Santa Claus has quitted smoking in time for Christmas.
This is the year Santa quitted pipe tobacco, certainly in a new book version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” that has got interest from some high sides, including the American Library Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The self-published Pamela McColl of Vancouver, Canada, has a vision for her story, to guard kids from the risks of smoking. She hypothecated her house and gave $200,000 into her story of the 189-year-old holiday poem, touring the states to advertise it in front of its September release.
She excised these lines: “The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth. And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.” And she wrote on the cover: “Edited by Santa Claus for the benefit of children of the 21st century.”
And she added a letter from Santa on the back jacket flap saying that “all of that old tired business of smoking” is backside, declaring that the reindeer can affirm his fur wear is faux out of respect for animals, including the polar bears of his beloved North Pole.
The 54-year-old author said that she’s on Santa’s case about smoking as she has seen directly how dangerous it can be; remembering when she was 18 had to take her own father away of his burning bed after he fell asleep with a lit cigarette. She was a smoker as a teenager but gave up smoking and is grateful her children never started smoking.
Pamela McColl said she’s attempting to provide one choice among many versions of the rhyme that helped release Santa Claus as an icon. She would like to change complacency over cigarette dependency and considers the pipe and rings of smoke around his head do resonate with children who don’t have the same Santa filters particularly those who have parents or other loved ones who are smokers.
“The purpose of this tale about Santa Claus and Christmas continues to be unchanged regardless of the omission of the smoke,” said the group’s executive director, Cynthia Hallett. “I think that many kids will not observe the lack of the smoke.”
Pamela McColl determined she has sold more than 15,000 books in English, French and Spanish.