Friends, eh? Where would we be without them? They’re our portals to new thoughts, new ideas, new stories. What one finds interesting enough to repost and share, another might dismiss as irrelevant. But in that sharing, in that reposting, there is occasionally something fascinating to be learned.
The inimitable IZ sent me three links as bedtime watching. Usually, I’d pass them by without opening unless they’d included a specific reason to watch. I don’t watch stuff on my phone. I’m not a massive fan of YouTube. And what little time I want to while away online has been bought and paid for by Facebook. Fast forward a few days and I’m online cleaning out my inbox, something I get great satisfaction from doing. As I hovered over the delete button, I hesitated. Luckily curiosity got the better of me because now I have a whole new story about where Santa Claus comes from.
As a caveat, according to Emily Buder writing for The Atlantic,
Although Salton himself harbors a healthy skepticism about the shamanistic origins of Santa, he believes the inquiry has its own merit. “In my opinion, the connections can’t all be 100 percent true, but they’re surprising and fun to think about,” he said. “My understanding is that most academics who approach the subject do so as a fun exercise and not something to be taken too seriously. That said, I think many would agree it’s important to question and take a deeper look into our shared folklore. Santa consists of an amalgamation of many ideas, traditions, and imagery. My film focuses on just one aspect.”
If you didn’t click on the link to watch the short film, you won’t have seen the bit about urine and how reindeer fly. See what you missed?