• Caitlin Kennedy

Christmas Crackdown

In the run up to Christmas, we take a look at the weirdest rules and regulations surrounding Santa-time from around the world.

1. It is illegal not to reply to any kid (or adult for that matter) that writes to Father Christmas in France. And Santa has been keeping up with technological advances; he’s a keyboard warrior too, replying (by law) to over a million email requests each year.

2. Christmas was straight up cancelled and banned in England between 1643 and 1660, as the kill-joys of the Puritanical Church decided it was a day of mourning and solemnity and not a massive pissup with presents. Rude.

3. New York City prohibits the display of all natural Christmas trees in retail stores, as they are deemed a fire hazard. Nah, we’re not buying it- they probably just figured out how damn hard it is to clean up all the needles.

4. In Michigan, it’s illegal to transport a freshly cut Christmas tree on a car roof without having proof of sale. A bit specific, but ok; we’re all for preventing unnecessary tree hacking.