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Published:December 6th, 2010 00:26 EST

Hundreds Of Santas Go Bar Hopping In San Francisco! Merry Christmas!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Hundreds of Santas fanned out over San Francisco and drank to good cheer in an annual tradition this weekend, bar employees said.


The revels of SantaCon, when people dress up in Kris Kringle and elf costumes, got under way Saturday afternoon and went on into the night, the Bay City News Service reported.

The event, which began in San Francisco in 1994, was loosely coordinated with a list of bars and times to convene posted on a blog. UPI

There are many dubious events held each year to commemorate Christmas; I`ve heard of strippers performing Santa lap dances and the Santa Speedo run where near-naked runners freeze to support the Chicago Diabetes Project.

But Santa.Con is as Christmas as a Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas." It`s a fact that 99.99 percent of department store Santas are winos trying to earn extra bucks to buy a few bottles of Thunderbird.

The natural habitat of Santa is a dive, what better way to pay homage to Jolly Old St. Nick than by going bar hopping?

The fake Santas will meet a lot of real Santas drinking away their paycheck at the bars. If I still lived in San Francisco I would don my Santa`s hat and join the festivities.

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