Pros: jolly old elf. realistic fart sounds. funny comments
Cons: beyond irreverent. encourages us to disregard the historic Saint Nicholas
St. Nicholas, called "of Bari", was the Bishop of Myra in the Fourth Century. His Feast Day is 6 Dec. The great veneration with which this saint has been honored through time and the number of altars and churches which have been dedicated to his memory are testimonials to the Catholic belief in his holiness and of the glory which he enjoys with G-d.
In the West Nicholas is most widely known as the patron saint of children. In other parts of the world, however, St. Nicholas' chief patronage is that of sailors and ships. A list of all those for whom St Nicholas is the patron saint can be found at http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=45.
Do I believe the stories that surround the venerated Bishop? No, but I find value in the stories told about his life. Whether truthful or myths, they give us an example of how we should treat others. Though raised as a Jew and now a practicing Pagan, I wince when I see the disrespect with which our society treats Nicholas's image and memory. For many around the world, St Nicholas is still venerated. In our modern age, we have turned him into a cartoon character. In the case of this doll, he is a flatulent and rude cartoon character. Sorry, this one's not for me.
Anyone who has read my reviews knows that I don't object to items that imitate the sound of flatulence. Neither do I object to comments that farting dolls make. I strongly object to turning a religious icon into an object of derision.
This doll is as jolly an elf as Clement Moore could ever have imagined in his poem. Him smile spreads wide and open across his face. He has good reason to be smiling as he can break wind any time he wants. Just squeeze his finger, and he'll let loose with a loud and satisfying round of tushy music. He will follow that with one of several funny or snide comments about the gas he has passed.
He is loud enough to be heard at 10 ft. Over time, if you pull his finger enough, he will stop working. That said, it takes a lot of use to get to that stage.
I have a couple of friends who love noise makers and plush animals that produce flatulence sounds. It seems that neither of them has an issue with religious meaning here. They both absolutely adore their farting Santa dolls. One keeps hers out all year along with her Walter the Farting Dog plush animal. For those who see nothing wrong with combining Santa, the sound of breaking wind, and comments about how good letting loose feels or how his gas is what he's sending down the chimney...well, it's funny. And they love it. They would recommend it.
I'm a stick in the mud, however. I know that the modern perception of Santa Claus has as much to do with Saint Nicholas as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle named Leonardo has to do with Renaissance art. I still wince when his image is treated derisively. I thoroughly enjoy bathroom humor, but this one crosses the line for me from simple bad taste into out right offensive.