About the Black Santa Claus…

My mother was the mother who kept a brown crayon in the middle drawer (pronounced DRAW). You know which drawer I am talking about, the one with the ribbon, the 9 volt batteries, the masking tape, the scotch tape, and a ketchup packet or two. This brown crayon [that was worn down almost to the point where you’d end up scratching the paper as much as coloring it] was used for greeting cards. See, when I was a child there were no Mahogany cards or Ebony/Jet cards with Brown faces on the front. So we colored them in. My mother’s insistance upon this was so unwavering that when I was cast as Professor Harold Hill in Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” she bought a fabric pen to fill in the face on the poster. She said, “The Music Man is brown this year, the posters should reflect it.”

With that kind of cultural awareness as the backdrop, it shouldn’t be hard to imagine that come Christmas time, my mother, a 2.0 herself, unloads bins and bins full of Christmas Santa Clauses that have been filled in with crayons and fabric pens. I joked on Facebook and Twitter recently that my mother’s Black Santa Claus collection could beat yours, but I was actually serious. I mean, not only can Ruby’s collection beat your mother’s sorry little porcelain Black Santa in the bathroom, but she could probably take on the collection of all of the mothers in your church or your Jack n Jill. Chhhhaaaaaaallllllluuuuuunnnnnnggggggeeeeeee!

Pictured are some quick iPhone photos of just some of the Black Santa Clauses that my mother has. If you want to see the full collection, just drop by the house. She’ll have them up until Valentine’s Day. Dead Serious.

Happy Kwanzaa,
George 2.0


2 Responses to “About the Black Santa Claus…”

  1. 1 rebeKah
    December 28, 2010 at 11:43 am

    i officially love your mother.

  2. December 29, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    That’s cool, man. Definitely something to be said about seeing people like ourselves in positions of power…and Santa is certainly pretty powerful

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