ITV’s Text Santa upsets some Twitter users! And me!

by Lynn Connolly

Metro report today that last night’s first Text Santa appeal, which was co-hosted by Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley – who I’ve taken to calling ‘Shadow’ given she’s seemingly there every time I turn around, tellywise anyway – received something of a frosty reception on Twitter.

One viewer tweeted, “#textsanta – has he got whatsapp?”

Another said, “What’s with all this stupidity of being able to skype, tweet, text, santa?

“Whatever happened to just seeing and sitting on his lap in person?”

And yet another tweeted, “Just me, or is this *really* weird? #textsanta” while one user reflected my feelings on the subject perfectly, tweeting, “The phrase ‘Text Santa’ makes me want to renounce the modern world entirely.”

Also, may I once again point out that in this country ‘Santa’ has been Father Christmas for decades. Who decided he should become the American version of the jolly man?

I mean, I get it that we move with the times – we do live in a technologically marvelous age after all – but does that have to mean the end to all mystique?

When I was a kid, my letter to Father Christmas was carried off to him by fairies. They lived in our chimney, and as we had an open fire, they would hang out above the flames, waiting for me to shoot my missive over to them via the medium of an up draught…

It was magical. Just plain magical. Ditto for the leaving of mince pies and sherry on the hearth on Christmas Eve, to wake up and see the big guy had imbibed and had taken the carrots for the reindeer.

So I can’t help but wonder, if we’re truly going to embrace all that’s modern-day when it comes to Father Christmas – I won’t, I won’t call him Santa – are we to encourage our kids to leave him an apple and some bottled water?

We of course know the dangers of obesity and those of drink driving – even when it’s piloting a reindeer drawn vehicle – so will our children be told to pass that healthy living message on?

Has all mystery and magic been lost in a tidal wave of apps and email and political correctness? I hope not…

What do you think?

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Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.