In Japan, Santa is depicted at times as amazingly slim and trim. That's because they are working with the mannequins they have and they don't care about padding him out to fit some Americanized image. Besides, the Santa costumes at hand were sewn with a Japanese physique in mind. If you're going to dress up a figure, you don't want to have to custom order an outfit for the portly gentleman.
Among the many things that said, "Japan" to me, were the skinny Santas that popped up in various displays. I miss seeing the slender Santa as one of many little reminders that Christmas is something rather different in Japan.
Well, while Coca Cola contributed to the current Santa's omnipresence, they didn't invent him as such: http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/santa/cocacola.aspReplyDelete
Harrumph. The internet has *lied* to me! Who should I sue? ;-)Delete
Don't worry; it's a common misconception... [raises nose, looks down upon the peasantry]Delete
Do you still get to sue if the Internet also corrected its own lie? Or better yet, can you sue twice? This is 'murica after all!
I deserve that looking down upon (eyes are downcast).Delete
And I'm guessing I can sue as often as I want, as long as I feed the lawyer.