It started during a parliamentary discussion about Russian attempts to militarize the Arctic. The Government says that it will resist the Russians at all costs; the Liberal Party, led by Justin Trudeau, says that sovereignty ought to be something for oceanographers to decide. Conservative MP and parliamentary secretary Paul Calandra argue,
"All of a sudden the Liberals are suggesting that Santa Claus is no longer Canadian and that they would abandon the North Pole and abandon Santa Claus."
To which Mr Trudeau replied in an interview, "Everyone knows that Santa Claus is Canadian … His postal code is H0H 0H0. The real issue is what do the cartographers say?" The New Democratic Party – Canada's Kraft-dinner eating surrender elks – said that Santa is a "citizen of the world". Yawn. I guess every country has its hippies.
The idea of expropriating Santa Claus and his origins is a fanciful, indulgent exercise in historical revisionism. Santa, a Canadian? Why not? If one is
thinking about the modern, contemporary Santa Claus which represents
the original St. Nicholas that inspired the heavy-set Yuletide character.
But, now, Santa Claus resides in the North Pole from which he makes his annual pilgrimage to the United States that coincides with his Christmas Eve arrival. With his moves tracked by NORAD (North American Air Defense Command)--a joint air-defense command owned by the United States and the Canadian Governments that tracks airflights to and from the entire North America—huge strategic, geographic symbolism of Santa Claus.
But, who's the real Santa Claus that, has, also, created much brouhaha at Fox News where Mergyn Kelly stirred the media news pot over Black Santa originalism with a flat denial of such historical (racial) existence against the backdrop of an article that ignited the debate.
Santa Claus was derived the original name of St. Nicholas: (Mar. 15, 270-Dec. 6,343 A.D.). He was the Bishop of Myra, Lycia; Turkey. His feast comes up Dec. 6 and 14. His legacy was that of leaving gifts for pilgrims--sometimes placing them in their shoes they left for him.
Thus, modern gift giving of Christmas presents which started in medieval Germany to England in Victorian times, incorporated Santa...