As you have probably noticed, Santacon’s have been going down all over. I don’t know much about it, to be honest, and am not sure if it happened all this past weekend or will happen in different weekends up until XMAS. Either way, doesn’t matter. IF you want to learn these things in your spare time, check out this website, which is probably the official one, although I didn’t peruse it thoroughly enough to be sure.
Mainly, I’m concerned with a particular subset of costumed merrymakers I saw this weekend in the Mission District in San Francisco. Militant elves and a christmas tree guarding one lone Santa. Now, that was a costume I could get into and I tried to take a picture with my phone so I could keep it in my costume inspiration file (yes, I have one). However, it came out poorly, so I’ll have to share pictures I found through other resources. Here are some of my favorite:
Apparently, this group is fairly organized. I guess I should do my research, but, meh . . .
According to the website, the people I saw were members of the 12th Nut, tasked with Santa’s personal protection. From their website:
The Mission of the 12th Nut
- Protect the Santa and his residence
- Provide a ceremonial guard to the Santa for official occasions
- Escort the Santa throughout the world during the Christmas Operational Window
- Provide a first response capability should the Santa require sleighvac in a combat zone