I’ve never had the good fortune of witnessing a Santacon invasion, but next year I’ll be on my guard. They were here in Seattle a few days ago, piling into restaurants and strip clubs before heading into the downtown library to fart around and cause mischief.
Earlier they Santafied San Francisco with a vengeance:
They were chanting “Ho, ho, ho! Ho, ho, ho!” and by they, I mean about
200 people dressed in some version, and in many cases a perverse
version, of Santa Claus. They were also playing dodge
ball, climbing trees, pounding beers, and generally inciting chaos. The
defenseless Benjamin Franklin Memorial quickly became a victim of that
chaos when somebody wrote “HO” in white spray paint on the base (see
above photo), then climbed the monument and santafied it.
Actually it was spray-on snow which is harmless compared to spray paint, but you get the idea. God, what fun that must have been. The huggy elves (mentioned in the story) make it even more surreal.
Chuck Palahniuk wrote about taking part in one of these invasions in Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories. Many of the Santas he ran with liked to spramp each other in the mouth with spray bottles filled with vodka. Now, that’s my kinda holiday spirit!