Santa Claus is Coming to Town

This week’s Dustinland comic is about the disturbing lyrics behind “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” That song is messed up, man. It’s basically a creepy threat to your kids, saying “Hey, you better be good, because this fat guy is watching you 24-7 like you’re some Guantanamo detainee, and if you’re not good, you’re not gonna get any presents for Christmas, even though society hypnotizes you into believing it’s the one thing in life you should look forward to all year.”

I don’t want to be all War on Christmas fuddy duddy over this, but man, this song is dark. My kid seems to like it though, and he requests me to sing it to him, so who knows — maybe he’s accepting of today’s increasingly Big Brother like no-privacy state. Or maybe he’s two and it’s a catchy song.

Happy holidays!

One response to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town

  1. Well, if you’re going to go that route, what about sexual assault and the Annunciation? After all,God didn’t ask Mary whether she wanted Him to impregnate her. He just did it. Sounds like rape to me.

    (There’s an article on Salon this morning that makes precisely that argument. Seriously.)

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