- Today is SantaCon 2018.
- As Santas take over New York, residents took to Twitter to ask Congressmember-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez if she could put an end to the massive day-drink.
- Ocasio-Cortez suggested an alternative called GrinchCon.
Saturday is SantaCon, the day when Santas take over your city. Yes, that’s right, if you live in a major city a seemingly endless row of partygoers dressed up as Santa will likely be marching past your door making their way from one bar to the next.
If you think the endless stream of fake Santas is a nuisance, you’re not alone.
When one Twiter user asked Congressmember-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez if she could pass a law stopping SantaCon, she actually had a pretty solid idea. Enter GrinchCon: “a tea [and] coffee crawl where people can spread peace and quiet everywhere they go” – an anti-SantaCon
I’m not sure, but maybe we can look into establishing GrinchCon – a tea + coffee crawl where people can spread peace and quiet everywhere they go ???? https://t.co/rvuvf2qVLu
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 8, 2018
Rather than thousands of drunk, loud, dancing people roaming the streets donned in red suits, imagine watching green, furry beings wave and smile and they pass by quietly.
Needless to say, the people of New York – and Twitter – are here for her idea.
Omg @Ocasio2018 is a freaking genius.
— Adam E Ross (@adammanross) December 8, 2018
wow she truly does represent the people of new york
— they/mychem/theirs (@cardiolover666) December 8, 2018
GrinchCon! Peace and quiet. I’m in!!????????
— Linda Gutierrez (@lamoraCO) December 8, 2018
SantaCon isn’t just something New Yorkers have to deal with, though. Jolly street performers have been celebrating since 1994 in San Francisco, according to Newsweek. The Christmas-themed public theatre movement spread to Portland, Los Angeles, and New York – it’s since spread to cities all over the world.
Originally dubbed Santarchy, the festivities started out protesting the consumerism of Christmas. Not too long after it came to New York, the celebration took off as SantaCon and became a day of endless drinking and bar hopping.
Of course, there’s bound to be some unwanted behaviour. It’s not uncommon for the city police to receive reports of vandalism, fights breaking out in bars, and public urination. In 2013, the NYPD even released a statement suggesting bars reject SantaConers because of the “urinating, littering, vomiting, and vandalizing” that often accompany the occasion.
Organisers of the annual event recognise that there are some downsides to the whole thing that wind up giving the day a bad reputation. But, they also want to clear SantaCon’s name. As one organiser put it to The Village Voice in 2014, “It’s not about consumerism, it’s about making new friends and donning gay apparel.”
For now, SantaCon will go unrivalled. But maybe next year we’ll see some holiday peace spread by the Grinch.
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