It’s not quite Halloween yet and here’s the Bay already giving us warning that Santa, or perhaps just a close facsimile, is on his way—ten days ahead of the official November 16 Santa Claus Parade. Given the economic downturn, perhaps it takes longer to pry people’s money from their pockets.
Hard to decide which is worse: the indecent haste with which the Christmas season is being hustled in or the doggerel that someone at the Bay has written to herald the jolly old elf’s premature coming, with scant regard to rhyme, scansion, or content. Clement Clarke Moore, who wrote “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”> (a.k.a. “A Visit From St. Nicholas”) must be doing somersaults in his grave.
Spotting the first Santa could become the winter equivalent of hearing the first cuckoo of spring—or, downtown, the first ice-cream truck. Though we’d rather listen to either of those than an endless loop of “Deck the Halls” for the next two months. Bah-humbuggers of the world, unite!
Photos by Bill Taylor/Torontoist