So, me and my 1,500 other friends went out in Oxford today dressed as Santa, or, as they sometimes call him here, Father Christmas.
We gorged ourselves on mince pies and then went on a two-mile walk, where we wound up with a pack of teachers singing Christmas Carols. In the process we raised a couple thousand dollars for the Helen & Douglas House, which just so happens to provide hospice care to kids and young adults.
Why everyone isn’t doing this is beyond me.
I’m sure the logistics of locating and distributing enough Santa suits to fill a college dining hall must be a bit daunting. And yeah, they have to close off streets in a medieval city centre for about an hour and a half, which may annoy shoppers. Oh, and you have to get up early.
But, seriously, WHY ISN’T EVERYONE DOING THIS?
First, you have permission, all day if you want, to wear a Santa suit around town. Total permission. People may stop you and ask why, which is cool. Some people may look at you a bit funny. But the bit of joy you get in watching people do double takes, to hear kids screaming, “It’s Santas, Mummy! Santas everywhere!” is pretty freaking cool.
Second, provided you are awesome enough, you can do this as a walk in a pack and sing Christmas carols. In our case, we wound up with a group of teachers who knew snippets of carols, but the entire words to Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody.
This is the point in the blog post in which I have to pause and explain to American’s the impact of this song.
There are a few songs that you learn when you come to the UK for Christmas. Some are a bit disturbing, like Wizzard’s “I wish it could be Christmas everyday”:
Or, The Darkness, which… um… well… just watch it:
But then, there is Slade. Which, in all truth and fairness, should’ve have made it to the US and into the Christmas charts to be played forevermore like WHAM! But, alas, it did not. Instead, you have this awesome hair and a bunch of twigs in 80s outfits shaking their thangs to the what is the most famous holiday song in the UK (right after Killing in the Name of, but that’s another post):
Our particular group kept looping the song when words to Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer ran out. It was so impressive, Jack FM came up to record it to place it somewhere on the radio during this festive time.
Third, and finally, WHY ISN’T EVERYONE DOING THIS RUN?
When you can get away with wearing a Santa suit, singing Christmas carols, and raising thousands of dollars for charity there should be a lottery for this. People lining up and begging for spots. Sure, it’s short at 2 miles and hardly anyone ends up walking because they are laughing to hard but still.
It is the COOLEST RUN EVER.