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SantaCon incident all young people should know about

This Saturday night, a few friends and I went to grab a bite at my favorite Manhattan diner.

We had forgotten that SantaCon was happening that day, but were reminded by the gaggles of curiously-dressed 20-somethings trudging past the restaurant window, all looking slightly defeated.

Our conversation moved on until one female diner, just finishing her meal, approached us.

'I don't mean to interrupt, but I just wanted to applaud you for being the only young people I've seen tonight not dressed in Santa costumes,' she said.

We laughed and reinforced that she could always count on us to dress in regular clothes while bar-crawling. Kidding. Kind of.

She laughed, but clarified that that wasn't what she meant.

'People don't realize it, but this is very confusing for children. Not only can they not understand what Santa's helpers are doing out in public, but it's also unclear to them why they keep falling.'

She had us. We were so busy poking fun at people, that we hadn't even thought of the kids. The kids! And we're guessing this year's crop of SantaCons didn't either.

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grsafe December 17 2013 at 7:51 AM

Why isn't this article talking about the the $45,000 raised for the 10,000 lbs. of food bought for the children in N.Y. last year and the money it will raise this year. I guess if it was a charity raising money for a FOREIGN country "Santa Con" would get better press. There goes the media looking for anything nasty to say about American young people out there for a cause. Why don't you go pick on the tail gate parties of the drunken football fans of men and women in their fifties getting into fights in the parking lots and the stadiums across the country for nothing other than an obsession instead of targeting this once a year bar crawl that raises money for the children in New York!

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edwardgilsonesq grsafe December 17 2013 at 8:10 AM

Because some people are so miserable about Christmas, we get the isolated incidents reported. I think this story is phony complete with an imaginary person and an imaginary conversation.

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T. Vance December 16 2013 at 7:55 PM

Another excuse to get drunk?

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twcolina December 16 2013 at 4:50 PM


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Robbie December 16 2013 at 4:44 PM

Kids aren't as stupid as you might think. Even a 2 yr old can understand that a big person is "dress up like santa" acting stupid.

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SHARAN December 16 2013 at 8:00 PM

yeesh. You tell your kids the truth. These are people out on the town dressed as santa and they are partying. They are not santa claus. Period. What's the issue again?

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hpycmpr155 December 17 2013 at 6:17 AM

Uuuhhhh If you can't explain this to your kids, then maybe you need to rethink parenthood.
Because you'll have a lot TOUGHER things to explain than drunk Santas.

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belpugs1 hpycmpr155 December 17 2013 at 6:34 AM

Hysterical........Hey what good parent would have their child out at a bar at night?

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Cornelius McGee belpugs1 December 17 2013 at 7:19 AM

I guess the ones that are walking around in the middle of the day, since this starts between 10am and Noon. And by the way, as for "bars" and "bar-crawl areas"? Those are called neighborhoods. You know, where many people have to live. Good try though.

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tonyz2001 hpycmpr155 December 17 2013 at 7:00 AM

Get the dirtbags off the street and it doesn't need to be explained. Public drunkeness is against the law.

Tell them go to it in the privacy of their own homes.

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CHARLIE GENE December 17 2013 at 5:56 AM

good for you LADY. yuuuuuuupppppaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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woofs3mmb December 16 2013 at 8:50 PM

They really need to get a life! Grow up.

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aabsoluteauction woofs3mmb December 16 2013 at 9:02 PM

they need more then i new life they need metal help

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mri23 December 17 2013 at 8:45 AM

I feel that many people who have a negative response to SantaCon are the people who only read the articles about the handfull of participants who take it way to far and then get crappy articles written about them. These are probably the same people who have never actually witnessed a SantaCon for themselves. I participate in two SantaCons a year (a smaller one in CT and the large event in NYC). For both events I (over 200). My friends and I were stopped by numberous families to have their kids pose with use. We passed many children every year with huge smiles on their faces who wave to all the Santas. I understand that a number of people on the crawl take it way beyond and drink too much. I however feel the good out weighs the bad when it comes to SantaCon. Life is way to short to not don a Santa suite or some elf tights with friends over a pint or two for a good cause!

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ash5cents December 17 2013 at 5:50 AM

Oh god, let us have our fun! All parents have to say is it's not Santa's helpers, its a day where everyone simply just wants to dress up as Santa and be silly. Why must you lie even more to complicate a child's simple Santa Claus memory. Why are your children out that late any ways? Santacon is a global event, schedule your plans ahead of time and know not to bring your child in that kind of environment. You don't bring your child to times square on NYE do you?

And to everyone putting religion in this, stop over thinking it.... and maybe join in on the fun once in a while. Just a thought. :) Happy Holidays! Cheers!!!

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tonyz2001 ash5cents December 17 2013 at 7:01 AM

Let you have your "fun" ? Getting falling down drunk and getting into drunken brawls is fun? No, it's stupid, it's also illegal. Public intoxication is against the law.

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ash5cents tonyz2001 December 18 2013 at 12:53 AM

You sir are missing out on life......

and anyways, who said anything about getting into bar fights??

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