Unwittingly enveloped in the Santarchy


Last Saturday, my friends and I were heading for a subway station in Brooklyn and found ourselves behind a man and a woman both dressed in Santa Claus outfits. They were kind enough to wave us onto the train with a "hurry, hurry!", and we made it on board just as the subway doors closed.

And then we discovered that we were on a subway train filled with people dressed as Santa Claus, noisy but well-behaved. What parallel universe had we mistakenly stepped into? Was there some subway dress code announcement we had missed?

Nope. The announcement we missed was for the 2007 New York City SantaCon. (Here they are swarming Grand Central Terminal.)

Many cities are having their SantaCon tomorrow, including Seattle, so if you see roving bands of red-suited revelers, you'll at least know what's going on.

Comments (11)
  1. Karellen says:

    OK, that was a little weird. I read the "Santarchy" and imagined a system of government run by Santa(s).

    How much welfare you are entitled to is determined by how good you’ve been! Free mince pies for all! Cars are outlawed in favour of reindeer/horse/camel-drawn (as appropriate for your climate) vehicles!

  2. David Walker says:

    Don’t let any kids see those pictures!

  3. Jeff says:

    Damn! Now I can’t get the lyrics to "let it flow" out of my brain!!

  4. Ryan S says:

    Uh-oh. That site has some possibly NSFW pictures. Seriously. You need to label the links as such so  none of your readers accidentally get caught browsing a page featuring a photograph of some dude wearing nothing but a sock…

    [Sorry, I didn’t look at the entire slideshow, just enough to find a picture I liked. -Raymond]
  5. BlueSixty says:

    Lol. In Calgary there is "Santa Pub Crawl" every year. Imagine walking into a large dance club and it being full of extremely drunk Santas!

  6. Cooney says:

    photograph of some dude wearing nothing but a sock…

    It’s a black sock, isn’t it?

  7. Anon says:

    Malcolm McLaren, the guy that invented the Sex Pistols claims to have dressed up as Santa and walked around random stores at Christmas time taking toys off the shelves and handing them to kids. Sooner or later security would work out that he was not an official santa and try to arrest him and take the toys back from the kids, who then start to cry.

  8. Stewart says:

    Firstly, there shouldn’t by definition be a collective noun for a group of Santa Claus.

    Secondly, what is the plural of Santa Claus? Sant Cli?

  9. Miral says:

    My pick would either just be "Santa Clauses" or perhaps "Santa Claudi".  (Although knowing nothing of Latin, that’s probably the wrong usage.  But it sounds good to me.)

  10. Igor Levicki says:

    Use simply "Santa" and "Santas".

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