Christmas is over, but that doesn’t mean I’m done celebrating (also I messed up the timing on this post, but you didn’t hear that from me). For my last Woman Crush Wednesday of 2016, I’m focusing on a fictional lady who doesn’t get nearly as much recognition as she should: Mrs. Claus.
Santa’s better half is rarely in the spotlight, despite having been a part of Christmas lore since at least 1849. Most of the time, she’s in the background, baking cookies or making sure her jolly fellow is all ready to go on the big night. There have been a couple of instances where she gets a starring role – the whole premise of The Santa Clause 2 is that Tim Allen has to find a lady friend in order to continue being Santa and there’s a picture book that imagines what happens when she decides to take a vacation – but for the most part, she flies under the radar...just like a pre-red nosed Rudolf.
With all the millions of stories about Santa and his crew, we never find out the missus’s name. Personally, I’m inclined to side with Sally Brown and refer to Mrs. Claus as “Mary Christmas”, but I’m sure she has a REAL name, maybe something that’s not Christmas-y at all. Like Ellen. Or Patricia. I could go on, but you get the point (side note: I’m not the only one who’s curious about her identity). At least this year, the UK department store Marks & Spencer decided to give Mrs. Claus some credit with their #lovemrsclaus campaign (she’s so fabulous in this ad, oh my glob), and it’s high time we show her some love on this side of the ocean too.
We all know Santa would probably leave the North Pole without something important (a list of children or a sack of toys) if it weren’t for his wife, so I’m dedicating this post to the lady in red in all her cookie-making, toy-inspecting, elf-loving (not in a weird way) glory. Keep doing you, Mrs. Claus.