Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Brave New Christmas (John William Davis)

From the most amazing Chris Chandler...

T.H.E. .M.U.S.E.
A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D
Vol IX issue iii
December 1, 2007
Atlanta, GA

In DC a few days ago George Bush met with Al Gore. I think it was George's way of fighting global warming. After the 2000 election, I always figured hell would freeze over before that happened. But no. Hell is not freezing over. I know. I have been watching the History Channel's new series called Ice Road Truckers. Many wondered why the show was picked up by The History Channel but if you think about it, with the melting polar ice caps the whole concept is soon to be well. . . History. In fact they are already in production for next year's season to be called The North Pole Midshipmen.

Henry Hudson and Stan Rogers would be proud. We have found the North West Passage. The big disappointment though is Santa has been forced to relocate his shop. It was a move that did not surprise many toy manufactures. It had been projected for years.

It seems the global warming problem coupled with the rising cost of reindeer feed and new demands made by the Elves have caused the economic viability of The North Pole facilities to become obsolete. Rising demand by American children insisting higher and higher quantities of T.M.X. Elmo eXtra Special Edition, Pleno the Dinosaur, and Fisher Price Lil Super Star Sing Along Karaoke Machine had sent the Elves into triple overtime. Santa simply had to find someone of a similar height to keep up with demand.

The Choice was obvious: Chinese Children. It seems the sweat shops in China are well equipped to keep up with demand and Chinese Children will work for less than those pudgy cookie eating elves.

So this year the sleigh has been replaced with a rickshaw pulled by a team of Chinese flying water buffalo. Donder, Blitzen and the gang have found work in this season's long awaited sequel "Crouching Tiger, Flying Reindeer."

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!" Has now been replaced with "On Kung Pao, and Lo mein! Moo shu! And Wanton!" Of course we can't forget "General Tso the Red nosed Gnu."

Hardest hit by all of this are the Elves that are now seeing 80 percent unemployment - especially after an embarrassing incident in a celebrity dance competition. Besides Santa, the only regular hirer of Elves is the Keebler company and come-on, how many Pecan Sandies and Danish Wedding Cookies can ya stand?

Travelocity considered a few commercial spots with the "Roaming Gnome" but the "Itinerant Elves" just didn't have the same ring. Good fortune (if you want to call it that) has only come to a few of Santa's rebel Elves who had been living on the wrong side of the Pole. Sources say over a dozen were paid well by Howard Stern for appearing in an episode on his TV show exploring the subtleties of Midget Porn.

Frosty the Snowman seems to have survived for now and is living in the walk in freezer at a This Can't Be Yogurt just outside Dubuque, IA. There was a brief fear he was going to change his name to Aquafina the Water boy. But Lydia James, a 37 year old Barista - still living with her parents, stepped up and put her job on the line saying she could not stand the thought of his lump of coal eyeballs sinking to the bottom of a water cooler somewhere with his carrot nose and corn cob pipe floating on top.

Perhaps the biggest concern will be for Mrs. Claus who now finds herself at the age of one hundred and eight forced to sew Barbie sized jackets for the ever popular "Singing Hannah Montana Doll." But what is she complaining about? The current rate for sewing one of those jackets is 1 cent per dozen. (really)

But lets not talk about the losers. The winners are of course the children. And that is what Christmas is all about. With Santa's exodus from the North Pole he no longer needs to worry about restrictions he once endured. Toys will be brighter and more beautiful than ever this Christmas season with new higher tech lead paints once restricted in the North Pole facilities.

How else can Santa keep those Wal-Mart shelve stocked with X-Box, Furreal Friend's Remote control Ponies, and for the teenage Girl the Text Msg electronic Diary.

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Santa and his elves just could not compete. They have those kids working 19 hours a day. They can sleep on the floor next to their assembly line post. Elves wouldn't stand for that. (Although there have been vicious rumors circulating about the Keebler Company's work schedule)

Those kids can work for a cup of rice a week. Every Elf needs the occasional Nutter Butter. Those Chinese kids don't need no stinkin' Nutter Butter. Those shelves have to be stocked. Have to. It's Christmas. And if we have to whip the kids in China to make sure American kids have a good Christmas than By-God we will. Those Chinks aren't Christian and for that matter neither are the Elves. They are Pagan. They'll burn in hell anyway. So what difference does it make?! It's Christmas! What would Wal-Mart be with out well stocked shelves? There would be no Christmas!

