Hey everyone! Have you been around NYC this weekend? If you have, then I'm sure you've seen many Santas walking around the city. Last Saturday was the Santa Con! For those who never heard about it before, it's a concentration of people dressed up as Santa that takes place in many cities all over the world. I'm getting the information from this site: http://santacon.info/.
I remember last year I saw it on the streets of Downtown and I had no idea what was going on. I actually found it really funny. This year I already knew what the whole thing was about, but it's still shocking to see so many Santas partying around the streets!
According to the website, they broke a world record in 2007, when over 13,000 Santas gathered in Ireland. Even though the Irish where the ones who set the Guinness record, it seems that about 70,000 Santas had gotten together in Moscow one year earlier in 2006.
I thought it was something that had started recently... but it has actually been going on for almost a couple decades! Here's the story of how it began: "The first SantaCon took place in San Francisco in 1994 and was sponsored by The San Francisco Cacophony Society. The original inspiration came from an earlier SF adventure club called The Suicide Club who's founder came up with the idea after reading an article about a Danish political who mobbed a Copenhagen Department store just before Christmas. However, the first American and all subsequent SantaCons around the world are non-political, purely surreal Santa prank events." You can read the full story here: http://santarchy.com/santarchy-history-the-early-years/.
From what my friends and I saw, the Santa Con in New York looked like a massive pub crawl with everyone dressed up as as Santa (we saw a couple Elf too.) However, I know the main purpose of the concentration is not going from pub to pub.
As I mentioned, my roommates and I were busy enough setting up our Christmas tree, so we did not enjoy that fun this time. However, I might pull off a Santa dress next year!
Pictures from the Dailymail (link)
Good luck with your finals and see you soon!