Saturday, 24 December 2016
WHAT? Santa's an introvert?
Do you celebrate Christmas?
Were you one of those people who would go to bed early on Christmas Eve because "Father Christmas doesn't come to houses where the children are still awake?" (FYI: Father Christmas is what people from the United Kingdom and it's former colonies call Santa Claus.)
Did you use to leave a bottle of beer and a Christmas mince meat pie out for Father Christmas?
Did you have a stocking at the end of your bed for the presents? (I had a pillow case.)
Did you worry that because your house didn't have a chimney that Father Christmas wouldn't be able to get inside to drink your beer, eat your Christmas mince meat pies and more importantly leave you the presents that you wrote to him for?
Oh yes! All the memories. You've got to love Christmas.
Today I want to talk about Father Christmas (Santa Claus). If Susan Cain is the face of introversion in 2016, then Father Christmas (Santa Claus) has to be the patron saint of introversion.
"WHAT!?!?!? I hear you cry. Santa isn't an introvert." Well I beg to differ. Lets look at the evidence.
1. He lives at the North Pole
If the first reason doesn't convince you, I don't know what will. The North Pole! The last time I checked, there are not many people living in that part of the world, so Santa can go and relax and get away from it all for most of the year. He can recharge with Mrs. Claus and prepare for the end of the year.
2. He arrives in the night when everyone is asleep
No human contact for old Santa. He needs to do his job in the quiet of night so as not to be disturbed. That's how he likes it.
3. He hides behind a beard
Yes, he doesn't want you to know his real face. He likes the anonymity that the beard allows him. Apparently he only grows it during towards the end of the year while the rest of the year one of the most famous faces in the world can walk around anywhere without being disturbed.
4. His best friends are animals
They say that man's best friend is a dog. In Santa's case, his best friends are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and of course everyone's favourite one Rudolph.
5. He prefers snail mail
Yep no chatting and inane small talk for our Santa. He likes everything old fashioned. He has special post boxes set up around cities, towns and villages around the world so you can put in your request for presents. What a great system.
There you go. If you are not convinced that Santa Claus is an introvert I hope you are now.
If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a great time with your friends and loved ones and I hope the new year is everything you want it to be.