SantaCon incident all young people should know about

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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.

SantaCon incident all young people should know about
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Members of the New York Police Department stop a reveler dressed as Santa Claus during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The SantaCon annual event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries. In New York some community groups have established a 'Santa Free' zone that urges bars not to serve alcoholic beverages to people participating in order to dissuade incidents of public vomiting and urination in the streets. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14 : Hundreds of people dressed as Santa Claus at Tompkins Square Park during conventional SantaCon festival on December 14,2013 in New York City. Revellers dressed up in Santa Claus costume dance,sing and take photos even though cold weather. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14 : Participants dressed as Santa Claus pose at Tompkins Square Park during conventional SantaCon festival on December 14,2013 in New York City. Revellers dressed up in Santa Claus costume dance,sing and take photos even though cold weather. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14 : Participants dressed as Santa Claus pose at Tompkins Square Park during conventional SantaCon festival on December 14,2013 in New York City. Revellers dressed up in Santa Claus costume dance,sing and take photos even though cold weather. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14 : Participants dressed as Santa Claus pose at Tompkins Square Park during conventional SantaCon festival on December 14,2013 in New York City. Revellers dressed up in Santa Claus costume dance,sing and take photos even though cold weather. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14 : A baby participated in the annual SantaCon,called as Noel Babies.Hundreds of people dressed as Santa Claus at Tompkins Square Park during conventional SantaCon festival on December 14,2013 in New York City. Revellers dressed up in Santa Claus costume dance,sing and take photos even though cold weather. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14 : Participants dressed as Santa Claus pose at Tompkins Square Park during conventional SantaCon festival on December 14,2013 in New York City. Revellers dressed up in Santa Claus costume dance,sing and take photos even though cold weather. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14 : Hundreds of people dressed as Santa Claus at Tompkins Square Park during conventional SantaCon festival on December 14,2013 in New York City. Revellers dressed up in Santa Claus costume dance,sing and take photos even though cold weather. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Revelers dressed as Santa Claus ride the subway during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The SantaCon annual event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries. In New York some community groups have established a 'Santa Free' zone that urges bars not to serve alcoholic beverages to people participating in order to dissuade incidents of public vomiting and urination in the streets. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Snow falls as revelers dressed as Santa Claus walk in Manhattan during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The SantaCon annual event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries. In New York some community groups have established a 'Santa Free' zone that urges bars not to serve alcoholic beverages to people participating in order to dissuade incidents of public vomiting and urination in the streets. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Revelers dressed as Santa Claus drink inside at a bar in the East Village neighborhood during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The SantaCon annual event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries. In New York some community groups have established a 'Santa Free' zone that urges bars not to serve alcoholic beverages to people participating in order to dissuade incidents of public vomiting and urination in the streets. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Revellers in Santa costumes gather to take part in the annual 'Santacon' outside Saint Paul's Cathedral in central London on December 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: A reveler dressed as Santa Claus arrives to a bar in the East Village neighborhood during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The SantaCon annual event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries. In New York some community groups have established a 'Santa Free' zone that urges bars not to serve alcoholic beverages to people participating in order to dissuade incidents of public vomiting and urination in the streets. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Members of the New York Police Department stand next to revelers dressed as Santa Claus as they gather at Tompkins Square Park during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The SantaCon annual event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries. In New York some community groups have established a 'Santa Free' zone that urges bars not to serve alcoholic beverages to people participating in order to dissuade incidents of public vomiting and urination in the streets. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Revellers in Santa costumes set of through the streets as they takes part in the annual 'Santacon' in central London on December 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Members of the New York Police Department stand next to revelers dressed as Santa Claus and holiday costumes as they gather at Tompkins Square Park during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The SantaCon annual event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries. In New York some community groups have established a 'Santa Free' zone that urges bars not to serve alcoholic beverages to people participating in order to dissuade incidents of public vomiting and urination in the streets. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Revellers in Santa costumes set of through the streets as they takes part in the annual 'Santacon' in central London on December 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers in Santa costumes gather to take part in the annual 'Santacon' outside Saint Paul's Cathedral in central London on December 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers in Santa costumes gather to take part in the annual 'Santacon' outside Saint Paul's Cathedral in central London on December 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Snow falls as a reveler dressed as Santa Claus smokes a cigarrette in the East Village neighborhood during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The SantaCon annual event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries. In New York some community groups have established a 'Santa Free' zone that urges bars not to serve alcoholic beverages to people participating in order to dissuade incidents of public vomiting and urination in the streets. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Revelers dressed as Santa Claus line up outside a bar in the East Village neighborhood during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The SantaCon annual event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries. In New York some community groups have established a 'Santa Free' zone that urges bars not to serve alcoholic beverages to people participating in order to dissuade incidents of public vomiting and urination in the streets. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Snow falls as revelers dressed as Santa Claus walk in Manhattan during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The SantaCon annual event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries. In New York some community groups have established a 'Santa Free' zone that urges bars not to serve alcoholic beverages to people participating in order to dissuade incidents of public vomiting and urination in the streets. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Revellers in Santa costumes set of through the streets as they takes part in the annual 'Santacon' in central London on December 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: A couple dressed as Santa Claus kiss as they wait for a train in the 14th street subway station during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The SantaCon annual event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries. In New York some community groups have established a 'Santa Free' zone that urges bars not to serve alcoholic beverages to people participating in order to dissuade incidents of public vomiting and urination in the streets. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Snow falls as revelers dressed as Santa Claus walk in Manhattan during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The SantaCon annual event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries. In New York some community groups have established a 'Santa Free' zone that urges bars not to serve alcoholic beverages to people participating in order to dissuade incidents of public vomiting and urination in the streets. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Revelers dressed as Santa Claus enter the 14th street subway station during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The SantaCon annual event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries. In New York some community groups have established a 'Santa Free' zone that urges bars not to serve alcoholic beverages to people participating in order to dissuade incidents of public vomiting and urination in the streets. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14 : Participants dressed as Santa Claus pose at Tompkins Square Park during conventional SantaCon festival on December 14,2013 in New York City. Revellers dressed up in Santa Claus costume dance,sing and take photos even though cold weather. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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