The ABC seems to have dusted off rather a lot of Louis Theroux for the Christmas holidays. And isn't he a funny little sausage?
The other night, Louis brought together some very different people in New York in the lead-up to Christmas 1997. He set them some group activities and individual challenges. Not surprisingly the very innocent looking porn star and fundamentalist Christian nutcase bully did not see eye-to-eye.
The fundamentalist Christian nutcase bully (amusingly, called Randy) took particular exception to dressing up in Santa costumes and collecting money for charity, arguing Santa was more Satan. Which does not agree with the generally accepted history of Saint Nicholas, but that's an argument for another day.
He blustered about Satan Claus (ho, ho, ho, ahem) and complained that children, when presented with a choice between Santa and Jesus, would choose Santa.
Well, no wonder, thought Prudence. With Jesus, the only way one finds out whether one's efforts were worthwhile is when one dies. With Santa, there's reliable feedback every year.