Hey everybody! Well, that beloved day is upon us!
The little Lord Jesus will have first laid down his sweet head approximately 2041 years ago! Talk about staying power!
Ya gotta respect Christianity's skill in the public relations department. No matter what your background, the thematic holiday of Christmas is most successful advertising campaign of all time!
A lot has been done by mankind in Jesus' name...some good and some well, not so good. One thing I'm certain he'd be proud of is, Santa's Village theme parks!
If there's one thing theme parks do best, it's to re-package a thematic concept, melt it down into a homogeneous syrup and spread it around for everybody with a colorful icing. Yummy, yum-yum!!!
This time, we'll center on the now defunct, Santa's Village in Skyforest, California.
Because I've been away and probably will be for a little bit more, I thought I'd choke you with an overdose of sugary images from this visual playground.
There's a lot so be sure not to swallow it all at once! These images consist of brochures, postcards and slides...
Of course, there's a billion reasons to love Santa's Village; colors, candy, cartoony architecture, 50s kitch, mushrooms, elves, reindeer, phallis, pixies, fat men, fat women, trains, seasonal denial...the list could go on forever.
More so than any other place, Santa's Village tip-toed the line between creepy and cute!
Not entirely on the surface mind you, but there in spirit. I'll point some out and see if you can find some others.
Of course, the biggest comparison would be Fantasyland. So many elements in Santa's Village draw from Disney's European flavored land.....
Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach and Pinocchio's Village are represented. Tinkerbell's Toy Shop with dolls of many lands can be found. There was even a "Wee Puppet Theater" at the park.
Alice In Wonderland was sure not to miss her place at Santa's pad!
Ah, yes. Main Street and it's call back to a bygone era...
Steam trains, turn of the century automobiles and hand made candy emporiums flourished here...
Well, I'm certain there's many, many more comparisons out there. I have some more pics but alas, I have to save some for next year!
Anyhow, have a happy holiday theme park fans and I'll see you on the other side!