Saturday, November 26, 2011
Creepmas Day One! Some Thoughts on 'Santa's Helpers'
So, just for fun, I'm participating in "Creepmas: A Celebration of the Hallowdays". This little movement, this uprising, this "...reaction to the continuing incursion of Christmas into Autumn and Halloween, CREEPMAS is a good-natured chance for Halloween lovers to exact revenge by bringing some spooky good cheer into the holidays or, more appropriately, the Hallowdays."
For Day One, I thought I'd share an excerpt from a lovely little book I own entitled, "The Twelve Terrors of Christmas" by John Updike and illustrated by the inimitable Edward Gorey. Available at Amazon
"Chapter three reads, "...what is REALLY going on? Why do these purported elves submit to sweatshop conditions in what must be one of the gloomiest climates in the world, unless they are getting something out of it at our expense? Underclass masochism one day, bloody rebellion the next. The rat-a-tat-tat of tiny hammers may be just the beginning...."
Of course, I can completely understand these guys. Elves have it rough and I can empathize with them so much that I envisioned what one of the guys might look like on the day of the great rebellion. I offer up my own sculptural rendition of an "Elf Gone Mad"....not that I'm trying to foment revolution or anything like that...just showing my support for the downtrodden and repressed.
Go ahead and try...