Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Time to Write to Santa

I've been seeing these commercials {from last year} telling kids they can write to Santa Claus, as well as Père Noël {can't find the francophone ad online though}::

Apparently volunteers at Canada Post write back to all of the letters sent in.  I'm assuming just to Canada.  In case you just need the address, it's::

North Pole HOH OHO

I've always thought Santa Claus was a bit of an odd name, but I think I came by it honestly growing up in California, where Santa (saint in Spanish) is a common place name.  It doesn't end there.  Since I grew up and went to school in California, in the 4th. grade we studied extensively the Franciscan mission system, founded by Father Junípero Serra along what is called El Camino Réal/The Royal Road.  For some reason, the whole mission thing {along with a bunch of California history and politics} always stuck with me.  As an aside, the locations of the missions were in cities/towns named after saints, i.e., San/Santa.  At any rate, every so often I like to mess with people unfamiliar with the missions by saying there's a lost and forgotten one, Mission Santa Claús.  The anachronistic yarn goes something like this::
"A group of German expatriates in México, the same ones who were the brewmasters that brought German beer making techniques and equipment, found themselves in Alta California.  It was the holidays, so they asked Father Serra if they could set up a mission in honour of Weihnachtsmann.  Merging cultural traditions and beliefs, this rogue mission was dubbed Misíon Santa Claús.  The exact location was lost in an el niño storm years ago and most likely paved over with increasing urbanization of California."

Twitterversion:: Canada Post ads tell kids how they can write to Santa Claus or Père Noël.  Rekindled memories of Misíon Santa Claús.  @Prof_K

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