Friday, November 26, 2021

The Great Christmas Crisis

"What are we going to do," Santa pleaded with his elves. I depend upon Stand-in Santas everywhere to listen to children to find out what they want for Christmas.

"But because of fears of the COVID, there is a shortage of these Stand-in Santas. There isn't enough of them to speak with all the children." No elf had an answer.

But Mrs. Claus did.

"During World War 2 in the 1940's, many industries couldn't get enough workers because so many of the men were off to war," said Mrs. Claus.

"So they recruited women, who collectively were called, "Rosie the Riveter."

"It turned out, in many cases, these women were far more capable and harder working than the men who had held these jobs."

"Are you saying Women Stand-in Santas!" asked Santa. "Yes," shouted Mrs. Claus. They will do a far better job than the typical Stand-in Santa and they have greater sensitivity to children.

She added, "Christmas is fast approaching. You better begin recruiting them now! Set-up a Stand-in Santa bootcamp immediately!"

"But will they be believable," asked Santa. "Stand-in Santas are chubby, white-bearded, old and Caucasian as I am."

"They don't have to be," replied Mrs. Claus. "Those are just stereotypes! They can be any color, shape or size. If you tell the world they are Stand-in Santas, they will be widely accepted." 

"This is your chance to give others an opportunity, and there's no downside."

"If you don't give them a chance, you won't have nearly enough Stand-in Santas, and you'll be in real trouble."

So Santa began recruiting women, and announced it to the world. The results were excellent! They soon did a far better job as Stand-in Santas and Santa got all the information he needed.

"Thank you," he told Mrs. Claus. "This will be a very merry Christmas!" "You're welcome," she replied with a big smile. 

"And next year we will relook your 'men only' policy for your reindeer and elves."

With Love To All - Dick

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