No, Virginia, there isn’t a Santa Claus

Santa1_comstock_imagesgetty_images_1Voltaire said we look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilization, and if that is true, we better just can Kris Kringle. In the name of defeating crass consumerism, Scottish art and advertising student Darren Cullen, 22, has declared a virtual jihad on Santa Claus, which also may break a few wee hearts. His artwork/advertising has been unveiled on billboards in Glasgow last week, with slogans like “Stop lying to your children about Santa Claus,” and “Santa gives more to rich kids than poor kids.” Whoa! Someone obviously had some bad Christmas mornings. Cullen says his project is actually designed to help the children. He calls Santa "a lie which teaches kids that products will make them happy." Thanks, Darren. You explain that to a wailing 6-year-old.

—Posted by Celeste Ward

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