Saturday, December 5, 2009
Santa Grateful for Job Security
There was no consensus on what Santa looked like, but Moore made him a jolly, jelly-bellied elf. Years later, political cartoonist Thomas Nast, who became famous for drawing caricatures of Boss Tweed and other New York robber barons, decided to draw the generous Santa Claus in the same tubby profile as the city fat-cats. The image stuck. The red-and-white uniform was one of several Santa used to wear, until a Coca-Cola ad in the 1930s popularized the one that bore the company colors.
Maybe next year, Nativity scenes could include Rudolf hanging with the sheep, and Joseph and Mary sharing a coke and a smile. And instead of lame gifts from the Wise Men, Santa could pop in with a diaper genie for Mary and a subscription to Playboy for Joseph. (After all, he's going to spend the rest of his life married to a virgin.)