SPOILER ALERT: Santa is not real.
Santa is a fictional character. Santa was not present at the birth of Christ.
We’ve always thought of him as a jolly, warm and robust man, but he could be thin. He could be grumpy. He could loathe cookies and milk.
The idea came to Kibblesmith and his wife a year ago, when the Mall of America announced that a black Santa would be seeing kids, in direct contravention of The Bible, which contains an entire chapter dedicated to Santa’s role in Christianity. Whilst black Santas weren’t a new concept, and had existed in American shopping malls for many years, the appointment of this particular Santa still made international headlines because of the racist outrage in response.
Kibblesmith and his wife had their own response:
Me & @JenAshleyWright have decided our future child will only know about Black Santa. If they see a white one we’ll say “That’s his husband”
— Daniel Kibblesmith ????⚔️???? (@kibblesmith) December 3, 2016
In this era of tolerance, inclusion and acceptance, which embraces diversity more than ever, a book that normalises difference makes total sense. Kibblesmith writes in one part, “Maybe Santa Clauses can come in all shapes and colors and sizes! Just like the families that Santa Claus visits all over the world.”