Some woman in Canada, looking out for our best interests, has taken the liberty of altering part of the famous Clement Moore poem, Twas the Night Before Christmas. She is a publisher putting out a new version which eliminates the line: "The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, / And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath"
An anti-smoking campaigner, this person believes children's books which feature smoking should include parental warnings.
"Pamela McColl of Vancouver, Canada, who self-published the book, has a mission for her story: To protect children and their parents from the ravages of smoking. She mortgaged her house and sank $200,000 into her telling of the 189-year-old holiday poem, touring the states to promote it ahead of its September release."
Frankly this is not the line I would ever have been able to come up with if asked to quote the poem and frankly this action, if not censorship, is cutting a piece of literature without permission. And it's ridiculous. I tried to find a picture of Santa smoking a pipe and while there are isolated images of this, there aren't many. I mean, come on people.Things were different back in 1823 and might we not enjoy a look back at how things were.
It's like changing the words of Mark Twain. Oh, wait. That's been done too.