A new children’s book, coming out for Christmas this year, will depict Santa Claus as a gay black man in an interracial relationship.
Harper Design, a member of the HarperCollins publishing group, confirmed the book — titled “Santa’s Husband” — to Time earlier this week. The book goes on sale Oct. 10 and will tell the story of a black Santa and his white husband, both of whom live in the North Pole.
Santa’s husband, according to the description of the book, frequently fills in for Old St. Nick at shopping malls.
The picture book was penned by Daniel Kibblesmith, a staff writer for CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and the co-auther of the book “How to Win at Everything.” The inspiration for the book came from a tweet he sent out in December.
Over the holidays, Kibblesmith posted to Twitter that he would tell his future children that Santa was black. If his kids see a white Santa, which is very likely to happen, the writer said he’ll simply tell them, “That’s his husband.”
Harper Design said the book is intended for people of all ages.
Denny Burk, a professor of biblical studies at Boyce College, the undergraduate school of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, concluded that no area is “off-limits” in today’s increasingly secular society.
“I guess we already knew that no area would be off-limits in the cultural revolution before us, but this one is still quite sad,” he wrote.
Others chimed in on social media, too.