Santa ClausI heard about this for the first time a few weeks ago, but this week it seems to be making the rounds again on the radio and on tv (as a fluff piece).

US Surgeon General Rear Adm. Steven K. Galson, in regards to Santa’s portly stature, recently said, “It is really important that the people who kids look up to as role models are in good shape, eating well and getting exercise. It is absolutely critical.”

Santa Claus? Are you kidding?

Okay, besides all of the anti-politically correct tangents I could go off on here, since when is Santa Clause a role model?

I like to think I had a pretty normal childhood. I remember in first and second grade when the teacher would ask each of us what we wanted to be when we grew up.

Among the responses, lots of firemen, doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, astronauts, nurses, teachers, that sort of thing…

And you always had that one weird kid who said he wanted to be Optimus Prime, Voltron, Batman, or maybe even Papa Smurf or something.

Fine.

But I have never heard of someone wanting to be Santa Claus.

Kids know that job is taken. And kids don’t want to “be” like Santa Claus.

Gimme a break…

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