Did you ever think a scene from a Where’s Waldo book could ever come to life?
Well my friends, it came to life for me this Saturday at Santacon, a gathering of people dressed in everything “Santa Claus” and/or holiday related i.e. the sexy Mrs. Claus’, the blue-suit Santa’s for Hanukkah, Buddy the Elves, toy soldiers, reindeer, snowmen, christmas trees, presents, abominable snowmen, and more.
For the most part though, no matter the costume, people are wearing primarily red and white, meaning that finding any one or thing is nearly impossible during SantaCon, similar to the task of trying to find Waldo in an overpopulated photograph.
This year, ”the annual SantaCon [happened] in 37 countries across 275 locations [on Saturday], from New York City and San Francisco to London, Hong Kong, Syndey and Hong Kong (other U.S. cities include Miami, Austin and Milwaukee.)” – Mashable
Aside from the bashing negative reviews of frat-tastic day-drinking and complete shitshow qualities that Santacon receives, I can’t help but feel a sense of community and togetherness, especially since this year (like last year,) kicked off with a food drive, “in 2011, Santa raised $10,000 for Toys for Tots and donated over 6,000 lbs of food to Manhattan and Brooklyn food banks.” – via Facebook event wall.
Although my friend sat in a pile of vomit by accident, four of us crammed into a handicap bathroom for expediting purposes, and the bars in NYC were impenetrable– filled to the brim, there’s something to be said about such a mass of people (~30K RSVP’d on FB,) doing something together that’s fairly harmless AND fun!
To quote Sandi Bachom’s piece re SantaCon on HuffPo,
“It is a leap of faith into joy, hard to explain unless you’ve done it…but you never forget your first SantaCon,” and that I won’t Sandi!
Did you join in the festivities? How was your SantaCon? Was it your first too? Share in the comments below!
…and for your viewing pleasure, some of my instagram uploads from my first SantaCon: