Posted in Modern Life Is Rubbish at 7:45 pm on 11 December 2012
Reindeer, yes. Lappland, where Father Christmas is said to live, is famous for them.
Polar bears, yes. Also Arctic creatures.
I’d give you elves at a pinch, as they’re as mythic (oops, spoiler) as Santa Claus himself.
No. They are generally southern hemisphere animals; most often associated with the Antarctic.
So why are there illuminated penguins for sale as Christmas decorations and cluttering up the gardens of those who like that sort of thing at this time of year?
Just because they’re normally found in a cold climate doesn’t mean they’re anything to do with others who live in similar conditions. (Not to mention anything that might have happened about 2,000 years ago.) In fact they’re a whole world away.
Penguins at Christmas?