Sunday, December 25, 2005


I apologize for the lateness of the Crossover of the Week. Apparently, every so often I really am required to have a life. This past week there was the transit strike, the drudgery of writing out Christmas cards, and an early Christmas celebration in Connecticut with the family. Plus I had another project to finish - the thirteen part "Christmas Cracker" story for the Idiot's Delight Digest group on

Nevertheless, there was a crossover to celebrate the week before - a sequel actually, - and it's appropriate to make note of it now on Christmas morn.

On Dec. 17th, Hallmark showed "Meet The Santas" which was a sequel to "Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus". That TV movie was the netlet's highest-rated original movie ever.

In the new TV movie, Nick Claus and his intended, Beth Marshall, struggled to get married before Christmas Eve. (Apparently, it's some sort of by-law stipulation.) But complicating matters was Beth's tight-assed mother who almost ruined the festivities.

The idea that Nick's parents are the retired Sand and Mrs. Claus ties in nicely with the concept that there are many Santas serving in succession. This was also seen in the TV movie "Call Me Claus", but also "The Night Of The Meek", an episode of 'The Twilight Zone'.

Not that this version of the Santa story is to be actually linked with those stories. Santa Claus is a lot like Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, or Marilyn Monroe - every time you turn around, there's a new version on the Tube. So there are plenty of Santas to go around for all of the alternate dimensions.


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