A few days ago, I at one of the local Meijer stores with Mia (if you’re not familiar, think Target…with groceries) and we spotted a display of Santa Clauses. There were traditional Santas, St. Nicholas type Santas, skiing Santas, woodland Santas, fishing Santas wearing a vest and a floppy fishing hat, hunting Santas wearing camouflage holding a rifle, and then…there was this guy.
Please note the fringed vest, head band, flower, peace symbol necklace and (weirdly patriotic) love beads.
Now, I admit, I have a certain fondness for hippies. It could be because of the guy who used to work at the daycare center I attended as a child and sang us Eagles songs on his acoustic guitar. It could be all the delicious homemade granola my mom made for us when we were little. It could even be tambourine playing-rock band groupie-skirt and scarf wearing (her collection rivaled Stevie Nicks’) Aunt Malita.
However, I’m not sure how I feel about this guy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about peace, love and understanding and also the joy of Christmas…but I think I find hippie Santa both awesome and disconcerting. Or maybe, awesomely disconcerting.
What do you think of him?