Cancel Christmas Because I Beat Up Santa Claus

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In my mind the headline reads Cancel Christmas Because I Beat Up Santa Claus but I know that part can’t be true because headlines don’t use ‘I’ in them, or at least I can’t remember any that did.

But then again after recent events bits and pieces of my memory are a bit of a blur so maybe I am wrong.

It Is Hard to Say You Beat Up Santa

There are relatively few good ways to tell most people that you beat up Santa Claus.

Most of them start with “he was drunk, aggressive and getting too friendly with my wife/kids” but those are hard to come by.

My story isn’t quite like that. The jolly old man wasn’t making eyes at my woman or doing bad things to my kids so I don’t have any reasons other than I just don’t like him.

Something about that guy just chaps my hide. Maybe it is because as the Jewish kid I know he automatically puts me on the naughty list.

Once upon a midnight dreary when I found myself in a state between weak and weary I started thinking about how unfair it was not to be gifted with whatever sort of gifts are given to the other team.

Since I am a peace loving fellow I figured the best way to go about this was to figure out who Mr. Claus reports to. Once I had that information it would be easy to “encourage” him to share some loot with me.

When I began my research discovered the 1-800-Ask a Gentile hotline. I dialed the fine folks over there and much to my chagrin learned it didn’t work. Every time I called I got one of those ‘error messages’ about the line not being in service.

Since my one track mind isn’t easily dissuaded I called the Vatican and asked to be connected with the pope.

Apparently he isn’t available to take calls nor is he willing to return them, especially when they are of a ‘frivolous or silly nature.’ I don’t know about you, but a guy who wears a funny pointed hat shouldn’t chew on the butts of other people who enjoy silly.

Anyhoo, time passes and I am stumped. Mrs. Hackleshmackle, the librarian from my high school called me an idiot and said she don’t have to put up with my nonsense no more.

There ain’t no one at the Library of Congress who will answer my question nor is there anyone at the Smithsonian. But like I said, I am determined so I figure I’ll go to the local mall and ask the guy who is playing Santa Claus if he can help me out.

So I head on over to the Short Hills Mall and find myself talking to an elf who has a real Jersey attitude. I say, “Snooky, I got no time to deal with an elf who smells like she doused herself with a combination of kerosene and Chanel Number Smellslikecrap. Just tell the fat guy I need to talk.”

I don’t even want to tell you what sort of response I got, but it was pretty vulgar. Fortunately Santa heard us talking and he waddled over and what he said shocked me.

That fat old man used a series of four letter words in a fashion that cannot be described as friendly or jolly.

Well, no one gets a free poke at me so I told Santa that if he didn’t apologize I was going to kick his ass.

‘Jersey Santa’ didn’t take too kindly to that so he vaulted over the candy cane fence and came straight for me.

“Santa, I ain’t one of your elves. The sarge told me he loved me because I am a hard charger with head full of rocks. Step back or risk having your bag of coal shoved so far up your ass a match and a burp will start a fire.”

Needless to say ‘Jersey Santa’ didn’t take my advice but he did take five fingers in the mouth, a boot to the ass and a hard right to the gut.

Had there been a window he probably would have been defenestrated, but sadly luck was not on my side.

I’d like to say I got through the moment unscathed and unharmed but that wouldn’t be true.

Two of Santa’s elves jumped me from behind. One of them bit my shoulder and the other grabbed a hold of the kind of package that requires more TLC than they gave it.

And Santa, well he surprised me with a hook shot that almost knocked me on my ass. I have to give him credit for that one, it was almost as good as he got.

Twenty-five years later I still don’t get anything on Christmas nor have I ever figured out who Santa’s boss is. But I got some good memories and I didn’t get arrested, so I guess I got that going for me.

Editor’s Note: This post has appeared in various forms on this blog and elsewhere from time to time, most recently here. Based upon comments from the past I’ll remind you it falls under the narishkeit category and may or may not be true or exaggerated.

If you enjoyed this you might try It Wasn’t Worth Getting Arrested and  The Flying Clown.


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  1. Larry December 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    1-800-Ask a Gentile hotline – that’s hilarious. Poor Yid.

  2. Vidya Sury December 6, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Jack, you’re crazy and I love it. I enjoy your yarns, have I told you? 😀

  3. neal call December 5, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I never much cared for Santa Claus. Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph are tolerable, but I probably like the Grinch story, and that wordless cartoon “The Snowman” best.

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