tirsdag, februar 14, 2006
The true home of Santa Claus
In honor of Valentine's Day, a post about Christmas....
Real conversation, from our house, after my trip to Finland. For the geographically challenged among you, Lapland is way in the North of Finland, known to the world for extreme cold, and to the Finns as a ski holiday destination. For the chronologically challenged, Danes celebrate Christmas and exchange presents on the 24th, not the 25th.
Kimananda: Thor, I'm afraid I've learned something recently that will upset you. I've been told that Santa Claus really lives in Lapland.
Thor: Now, that...that is just evil...Finnish...propaganda. Everyone knows that Santa Claus lives in...
Kimananda, interrupting: ...yes, I know...he really lives in the North Pole.
Thor, pointing out of the room: Infidel! Out! Everyone knows he lives in Greenland.
Kimananda: So, if he lives in Greenland, then why is it that all American children send letters to Santa at the North Pole, and we get our presents that we've asked for.
Thor: No, that's just a c/o address. Santa knows that North America is a bit weird that way, so he lets you have your little false beliefs. Why else do you think you get your presents a day late there?
So, who's right? The Finns, the Americans, the Danes? To add to the confusion, I've been told that the Norwegians are convinced that he lives in Norway, and that the Swedes know that he lives in the North of Sweden. Does anyone else think anything else? For me, I'm leaning towards the Greenland option as part of my integration process.