Sunday, December 21, 2008

Santas, Santas everywhere


Last weekend, my daughter and I were sitting in the back seat of a cab when what before our wondrous eye should appear but hundreds of Santas parading down the Third Avenue. Girl Santas. Boy Santas. Even a Hanukkah Santa. We both laughed while I crossed my fingers that she wouldn't witness a Puking Santa, since the majority of them were streaming out of local pubs.
I guess I didn't realize that this was A Thing, until I saw pictures in the Styles section of the NYTimes this morning. I'm a bit too old and grouchy (grinchy?) to participate. Maybe 10 years ago.
Anyway, apparently there were 5,000 Santas this year, donning red suits and walking around Manhattan for no reason whatsoever. I'd say "only in New York," but I guess they share the joy in other cities as well. Maybe "only in New York" would I see hundreds of Santas, think WTF?, chuckle, and then forget all about it.

9 comments:

Joanne said...

Reminds me of the Santa scene in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, with tons of Santas on stage. Have you seen it?

ChristaCarol said...

lol wow. What a sight. I'd have some explaining to do to my 3 year old. "Um, they're all wannabe's, hun. Not the real guy, of course."

Angie Ledbetter said...

Oh, a Santa pub crawl. I'd love to do that once in my lifetime! (Hey, Christa friend, tell your kidlet those are Santa helpers in training.) :)

WendyCinNYC said...

Joanne--I saw that! I think these Santas were a little more drunken.

ChristaCarol--Just tell him Santa's been cloned.

Angie--I totally would have been up for it in my younger days. I wouldn't have the patience for it now. The St. Patrick's Day parade goes right by my apartment, and I watch from afar. Pre-kids, I would have been right in the middle of it.

Rafael said...

Holly molly! That is a whole mess of drunken Santas!

:-)

fellow-ette said...

Ahh, I've always want to bump into those guys. What a NY moment.

colbymarshall said...

HAHA, only in NY! :-)

spyscribbler said...

Wow! Now there's a reason I knew I've always wanted to go to NYC! I would have loved to see a Hannukah Santa! That's fascinating!

Melanie Avila said...

How fun! There's a 12 Bars of Christmas pub crawl in Chicago that I used to go on. But we only had Santa hats!