There’s a story in today’s Guardian about a junior school being forced to apologise after one of its teachers revealed the awful truth – Father Christmas is mythological and letters to him are dealt with by the Royal Mail.
Dear Father Christmas,I’d like a Playstation 3 for Christmas.Thank you.Dear Revolting Child,Playstation 3 is currently out of stock. Please accept this Hello Kitty pencil case with a broken zip with our insincere apologies.Yours &c.Father Christmas (Ms.)
Are children these days so feeble-minded that when they finally find out that the man in the red suit doesn’t actually exist they’re traumatised by the discovery? I think Father Christmas added to the magic, but I can’t recall any time when I was not aware of his non-existence. However, Sally Jones, 32, said that she “[didn’t] think any harm had been done.” In fact, her view seems to be that Father Christmas is a convenient scapegoat for the non-delivery of certain items.
“I wanted a Playstation 3!”“Well, dear, Father Christmas was convicted of petty larceny that time.”