Santa Claus is coming to town exclaims the popular song, which is also the title, of an animated holiday movie from the 1970’s. The narrator, a mailman voiced by Fred Astaire, attempts to reveal more about the origin of Santa Claus. The Santa Claus figure in the tale is charming and jovial, a welcomed change no doubt, from the more stern and judgmental figure that the parents of the youth who first viewed this performance remembered.
Along with the festive decorations that define our Holiday decor each year, we also like to revisit such tales retold every holiday season.
As a line of the song and tale claims, He, Santa’s checking his list, not once but twice. So it’s good to remember the importance of being on our best behavior. A reminder that we should always be kind, generous and forgiving will help assure that we end up on the pages of Santa’s good girls and boys list.
Authors over the centuries have enjoyed the challenge of rewriting tales from of old into stories with new perspectives and view points, or trying to explain what happened that lead up to the events of a popular tale.
I enjoy, as well, the opportunity to make creative Santa figurines that stretch the imagination a little further on how we view the holiday characters that are so much a part of the Christmas season.
This is my vision of a good girls and boys Santa figure who appears to be questioning whether the names on the list deserve to be there.