Thursday, 24 November 2011

Dear Santa......


Dear Santa,

Are you the good guy we think you are?

 Sure, Christmas is great and all that - but are you really the benevolent character we all take you for? You certainly have some incredible housebreaking skills and all this do-goodery is a great cover story for some good old-fashioned burglary or a multitude of other nefarious activities. Your P.R. skills are also certainly up there with the best considering we spend so much time and effort these days telling our children to avoid strangers except in safe environments like school. Heck we’ve even turned our schools into virtual mini-prisons to keep out unsafe adults – an example of creating anxiety in our kids where there is almost no risk - yet we happily tell them that you will come into their bedrooms at night and leave them presents – if they’ve been good. We even tell them not to be afraid if they wake up hearing someone in their room and that they should just pretend to be asleep and not to look at you { that’ll work very heavily in your favour in any potential ID parade you clever old rascal }


And that disguise? Genius! You’ve made a disguise out of the most identifiable and high visibility clothing you could possibly wear, making sure that even CCTV Camera’s won’t be able to pick out any identifying personal features. With all that bulky clothing you could be anything from the most obese burglar in history to a complete anorexic with access to industrial quantities of padding. You’re supposed to be old but you might not be – you certainly aren’t as old as the stories suggest. What an incredible feat! Way to go sunshine!


 
There are some weak points in your strategy though, which I’m sure you must be aware of; all those mince pies and sherry have to slow you down a bit { and make me veer towards ‘the most obese burglar in history’ theory } and the getaway vehicle not only isn’t the fastest option you could have come up with but is also stand out conspicuous in all but the most rural areas. Despite this, probably due to the laxity of our police and the ineptitude of air traffic control staff over the holiday period, you’ve managed consistently to evade detection. Yes we have all seen the photos of Santa being given a parking ticket or the videos on ‘Youtube’ but these aren’t you are they? This is yet another genius stroke in the master-plan. You’ve generated – spawned even – a whole slew of impersonators with which to confuse and convince society that it’s all a fantasy. Absolute bloomin’ genius mate. Well done indeed.

Yes, you’ve created a cover story perfect for the most gullible or sentimental elements of our society, built it up over a significant period of time { clearly a master of planning and organising } and woven it around the most fantastical garb that hides you in plain sight. Your transport appears ridiculous but evades the most elaborate detection systems modern technology can produce. You telegraph the time of your crime yet create a perfect alibi by ensuring multitudes of lookalikes may be culpable – some of them who don’t even get dressed up because they’re in their own homes – and at the appointed hour you do your stuff and apparently disasppear like you’ve just gone up the chimney.








Or is the there an even more elusive side to the story? Are you simply an extra savvy entrepreneur who's moved to the Arctic Circle because of tax breaks, lower environmental standards and an abundance of cheap elf labour?



Whatever the truth I'm still waiting for the flamethrower I've been asking for for the last three years. This year Santa, please – get your act in order. There are so many places I'm planning to visit with my new toy.



See you later.



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15 comments:

Nicky said...

LOL! We can always rely on you, Alistair, for something fun and novel! Hope you get that flamethrower this year!

Alistair said...

Jings a Michty - That was quick Nicky!

Happy to put a smile on a face anytime...

Rebecca S. said...

Fun post! But I'm afraid it will be another disappointing year in the gift department for you, my friend. I'm pretty sure the elves don't make flame throwers.
As an adult, I like the very human, Raymond Briggs version of Father Christmas, btw.

Alistair said...

Ah - but I'm crafty you see because I asked for a rocket propelled grenade launcher as back up.....

Found 'The Shepherd' on youtube and really enjoyed it again after many years since I'd read it. Thanks for that Rebecca.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Are ye mad wi' it? Keep the heid!

Alistair said...

Nae chance!


Cos ahm a Daftie!

Twisted Scottish Bastard said...

Very droll Alistair, but also very dangerous.
What do you think your chances are of recieving your requested present after having revealed Santa's secrets to the world.

You'll be lucky not to get a lump of coal in your sock.

Alistair said...

I have a back-up plan just in case of that very scenario.....

Kat_RN said...

I understand this one, on many levels.
Good luck on the flamethrower,
Kat

Twisted Scottish Bastard said...

You have a plan?
That's not like you.
Did you nick it from Baldrick?

Actually thinking over your post and my comment I was wrong.
When I said "You'll be lucky not to get a lump of coal in your sack."
it should have been
"You'll be lucky not to get a lump of coal in your sock, delivered at 400 kph from 20,000 metres"

Alistair said...

Kat - I'm hopefull of success - but still have plan B to fall back on.....

TSB -Aye I ken planning's a somewhat fluid concept for me - but nuthing ventured.......

And I'll be keeping a wary eye out for that possibility - and walking close by my beloveds well-insured side!

Anonymous said...

You've nae chance of getting either of those from me- let alone Santa!!!

carla said...

hello :-) I clicked on your blog after aimlessly wandering 'blog land' in search of anything to occupy my time between cooking lunch and snoozing on the sofa. Well you certainly captured my attention and I would like to say thank you very much! I have my own blog where I am wallowing in self pity after my cat died recently and didnt realise how much I needed to have a giggle. This was brilliantly written and highly amusing. Thank you again for making me smile.
carla

Alistair said...

Sweetheart anon - I still hold out some hope for Santa being real!

Carla - thanks for dropping in and leaving anice comment like that. Under the circumstances I'm glad to have made you smile, even if only for a wee while. Being a cat person, I get it completely. It's surprising how such a small animal can leave such a big hole.

Take care,
Al.

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