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(Washington Post)   Question: "Why are Chinese versions of Santa Claus almost always playing a saxophone?" Answer: "We don't know"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 48
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2012-12-27 10:26:09 AM  
www.ramonacreel.com

WHY DO I CHECK EMAILS THE WAY I DO? I DON'T KNOWWWWWWWW
 
2012-12-27 10:56:18 AM  
Well, he'd look silly playing a trombone, now, wouldn't he?
 
2012-12-27 11:10:50 AM  
Because Chinese people don't give a fark.
 
2012-12-27 11:21:59 AM  
You ever tried to get a piano down a chimney?
 
2012-12-27 11:22:57 AM  

bloobeary: You ever tried to get a piano down a chimney?


Ever tried to jam a Rhino up your ass?
 
2012-12-27 11:24:08 AM  
He sure as hell ain't going to play one of these.....

www.twainquotes.com
 
2012-12-27 11:24:31 AM  
Un No. That's not Santa. That's Annual Gift Man, and he lives on the moon.
 
2012-12-27 11:25:19 AM  
It goes back to an ancient Chinese custom, when parents told their children that if they'd behave and do all their choirs, Clarence Clemmons would enter their house while they're asleep and leave them presents.
 
2012-12-27 11:26:11 AM  

Slaves2Darkness: bloobeary: You ever tried to get a piano down a chimney?

Ever tried to jam a Rhino up your ass?


Thanks but I'll do it my *OWN* way....

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2012-12-27 11:28:57 AM  
Because they think Santa Claus is Bill Clinton with a beard and he sneaks down your chimney to seranade and sleep with your mom.
 
2012-12-27 11:31:43 AM  
In China, the fact that these costumed women are supposed to be elves is apparently lost in translation sometimes, with the women simply known as Santa's friends or "sisters."

Giggity.
 
2012-12-27 11:33:53 AM  
Great. Now all I can picture is Santa playing the solo from Careless Whisper over and over again.
 
2012-12-27 11:36:44 AM  
inventorspot.com

/What's "Bah Humbug" in Chinese?
 
2012-12-27 11:37:29 AM  
Another article with internet comments as sources. I can't wait for the follow-up.

Users of the site Fark.com also offered some hypotheses. One user wrote that the saxophone is included because Santa would look odd playing a trombone, another user wrote it was because pianos do not fit down chimneys, while another user stated there was no way Santa would play a mouth harp (also known as a Jew's harp).
 
2012-12-27 11:38:02 AM  
Because it's really Bill Clintoon.
 
2012-12-27 11:40:36 AM  

WordsnCollision: [inventorspot.com image 580x480]

/What's "Bah Humbug" in Chinese?


Google translate suggests 呸騙子.
 
2012-12-27 11:45:32 AM  
For the same reason Bill always plays the sax in the beginning of an Animaniacs cartoon episode.

Insomnia, and snacks
 
2012-12-27 11:46:06 AM  
From the article linked in the article.

7. Chinese state media now brags that China makes American Christmas possible. That's right: not so long after the Chinese government persecuted Christians, sometimes violently, its largest media outlet is boasting that Christmas would not be possible without China. The state-run People's Daily on Monday announces, "American fellows, it is Christmas time, a time to wake up, have a strong cup of coffee, and see what gifts a Chinese Santa Claus really delivers." The article argues that the West could not celebrate Christmas without China's exports and that we should spend the holiday expressing gratitude for Chinese manufacturing. The article concludes, "This Christmas morning, when you wake up and smell this couple of coffee, accept your gifts with gratitude."
Theyve got our number...
 
2012-12-27 11:55:26 AM  
The saxophone is a meme. I would think Farkers would know one when they saw one.
 
2012-12-27 11:56:46 AM  
China's alright, China's alright
China's alright if you like saxophones
 
2012-12-27 11:57:58 AM  
It's just part of the Next Phase of the War on Christmas. You'll understand when it's launched.
 
2012-12-27 12:01:59 PM  
A better question is, why do they all play Yakety Sax?
 
2012-12-27 12:03:00 PM  
Chinese what, quadfecta in play?
 
2012-12-27 12:03:37 PM  

Cyno01: From the article linked in the article.

7. Chinese state media now brags that China makes American Christmas possible. That's right: not so long after the Chinese government persecuted Christians, sometimes violently, its largest media outlet is boasting that Christmas would not be possible without China. The state-run People's Daily on Monday announces, "American fellows, it is Christmas time, a time to wake up, have a strong cup of coffee, and see what gifts a Chinese Santa Claus really delivers." The article argues that the West could not celebrate Christmas without China's exports and that we should spend the holiday expressing gratitude for Chinese manufacturing. The article concludes, "This Christmas morning, when you wake up and smell this couple of coffee, accept your gifts with gratitude."
Theyve got our number...


