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Fox News interviews Santa about the 'War on Christmas'

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:39 AM   |   Comments

Dec. 20 (UPI) -- But how does Santa feel about "holiday" parties and "holiday" trees?

Fox News went straight to a man in a Santa suit for a short segment on the so-called "War on Christmas," or the movement to make holiday celebrations more sensitive to other cultures and religions.

Sal Lizard, Santa Claus impersonator and author of "Being Santa Claus: What I Learned About the True Meaning of Christmas," appeared on "Fox & Friends" Thursday wearing his work uniform and a giant gold-plated belt that read "Santa."

"Santa, I understand that you don't want to say 'happy holidays," why?" host Steve Doocy asked first.

"I can’t find any reference where Santa has ever said anything other than 'merry Christmas,'" Lizard said.

"What do you make of the political correctness part of our culture? Have you seen it change over time?" host Gretchen Carlson asked.

You know, I never had a problem being Santa Claus, but there was a time a few years back when suddenly I started showing up at Christmas parties and was told that they were having holiday parties. So therefore, they didn't need a Santa anymore. That was about the time the surgeon-general said Santa should lay off the cookies and start picking up more carrots and broccoli. I heard Santa in Australia said ‘ha, ha, ha,’ so as not to offend certain gals and Santas in England couldn’t have children on their laps anymore.

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