TV and in magazines? They’re trying to sell you Coca-Cola, so yup, money.
And the Santa of song and story? The one who knows if you’ve been bad or good? Well, that’s just creepy.
So yes, Virginia, there are lots of Santa Clauses. Better watch out!