It’s the yuletide season once again, and with that celebration, we are seeing many familiar images worldwide. Sometimes, even if the images we see originated from certain parts of the globe only or in a specific country only. Actually, we are all very familiar with them already because of media. There’s the image of “white Christmas” even if white means snow and snow only occurs in several parts of the world. There’s the image of the Christmas tree made of certain types of trees which, again, are not even grown in many countries all over the world. You get the picture.
And then of course, there’s the image of Santa Claus. That European-originated image of a jolly old man with white beard and whitehair, donned in a happy red costume, carrying a huge sack loaded with toys and gifts for children who have been nice all throughout the year. This image is very popular worldwide, even in countries that don’t celebrate Christmas in the usual religious-originated way. What’s even popular is the image of Santa riding a sleigh pulled by his reindeers and then stopping over houses to place the children’s gifts underneath the Christmas trees. And his usual entry point is the house’s chimney. Some magic occurs here, of course, in order for a big-bellied guy to fit inside the chimney and enter the house secretly.
But Santa, what if the house has no chimney? Like what Shakespeare said, “Aye, there’s the rub!”
We all know that the image of Santa entering through chimneys is a popular image. But maybe it’s time Santa also updated his entry point strategies in order to make more children happier the world over. Because, of course, we all know that it’s mainly the houses in winter countries that could have this chimney structure – because they need it for when they operate their fireplaces during the wintertime. But what about others who are not in winter countries, with houses that don’t have chimneys? Plus how about houses with roofs that are not exactly climbing-friendly? Aye, another rub for Santa, indeed.
Okay Santa, so these are my suggestions. Listen up!
Straw is a no-no!
Many rural areas in agricultural countries still have houses or huts made of materials from the earth, like straw grass, banana leaves and other similar plants. You can see this in parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific. So Santa, don’t even think about stepping atop these roofs which, even if they are sturdy enough to carry your weight, do not have any opening to insert the gifts. Yes, these people make them roofs very, very strong!
Suggestion for Santa: These houses are also built small and it’s quite easy to hear when someone is walking about. So it’s best to hang the gifts in a basket (made of similar material as the roof probably) and hang them at the side of the roof’s wooden ceiling structures. It would be a nice surprise to have the kids reach out for the gifts themselves.
Flat is rad!
Houses that are built closely with one another in small and somewhat cramped areas like the ones we see in houses in the Middle East, South Asia or in Europe have concrete flat roofs. Now that’s totally rad for Santa because he can just land there and leave the gifts there, since these roofs also substitute as areas where the household could conduct some kind of activity, like doing their laundry, hanging clothes or laying out food to dry, depends on the thing they do in their culture. So it would be a nice surprise if they reach the top and find a pile of gifts atop their roofs.
Dome is doom!
Some grand houses have domes for structures so unless Santa wants to glide down there, this is also a sure-fire way of meeting your maker since dome roofs are now walking-friendly. Santa, this time, there’s always the door. Forget the windows, too. I’m sure they’re huge and it would be very obvious if a red figure suddenly passed by there. So just leave the gifts by the door. Their butlers will surely be there to fetch them.
Have glass, dash fast!
Unless Santa feels like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible or if he has suction cups for feet or if he’s like Spiderman, then glass roofs are to be avoided. Santa, again, just leave the gifts at the doorstep in order not to be avoided. Plus if you cut yourself in those glass ceilings, that will hurt!
So Santa, be careful and hey, thanks for the gifts in advance.