Re: Culturally Sensitive Xmas -Reply
Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Thu, 9 Nov 1995 20:56:55 -0500
In your message of 9 Nov 1995 at 1440 EST, you write:
> Being a member of the tribe, I see Santa as an immensely overweight
> character who works only one day a year, while his employees (the
> elves) slave away at making toys, keeping his home cozy on the North
> Pole, and tending to his reindeer.
> This is a great role model for our youth to aspire to!
Isnt this the American Dream? Besides, look at the longevity and no
apparent ill health due to the lifestyle! Seems like great work if
you can get it! Anyway, if you look at the trends in Industry today
the elves seem to be fortunate that they have been able to keep the
same job for so many years. I guess that Santa didnt sign on to NAFTA
or else all the jobs would have moved south and they elves would be on
welfare! Have you ever checked out what its like at the North Pole?
Its remarkable that this industry is able to not only survive but
thrive in such a hostile environment. How does he keep the deer warm?
Considering the long nights and that there seems only to be male
elves, what else are you going to do up there but keep yourself very
busy at work. Maybe what we are seeing is an archtypical polar
scoutmaster and his troop of self directed scoutelves.
Steve in Newark
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City