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U.S. Postal Service Tells Carrier to Stop Dressing Like Santa

Discussion in 'The OT' started by fluffybear, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Don't forget also that the Santa we Americans know and love is also a creation of Coca Cola in the 1930s. They took various forms of Santa in use and created the image that has essentially remain unchanged in the US since then.

    Personally I don't associate Santa with the religious side of Christmas at all, much as I don't associate the Easter Bunny with the religious side of Easter. The "characters" are idealizations of spirits of generosity that were adopted en masse, but are not religious.
  2. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    You mean like the Santa in Texas that shot his whole family?

    Weird to see which threads get the most replies. I figured this one would have died after a dozen posts.
  3. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    I think it got started earlier, with Thomas Nast.

    This is from Harpers Weekly in 1881.
  4. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    I recall that from the Bio channel special on Santa Claus a few years ago, but I think up until the 1930's the image of Santa was not "locked" the way it became after the Coca Cola marketing blitz.

    Of course Coca Cola has a page on this and takes credit for shaping the Santa we recognize today!

  5. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Hmmm....where did all the union bashers go from other threads? Change of heart for the festive season?
  6. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    You don't have to be part of a union to have a dress code. Unions are as outdated as scurvy, but dress codes are often appropriate.
  7. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    Exactly... Many private schools have dress codes, and I don't think the students are unionized. :)
  8. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    He has been quite secularized, but his history of having religious origins cannot be erased.
  9. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    I read RobertE's post differently: apparently in other threads there's a lot of disparagement of unions, but in this thread, where the santa-issue was resolved ONLY after a union stepped in to support the mail carrier, no one had anything bad to say about unions! (Paraphrasing: Suddenly when the union supports your cause, it's OK to have unions?) At least that's how I read it...
  10. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Winner. ;)
  11. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    As long as the union does no harm I don't have a problem with them ... there are plenty of examples of doing harm for other threads. This time, they did something right (except in the eyes of the co-worker who complained about the uniform violation).

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