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Judy Spooner: Mrs. Santa Claus needs a makeover

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Judy Spooner: Mrs. Santa Claus needs a makeover
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Santa (and husband) Gary and I just returned from the "Celebrate Santa" convention in Gatlinburg, Tenn., also attended by more than 300 Santas from all over the United States and Canada. There was also a Santa from Australia.


It was 40 degrees, cloudy and rainy all the time, but bad weather didn't keep people from attending the Santa Parade through the middle of the city.

When children asked which Santa is the real one, all the Santas had a comeback. "Santa is here with all his brothers," they said.

It might come as surprise to some, but children are not confused by seeing so many Santas.

Everyone, including adults, wants to believe and participate in the Santa tradition.

I enjoy the role of Mrs. Claus when I'm with Santa Gary.

When Gary and I attended the Jingle Bell Ball, and later when I participated in the fashion show, I didn't wear a red velvet dress trimmed in white fur. I also didn't wear an apron.

Mrs. Claus should always wear clothes in traditional colors such as red, green, gold and silver, but she doesn't have to look like an 18th Century housemaid, in my opinion.

It's time Mrs. Santa had a more up-to-date identity.

She's only been part of the Santa tradition since the late 1800s when Katherine Lee Bates wrote the poem, "Goody Santa Claus On a Sleigh Ride," according to many Santa Claus Internet sites.

In the poem, she holds the reindeer while Santa goes down chimneys, stays up-to-date on the latest toys and manages the elves' workshop.

In the song, "Mrs. Santa Claus" written by George Melachrino in 1954, she's still slaving away. She feeds the reindeer, wraps the gifts, packs the sleigh, reads all the children's letters and turns in the toy orders.

While the elves are making toys, Santa is busy eating cookies and being jolly.

This does not sound like an equal division of the work needed to get ready for Santa's ride on Dec. 24th.

Santa understands and loves all the children of the world so I believe he would be open to accepting his wife in any role she chose, as long as she supports his annual mission.

I wore red slacks, a deep-red silk blouse and red satin shoes to the Jingle Bell Ball. I topped it with a long red coat with a feathery boa collar. No white fur.

The next step, of course, is for Mrs. Santa to wear red jeans and a T-shirt that has "Santa's World Tour" on the front. On the back, are 12 major cities Santa visits, but there is only one date -- Dec. 24.

In addition to an assistant to match up all the elves' socks in the laundry, Mrs. Santa also needs a first name. After all, this is 2010 for gosh sakes.

I'm taking nominations.