The Race to Become Most Unpleasant European Nation in which to Celebrate Christmas 2006
No nation so far has done as well in the relentless, grass roots pursuit of general displeasure this Christmas as the UK. Many of the other nations outshine the UK in more macro political gestures that call upon national shame, irritation or sadness but the UK has stuck to its guns on the grass roots level of needless bureaucracy and the abolition of sensual pleasure.
Take this latest development in the race to become the most Unpleasant European Nation in which to celebrate Christmas 2006. A vicar in London has decided to ban the image of Santa Claus from his Church, opting instead for a purely manger-focused Christmas display during the holiday season. The vicar claims:
"I do not believe that Father Christmas should be part of church services any more than Santa's grotto should have a manger and a baby Jesus present."
Except that no one representing Santa Claus has ever made a statement against the manger so really this is just an example of exclusion by the Church. Exclusion by the Church is, again, not a new thing but really using it needlessly on this level that more or less effects only children is a very strong move on behalf of the English.
Actually, when you think about it, no one represents Santa Claus at all; he has no lawyers, no manager, no agent. Santa Claus would do well to think about who is out there pounding the pavement for him if he wants to stay in the game. Especially at a time when European Nations are practically at war with one another to destroy Christmas happiness - however it may manifest itself.
Which nation will win the apparently coveted title of "Most Unpleasant European Nation in which to Celebrate Christmas 2006"?
With England proving it has what it takes to go slow but steady on a grass root level it seems the competition is more compelling than ever before but England is well and truly taking the lead.