We’re only four months into 2017 and the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community continues to reach new heights with the announcement of an upcoming children’s book called Santa’s Husband.
On March 28th, HarperCollins Publishers announced that they plan to release a parody children’s book that will feature Santa Claus as a black man in an interracial same-sex relationship. Santa’s Husband will tell the story of Santa’s day to day life in the North Pole, but instead of the typical Mrs. Claus, Mr. Claus will be accompanied by his white husband who occasionally fills in for him at shopping malls around the world.
Daniel Kibblesmith, a comedy writer on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and co-writer of How to Win at Everything (2013), will be writing the book. Kibblesmith told Huffington Post that he got the idea for the book last Christmas after the Mall of America received severe backlash for having a black Santa. He originally made a joke about the idea on Twitter, but after his tweet generated over 3,000 retweets and 8,000 likes he realized, “there was genuine interest in this book becoming a reality.”
Kibblesmith wants readers to take away “warm Christmas-y feelings and a good night’s sleep” from the book, and for the prospective critics – “everything is OK.” He believes that Santa Claus is left to be created by our own imaginations and traditions, and he hopes that the book will ultimately become a household favorite “for couples and new families who are looking to begin their own kinds of holiday traditions.”
Santa’s Husband will include illustrations by A.P. Quach like the one below which shows the couple, both dressed in Santa suits, gazing happily into each other’s eyes. The book is set to release on October 10th and is intended for all ages.