Santa Makes a Change
Sol Chaneles ~ Jerome Snyder
Parent's Magazine Press, 1970
Again, I apologize to all my atheist and anti-consumerism readers out there, but since it is the season and I am entrenched in Christmas books, I must forge ahead. (I swear I have a Hanukkah book or two somewhere up my sleeve, so bear with me!) That said, here's Parent's Magazine Press tickler, where we find our hero, Santa, bored with his drab garb of red and white.
"Nobody wears knickers and black boots anymore. No, I must make a change of costume. Why, do you know that last Christmas one little boy thought my red hat was a nightcap! And this jacket," said Santa. "Nobody wears loose, floppy jackets anymore. No, I must make a change of costume."
A weird twist on ELF EYE FOR THE FAT GUY, Santa's little helpers take him shopping for a new look. He reinvents himself as a guard at Buckingham Palace...a cowboy... a knight......and a slew of other characters before he realises his "suit is not the latest thing. It's somewhat worn in places. But people know me when I bring a smile of children's faces."These pages beg the question, "Does this outfit make me look 'chubby and plump'?" Sorry to say that in Santa's case the answer is, yes!