Mall Santa Claus’ in Civil War (sadly, not satire)

Posted: December 28, 2008 by limabean03 in Uncategorized

war-santaI heard this story on NPR and tried to dig it up on their website but couldn’t find it. This report, from the Telegraph is the best I could do. I don’t even know what to say to this…

Rival Santa Claus leaders have been engaged in a decidedly unfestive power struggle that has polarised the lucrative US grotto market and forced hundreds of Father Christmases to choose between warring rival groups.

The hostilities have spilled on to the internet, in this case Elf Net, an online chat group where Santas go to exchange information on belt supplies and beard dyeing.

Organisers of the annual convention in Kansas of the Amalgamated Order of Real-Bearded Santas, fear it will be disrupted by splitters from rival groups such as the Fraternal Order and the Red Suit Society.

The trouble started last year with a row on the board of the Amalgamated Santas, a 700-member group which was set up in 1994 by 10 Santas doing a television commercial in Hollywood.

Tim Connaghan, the organisation’s chief, was forced out after a rival board member, Nick Trolli, accused him of unethical behaviour by acting as a booking agent for 200 members hired for Christmas events and taking a $25,000 consultancy free from a film company.

Mr Trolli took over but he also proved controversial, expelling some 20 members for offences that included maligning fellow Santas on Elf Net.

In January, one of the banned members tried to gatecrash an Amalgamated Santas board meeting in California.

read it all here. There’s another link on a legal blog here. For a bizzare look into the Santa civil war, why not go to the source and see the Rebel’s website here and the “Unionists” here. This is so weird.

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