The Vanities Dare

  1. The Vanities Dare

    This month: The Department-Store-Santa Dare.

    illustration by Ross MacDonald January 2008

    One-Point Dares

    After your child has finished itemizing everything he or she wants for Christmas, press a dollar into Santa’s hand and say, “For your trouble.”
    2. Tell a mother and child waiting behind you that Santa’s throne is made of Blitzen.
    3. Rehearse your child so that when Santa asks what the tyke wants, he or she bursts into tears and says, “I just want Mommy and Daddy to be married again!”
    4. Using both hands, foist a squirmy toddler upon Santa while saying in an Eastern European peasant accent, “I bake just for you … I bake just for you … ”
    5. Wearing an airport-security badge and holding a Rubbermaid tub, stand at the head of the line and announce, “Nobody gets to see Santa unless they take off their shoes, take out their laptops, and dispose of all liquids that aren’t in three-ounce bottles!” Repeat every 30 seconds.
    Three-Point Dares

    1. Scrutinize Santa up and down, then ask witheringly, “Why do you have to dress like such a whore?”
    2. Show up in a rented red suit and false beard and announce to Santa, “You’re out, fatso. Manager’s making a little change.”
    3. Show up in a rented elf suit, pass Santa a résumé, and plead, “I really need this gig.”
    4. Get on both knees and snort the fake snow.
    5. Hold up a copy of Paula Deen’s memoir, It Ain’t All About the Cookin’, and say, “Don’t get me wrong, Santa, I admire you, but you did some bad **** to Mrs. Claus.”
    Five-Point Dares

    1. Tug down on Santa’s false beard, point at him in alarm, and scream, “Megan’s Law! Megan’s Law!”
    2. Sidle up to Santa and say conspiratorially, “Hey, I got the stuff.” Then drop a dime bag in his lap.
    3. Bow your head, perform a sign of the cross, address Santa as “Father Christmas,” and confess to having impure thoughts about someone within earshot.
    4. Dressed as a character from Pasolini’s 120 Days of Sodom, step up to Santa and announce, “I’ve brought the children, Master Claus, just as you requested.”
    5. Tell the gathered children that Rudolph is dead—his nose turned red because Putin poisoned him with polonium.

  2. OMG that's so funny! I know a few of my friends who would go for the 5 point dares!:nuts:
  3. This is by FAR my favorite!!!
  4. OMG :lol:

    I'm emailing this to my siblings... We all had Santa phobias when we were little and we still kinda hate him :shame: They'll love this!!!!
  5. LOL!!! I love this sort of dares because I'm completely shameless.
  6. (Can a Mod maybe edit the title of this thread warning people not to open this while children are in the room?)
  7. Oh, I would SO do some of these! Anyone want to meet me up at the mall? :graucho: