No, I had no idea either until I read about it in this morning's paper and wished I had gone into London to see it. A Santacon is, and I quote: 'a non-proﬁt, non-political, non-religious and nonsensical celebration of Christmas cheer, goodwill, and fun.'
Each year since 2007, and earlier in some worldwide cities, anyone with the inclination and a spark of Christmas spirit dresses up in Santa suits and marches across London to spread the spirit of Christmas, eat pizza and party.
After the recent riots in the West End recently, this makes a very welcome change and as the picture above shows the occasion was a big success. The [paraphrased] rules are:
1. Be Jolly. Be nice. Do not throw things at people. Watch out for racism, homophobia or any other kind of abuse and step in to help when needed. Santa is inclusive and loves everyone.
2. Christmas apparel is mandatory. A Santa hat is not enough. Get a Santa suit. If you don’t have any creativity, slap yourself three times and ask your mum to help you.
3. Twisting the Christmas paradigm until it screams for mercy is fun! Getting arrested is not. Santa is friendly, respectful, and cooperative with police, security guards, horse guards, MI5 agents, and shop and bar staﬀ, and does NOT break any laws!!! Santas do not destroy property, steal merchandise, or do harm to others.
It looked to be a lot of fun and wasn't reported in disparaging tones with monotonous regularity on every news report all evening - so it just goes to show - some people can still have fun, fill the London streets and not ruin anyone's day! Way to go Santa.
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