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Rapid response to:

Analysis Christmas 2009: Christmas Fayre

Santa Claus: a public health pariah?

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 17 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5261

Rapid Response:

What no mince pies and sherry!!

On Christmas Eve, spurred on by the images in the article Santa
Claus: a public health pariah?(1) my two children aged 6 and 9 felt
prompted to take immediate action to help Santa Claus with his weight loss
program. Despite my protestations they insisted on leaving him a satsuma
and two hazelnuts, instead of the usual sherry and mince pies.
Santa Claus was still good enough to fill their stockings but I can't help
feeling he was a little hard done by!


1. Grills NJ, Halyday B. Santa Claus: a public health pariah? BMJ

Competing interests:
Stephen Harper has helped Santa Claus deliver presents to his children for several years now

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 January 2010
Stephen Harper
GP Partner
Mill Stream Surgery Benson OX10 6RL