I really like the design but am torn as to whether or not to get it. I llo'd at just the thumbnail. My reasons for possibly not getting it.
1. It probably wouldn't be here in time for Christmas. Even if I did pay to overnight the shirt. Woot has a habit of waiting a week to a week and half to ship out my shirts. And don't get me started on how long smart post takes to cover what is normally an 8 hour drive...
2. I am one of those who agree that it would be better on a more "Christmassy" colored shirt besides the baby blue. The baby blue seems to attract stains (white too for that matter). The overall design would pop on forest/hunter green (IMHO) although the pretty snowflakes probably do look better on the blue.
3. I really shouldn't be buying anything right now...my wallet is beyond empty.
Now for a couple of other comments...
AdderXYU wrote:Ah right. The totally secular figurehead of a religious holiday is totally different.
sgbarrows wrote: I don't find it to be a crass cheap joke, that would be the case if it were Jesus sitting there, not a FICTIONAL character.
While the current legend and mythos surrounding Santa Claus is generally fictional and has become secular, the original iteration of "Santa" is a religious one. Hence, the "Santa" in Santa Claus, or "saint" in St. Nick. Both words indicate a saint, a religious icon.
I know some of you groan at Wikipedia references, but it is all encompassing, and, if done properly, informative and correct. The wikipedia article on Santa Claus references several religious sources in it's discussion of St. Nick. And probably lists those references better than your high school term papers.
"Saint Nicholas of Myra is the primary inspiration for the Christian figure of Santa Claus. He was a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop of Myra in Lycia, a province of the Byzantine Anatolia, now in Turkey. Nicholas was famous for his generous gifts to the poor, in particular presenting the three impoverished daughters of a pious Christian with dowries so that they would not have to become prostitutes. He was very religious from an early age and devoted his life entirely to Christianity. "
Anyway, Wiki does go on to imply that the modern day Santa is a collaberation of several influences, Christian, pagan, and others...
sgbarrows wrote: I don't find it to be a crass cheap joke, that would be the case if it were Jesus sitting there
I think it would be funny if it was Jesus with the bling too. Especially since in his later years he preached against materialism. But if God made us in his image, wouldn't he have a sense of humor as well?