By Assunta Ng
Northwest Asian Weekly
Here are some unconventional thoughts for you to ponder over:
Why is Santa Claus not female?
Why should Santa Claus be a male?
This is a question that should have been posed a long time ago.
In Italy and Russia, legends were once spread throughout the countryside that Santa Claus was a woman.
One story starts with a woman looking for Jesus. She failed to find him and in her disappointment, she gave all her possessions to children.
I have seen a Black Santa Claus and an Asian one, but never a female one.
Are we simply too sexist?
A department store once tried using a female Santa. The store said that customers complained too much. Later, that female Santa was fired.
I think it’s just a matter of us getting used to Santa being female. If more stores and holiday functions would just experiment with the idea of a female Santa Claus, its level of acceptance would widen.
We’re all about diversity, aren’t we?
Do we have to eat turkey?
No, we don’t.
I have not baked or roasted a turkey in over 10 years.
The reason is simple.
It takes long hours to cook and prepare a turkey, and even then it doesn’t taste as good as chicken.
A 14-pound turkey needs four hours and 45 minutes in the oven. After the holidays, it takes my family another week to finish eating it. Though I hear that there may be folks out there that like leftover turkey.
For me? Thanks, but no thanks.
In my opinion, the best parts of the turkey are its giblets. Stew them in oyster sauce. Use the turkey bones for congee. Forget the meat.
Being born on Christmas is overrated
Jesus was not the only one born on Dec 25.
Somewhere I read somewhere that a person born on Christmas Day will forever be happy and without sorrows. It’s a blessing to be born on a holiday.
But I doubt that a person can forever be happy. Always happy? How can someone appreciate happiness without experiencing sadness?
If you happen to be pregnant and are due during the last two weeks of December, I wouldn’t worry about which day your child will be born.
Cards are not overrated
Some people have asked why we keep sending out Christmas cards year after year.
But I think there’s a good reason to honor this tradition.
Each year, I receive tons of cards in December from businesses and friends.
I take the time to read each and every one of them, including the ones with the generic printed greetings.
My favorites, though, are the ones from people I have not seen or heard from in a long time. It means a lot to me just to see their signature.
Plus, if you don’t want to send a gift, a card is the most economical way to wish someone a Merry Christmas. ♦
Assunta Ng can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.