A child’s belief in Santa Clause is one of the most magical things about being around children at Christmas. Everyone works together to create an atmosphere of magic and love for children at Christmas, urging them to believe as long as they can in the jolly old elf.
The best memories of Christmas usually are back in the days when Santa and the magic he represented was real, Christmas is always special, but something was lost when he no longer seemed real.
For many children, the yearly visit to meet Santa, perhaps in a mall or store is one of the biggest and best moments of the season. Santa is Santa, children surely don’t care what color skin Santa has because generally, children don’t notice or care about race.
In the Mall of America in Minnesota, there was a bit of a controversy surrounding their choice in Santa. To play Santa, they hired Larry Jefferson Gamble to be Santa.
Larry has been playing Santa for decades, the retired U.S. Army veteran was excited to be the first African American Santa at the Mall of America.
But some people had a problem that Santa was going to be African American. Trolls took to the internet, making their racist issues and thoughts known but he didn’t let it ruin his run at the nations largest mall.
“Kids love Santa no matter what color you are,” he told The Huffington Post in 2016.
This incident did inspire Daniel Kibblesmith and A P. Quach to write a book about Santa…or rather about two Santa’s.
During the whole black/white Santa Debacle, a tweet was sent out
@JenAshleyWright have decided our future child will only know about Black Santa. If they see a white one we’ll say “That’s his husband”
This tweet is what inspired Kibblesmith to write a book that covers many issues that parents can find difficult to explain to children. Gay marriage and love, race, religions and even conflict. “Santa’s Husband” Tells the story of Santa and his husband. They are a married gay interracial couple who work together to make Christmas magical for children all over the world of different races and religions.
The explanation of why there are different Santa’s is that when things are busy and stressful, Mr. Clause steps in to help out and people simply mistake him as the real Santa.
This is a positive way to explain away a question a child might ask without labeling one type of Santa wrong over another. It creates a sense of acceptance and equal representation for any and all Santa’s and his believers.
The book has found a lot of success and publicity, but as expected not all of it has been positive. The same people who had struggled with the idea of a black Santa struggled with the idea of a Gay Santa. There was some worry that it would be inappropriate for children, so I went out and bought the book myself to see.
The book is short and sweet, full of sweet and colorful illustrations. The story itself is appropriate for anyone of any age. The most adult theme in the book? A discussion of labor unions with the elves who I might add, have better dental coverage than I do. The story is about love, acceptance, understanding and of course Christmas in all its forms, shapes and colors.
Only a real Grinch could hate something so sweet, so maybe the internet’s heart needs to grow two sizes before next year.