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Tue, Dec. 25th, 2007, 12:56 pm
A Stocking Full Of Coal

Although, Christmas is packaged in Christianity and wrapped in consumerism it owes just as much to the pagan celebration of winter solstice as to the birth of Jesus. For every Santa you see on a street corner or in the shopping mall there exists an Anti-Santa in equal number, his name is Krampus and he gives bad children that misbehave a bundle of bound twigs for Christmas. Yesterday, I made reference to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. These are both Christmas classics and yet, so is Harlan Ellison's Santa Claus vs. S.P.I.D.E.R., as is the comic book story All I Want For Christmas Is The Head Of Idi Amin written by Del Close and John Ostrander with artwork by Don Simpson. I've a little holiday "classic" of my own entitled Christmas Comes To Cosmopolis. In my story the main character is a homeless man known only as The Saint of Nicholas Park. Each day he pushes around a shopping cart collecting discarded broken toys from trash cans with a couple of stray dogs named Rudy and Adolph at his heels. On the coldest night of the year The Saint gives these toys away to all the street kids in the neighborhood before dying from exposure in an empty refrigerator box later that evening. Maybe by next year it will be an animated Christmas special on television. Anyway, Happy Holidays my friends and be good for heaven's sake.