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Brian’s Blog: Yes Virginia, Some People Want a PC Christmas

A self published Canadian author has edited the classic poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” to reflect a more politically correct lifestyle. Oh, brother.

“A Visit From St. Nicholas” also known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” has been a beloved Christmas poem since it was written by Clement Clark Moore in 1823. It has become an American Christmas tradition with its timeless images and warm sentiments.

Get ready folks. This beloved piece of prose has received the PC treatment. Self published Canadian author Pamela McColl has decide that Santa’s pipe smoking habit just does not portray the correct image for the 21st century. So, she edited out two verses — “The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth/and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath”— and hired an illustrator to redraw Santa without his pipe and halo of tobacco haze.

I have a feeling that this verse could be next.
He had a broad face, and a little round belly
That shook when he laugh’d, like a bowl full of jelly:
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laugh’d when I saw him in spite of myself;
Not only is Santa’s weight an issue here, obviously promoting an unhealthy way of living, but to suggest that someone would laugh at somebody’s appearance is just too much.
Next up, PETA goes after the exploitation of the eight tiny reindeer. Oops, did I say tiny? I just stereotyped an animal species.

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