Sometimes I wonder, who needs who the most? We can probably find somewhere else to make cheap plastic crap for us if we had to (production is already shifting out of China to Vietnam, Indonesia, etc), but the Chinese seem less likely to find another set of rich buyers, much less a safe place to invest all their savings / profits.

It's that old saw: when you owe the bank a couple thousand dollars, you have a problem. When you owe the bank a couple of billion dollars, the bank has a problem.
 
2012-12-27 12:08:36 PM  
The the Chinese telling he also drinks Scotch Whisky all night long, then dies behind the wheel.
 
2012-12-27 12:14:42 PM  
inventorspot.com

/Inconsolableblebleble...
 
2012-12-27 12:18:48 PM  
Filling in for Santa next year.

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2012-12-27 12:19:17 PM  
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I've played with that cat!
 
2012-12-27 12:32:56 PM  
Because they see pictures of US street musicians around Christmas time?

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2012-12-27 12:33:32 PM  
The Chinese really should model the face of Santa after Sam Walton.
 
2012-12-27 12:51:12 PM  
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2012-12-27 01:05:03 PM  
Amused...
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2012-12-27 01:07:55 PM  
www.bbc.co.uk
 
2012-12-27 01:13:56 PM  
It could be worse, it could be an accordion.
 
2012-12-27 01:15:17 PM  

fruitloop: Another article with internet comments as sources. I can't wait for the follow-up.


A piece claiming the China got Santa confused with Bill Clinton? Ho, ho, ho!
 
2012-12-27 01:29:08 PM  
It's kind of funny that we ask these questions when Santa's accoutrements don't match the image we grew up with, when the Santa we did grow up with is just as confusing. Why does he always wear read with white trim? Why does he travel in a sleigh pulled by magic flying reindeer (seriously, where have you seen a sleigh outside of the Santa mythology and Jingle Bells)? Why does he live at the north pole, and where did he get all of those elves? How does he feel about the fact that his home and workshop are projected to sink into the Arctic Ocean in just a few years, and what are his contingency plans? Floating workshop? Are the elves furiously working away to build themselves lifeboats?

I mean, a saxophone is a real thing. I could go buy one right now. If you're going to just take for granted that he has elves and flying ungulates and manages to crank out Nintendo DSes and furbies in his isolated workshop, despite his affinity for 19th century transportation and clothing, despite being hundreds of miles from all materials required for manufacturing said products, it just doesn't seem like that big a stretch to accept that the guy likes to break out the saxophone and play a little "Blue Train" between deliveries in China.
 
2012-12-27 01:29:10 PM  
China just like keep US guessing!

You buy now!
 
2012-12-27 01:50:54 PM  
I blame Duke Farking Silver.
 
2012-12-27 02:09:43 PM  

ChipNASA: He sure as hell ain't going to play one of these.....

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Hey, don't knock it. Those are quite fun and diverse in the right hands...er, mouth.
/gotta replace mine... played it until it broke.
 
2012-12-27 02:17:38 PM  

SmithHiller: I've played with that cat!


No no no no, he's not a musician.
 
2012-12-27 02:18:46 PM  

volodya: It could be worse...

www.altrofoto.com
 
2012-12-27 02:27:14 PM  

probesport: SmithHiller: I've played with that cat!

No no no no, he's not a musician.


I'm hip, man, that cat didn't know ANY tunes!
 
2012-12-27 02:52:19 PM  
Because saxophones are cool and Santa plays one. Deal with it. You know, Santa can do what ever he wants - he's Santa. He can play the piano, the drums, the violin; anything. He is one multi-talented dude. You might well see Santa doing any number of things. He is truly the most interesting man in the world. And he doesn't drink beer often, but when he does, he drinks Dos Equis.
 
2012-12-27 02:54:21 PM  
Why? Because Santa doesn't know how to make a "V" sign with his fingers?

/oh, you said CHINESE...
 
2012-12-27 03:12:14 PM  

cwolf20: For the same reason Bill always plays the sax in the beginning of an Animaniacs cartoon episode.

Insomnia, and snacks



Baloney!

/In our slacks!
 
2012-12-27 03:19:27 PM  
He plays the sax in honor of Clarence, the lost member of the Beatles.
 
2012-12-27 04:17:18 PM  
He is a spy in his spare time.
Why else would Santa be in China?!

dukeandthemovies.com
 
2012-12-27 06:06:16 PM  
He'd kill us if he got the chance.
 
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