And besides this is not Santa's first move. His exile into isolation at the North Pole came when he was forced (again by the Americans) to move from his native Russia during the McCarthy era. This won't even be Santa's first time living in a communist country. Despite Washington Irving and The Saturday Evening Post's best efforts, he in fact remained in Russia well past the Boshvic Revolution and even through his courtship with Coca Cola in the 1930's. Yes, that benevolent bearded pipe smoking man you see wistfully depicted in Coke Ads from the 30s was in fact a Commie.

There is a radical splinter group of Santa die hard do gooders (mostly housed in the left wing of the Catholic Church) who maintain Santa's Move, -- what with his big heart and stalwart reputation -- believe his secret agenda is to transform the sweatshop environment.

However, the larger bodies with in most churches have joined the crusade this Christmas. It seems that those Chinese children have a monopoly on the manufacture of Crucifixes and other religious items including the New Testament itself. (really)

First it was all the American Flags, now the bible?

Some Protestant churches have joined in (at least in spirit) and are replacing actors in their Christmas Living Manger pageants with workers from Guatemala found hanging outside the home Depot. Yes, this year the three wise men are actually named Rafael, Ricco and Carlos. The good news is. . . the baby Jesus? His name really is Jesus. . . (Hey Zeus) . . . the two year old son of Mary and Juan of Corpus Christi, Texas.

As for the Crucifixes, even ones clearly marked "made in Italy" (leaving one to presume by tranquil monks) were in fact made in China in Sweatshops under deplorable conditions. (really)

So the next time you see a lawn lit with a plastic baby Jesus just ask, "Where was Jesus Made?"

SONG: Brave New Christmas by John William Davis (lyrics not available but review can be found here)...

BOOK: Christmas at The New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, and Art by New Yorker (Author), John Updike (Foreword)

POEM: A Politically Correct Christmas Story by Amberlee Spurling

'Twas the night before Christmas and Santa's a wreck...
How to live in a world that's politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to 'Elves'.
'Vertically Challenged' they were calling themselves.
And labour conditions at the North Pole
were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.

Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.
And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!

The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.
And people had started to call for the cops
When they heard sled noises on their rooftops.
Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened.
His fur trimmed red suit was called 'Unenlightened.'

And to show you the strangeness of life's ebbs and flows,
Rudolf was suing over unauthorised use of his nose
And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the nation,
Demanding millions in over-due compensation.
So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife,
Who suddenly said she'd enough of this life,

Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz,
Demanding from now on her title was Ms.
And as for the gifts, why, he'd never had a notion
That making a choice could cause so much commotion.
Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,
Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.

Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
Nothing to aim, Nothing to shoot.
Nothing that clamoured or made lots of noise.
Nothing for just girls, or just for the boys.
Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.
Nothing that's warlike or non-pacifistic.

No candy or sweets...they were bad for the tooth.
Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.
And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden.
For they raised the hackles of those psychological
Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.

No baseball, no football...someone could get hurt;
Besides, playing sports exposed kids to dirt.
Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passe;
And Nintendo would rot your entire brain away.
So Santa just stood there, dishevelled, perplexed;
He just could not figure out what to do next.

He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
But you've got to be careful with that word today.
His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
Nothing fully acceptable was to be found.
Something special was needed, a gift that he might
Give to all without angering the left or the right.

A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision,
Each group of people, every religion;
Every ethnicity, every hue,
Everyone, everywhere...even you.
So here is that gift, it's price beyond worth...
May you and your loved ones, enjoy peace on Earth.

QUOTE: "I was raised the old-fashioned way, with a stern set of moral principles: Never lie, cheat, steal or knowingly spread a venereal disease. Never speed up to hit a pedestrian or, or course, stop to kick a pedestrian who has already been hit. From which it followed, of course, that one would never ever -- on pain of deletion from dozens of Christmas card lists across the country -- vote Republican." ~ Barbara Ehrenreich

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