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People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

My mother used to always tell me, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I had no idea what it meant as a child, but growing up, I quickly realized the true meaning of this phrase. And the saying rings true for almost everyone, including Santa!


When we think of Santa we think of a jolly, heavyset man with a long white beard and a sack of presents. Anyone who’s familiar with jolly, ‘ole St. Nick can you tell you, he’s a fat guy (let’s be blunt here because if you ask any 4-year-old to describe him, that’s probably the answer you’ll get),which brings me back to my mother’s old adage.

Recently, a 9-year-old boy from North Carolina was body-shamed by the local Santa, which is kind of hypocritical coming from the man who demands milk and cookies in return for some presents. The boy went to visit his local Santa and after hopping off his lap, the jolly fat man said to him, “Lay off the hamburgers and French fries.”

The boy was heartbroken and ran to his mother in tears. He told WLOS news, “I went out and started crying, because I just felt so bad.” He added, “[a]nd that really just disrespected me, and I felt awful.” The mother told WLOS news, “He acted like he didn’t want to be there to do the job.” The Santa—who is employed by the town—was forced to apologize to the boy, but according to the boy, “When he went to apologize to me, he didn’t even mean it.”

It is unclear what disciplinary action was taken, if any, but the mother said, “I’m hoping he’s fired, because I don’t want any kid feeling like [the boy] did Saturday,” she said. “I mean, it destroyed him.”

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