"I have always thought of Christmas Time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys."Charles Dickens
Wherever you are this holiday season, in whatever household, with whatever upbringing, there is a good chance that you have seen the current representation of Santa Claus: a jolly, older gentlemen that instilled the core values of charity and good will towards all people. In this realization, his skin color is white and has been since the mass marketing of Christmas in the early 1820's. While some debate the residual and implicit effects of a white Santa on minorities, a misguided talk-show host spouted something stupid.
The controversy arose after Fox News host Megyn Kelley mentioned certain comments during a debate over an article suggesting that Santa should be a different race or an animal to discourage confusion amongst younger children of different origins. (see clip)