It’s that time of the year again when a greeting like "Happy Holidays" can send someone into a frenzy for supposedly waging a "War on Christmas" by right-wing conspiracy theorists, who take offense to the culturally inclusive expression. Putting a stop to this perceived attack on the holiday was on Donald Trump’s list of campaign promises.
"You go to stores, you don’t see the word Christmas. It says 'happy holidays' all over. I say, 'Where’s Christmas?' I tell my wife, 'Don’t go to those stores ... I want to see Christmas."
This year, Trump has done away with the "Season's Greeting" wishes favored by the Obamas for the White House Christmas cards and replaced it with, "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year." Who knew the holidays was such a volatile season?
Let’s not forget Fox News’s former host Megyn Kelly going apeshit over the thought that Santa Claus, yes, that fictional character, could be – wait for it – black. "And, by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white."
For The Late Show with Stephen Colbert staff writer Daniel Kibblesmith the outrage that ensued last year following the Mall of America in Minneapolis featuring their first-ever black Santa, inspired Kibblesmith to tweet out a declaration.
Me & @JenAshleyWright have decided our future child will only know about Black Santa. If they see a white one we'll say "That's his husband"— Daniel Kibblesmith(@kibblesmith) December 3, 2016
The Tweet went viral and a children’s book was born that will no doubt get Kelly and company’s panties in a bunch this Christmas.
Santa's Husband is the story of Santa, who happens to be black and married to a jolly white dude. The book takes readers into the lives of Mr. and Mr. Claus from getting ready for Christmas to playing games to vacationing and having disagreements. Kibblesmith tells the Chicago Tribune his book, sweetly illustrated by AP Quach, celebrates diverse holiday traditions.
"If the book is about anything, it’s about there being room for everybody’s Christmas traditions to be equally valid. And arguing against people who sort of want to keep it for themselves and become outraged when its purity is questioned. More than anything, it’s a Christmas book.
It’s really about your own family being unique, and special and having its own unique and special Christmastime."
While the obvious twists on this iconic story may be what first draws people’s attention to Santa’s Husband, instead of focusing on pissing off right-wing Christians, the author goes deeper and turns what could have simply been a sensational holiday-themed book into a valuable tale of inclusivity and love that transcends all ages.
The overriding theme in this children's book is that there is lots of joy in being different. And isn't love, peace, happiness synonymous with the holidays, no matter how one chooses to celebrate?
Sadly those most in need of a refresher course on the true meaning of the holidays will miss out on this timeless story... You can buy the book here.