A new children’s book for 2017 depicts Santa Claus as a black man who’s married to a white Mr. Claus.
“Santa’s Husband” debuted on Oct. 10 and shows an interracial Claus living their lives in the North Pole, vacationing on the beach, getting married and working together to prepare for the Christmas season.
The book is written by “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” writer Daniel Kibblesmith. According to The Daily News, the idea for the book came from a tweet he wrote in December 2016 saying he Jennifer Wright (now his wife) decided their future child will only know about Black Santa, and White Santa would be his husband.
Me & @JenAshleyWright have decided our future child will only know about Black Santa. If they see a white one we'll say "That's his husband"— Daniel Kibblesmith 🧠⚔️🦖 (@kibblesmith) December 3, 2016
Kibblesmith said the response to the book has either been overwhelmingly positive or one-star reviews on Amazon: a love it or hate it effect.
The book was partly inspired by Megyn Kelly’s comments on her Fox News show in December 2013 where she said that Santa was white.