Friday, November 16, 2007

Ho Ho Ho!

So far, this is my favorite holiday story of the season. Oh sure, it's no Gift of the Magi, but it is pretty darn humorous.
SYDNEY (AFP) - Santa's in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.
Perhaps we should also drop "red-nosed" from reindeer so as not to offend alcoholics?

Here's a hot tip for our well-meaning but obviously misguided patriarchs Down Under--ho ho ho is not offensive to women. Ho ho ho would only be offensive to...ho's. Has the land of Oz become so politically correct that we are now willing to toss aside holiday traditions for fear of hurting a prostitute's feelings?

I've only talked to a hooker once in my life and, coincidentally, it was in Sydney. My husband and I were watching fireworks being shot from the Sydney Tower when she struck up a conversation with us. I can't remember what we discussed but it had nothing to do with sex or money. Most likely we talked about fireworks. But I do remember that she had sort of a weariness about her that makes me believe she wouldn't be offended by some fat guy in a red suit using the word ho. She'd be more upset if a fat guy in a red suit stiffed her out of 50 bucks after a date in the sleigh.

I can only hope that Sydney's Santa's continue bellowing ho ho ho and completely reject the suggested substitution of ha ha ha. The last thing a kid a needs is to think Santa is mocking him. "Santa I want a truck for Christmas." "Ha ha ha!"

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