Santacon – oh my!

16 Dec

Two truths and a lie:

  • Santas freak me out just about as much as clowns do.
  • Over 1,000 Santas will take over Fremont this weekend.
  • I saw my dad kissing Santa Claus.

Photo courtesy of the Fremont Universe

Give up? Ok well, I don’t want to start any rumors about my dad so… that’s the lie. But the other two are true. One Santa is bad enough for me, but over a thousand of them? I’m going to have to get myself out of Fremont this weekend.

On Saturday December 18th at Noon,  hundreds of Santa clad Seattlites will meet at the Fremont Troll and eat and drink their way down through the streets of Fremont. You may recall last year, Seattle Santarchy when this breed of holiday cheer worked it’s way through the Capitol Hill neighborhood? Well once again, you could be caught in what is either a surreal experience watching a group of Santas invade bars and have a holly, jolly holiday– or an irritating experience watching a bunch of crazies make asses of themselves in holiday costumes. Either way, I guess it sounds like fun for some people.

Santacon takes place in cities across the country; along with other locations, Saturday brings events in Seattle, Boston, Montreal, Tokyo and Yakima.

The oddity of this event should not shock any Fremonster. In fact, I think this kind of stuff is in our blood – about every six months we either dress up or dress down (Summer Solstice) and parade around like a bunch of fools.

According to the Fremont Universe, the Santas must adhere to three rules that will (apparently?) be enforced:

  • Every Santa is referred to as Santa, in the first, second, and third person, singular and plural.
  • Have something ready to hand out, even if it’s just candy canes.
  • NEVER wash the suit.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting out!

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