Me during the winter of 1969-1970.
Originally published on OpenSalon.com on December 5, 2013
.Here is another off-topic post for the Christmas season. Two years ago over on Open Salon, they had an open call soliciting folks to share their tales about how they discovered that Santa Claus was indeed a sham. I was too busy during that and the previous xmas season to tell my tale, and so, with my usual out-of-whack timing, here is my story for you now.
“If you think about it, Santa Claus is directly responsible for heroin addiction. Innocent children are brainwashed into believing the first big lie their parents ever tell them, and when the truth finally hits, they never believe them again.”
John Waters, “Why I Love Christmas” from Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters (1987).
It was 1969, and as one of December’s children, I was ending my adventure of life as a six-year-old and looking forward to seven and the seventies. Continue reading