Downton Abbey fans must have been very good this year because we’ve got quite the holiday treat! Beloved butler Mr. Carson has been transformed into Santa Claus. We repeat: Mr. Carson is Santa!
Jim Carter, the famously deep-voiced Brit who plays Carson, recently donned Saint Nick’s famous red jacket for an acting gig that has him looking a little worse for wear. As Father Christmas in Greenpeace’s “Save the Arctic” campaign, a bedraggled Jim warns about the dangers posed by global warming.
“For some time now, melting ice here at the North Pole has made our operations and our day-to-day life intolerable and impossible,” Santa says from what looks to be his workshop’s gloomy emergency bunker. With water dripping in the background and a spotlight full in his face, the not so jolly Kris Kringle shares news almost on par with the shock Downton gave us last December 25: Because of global warming, Christmas may have to be canceled.
“I have written personally to President Obama, President Putin, all world leaders,” he continues. “Sadly, my letters have been met with indifference. Needless to say these individuals are now at the top of my naughty list.” That’s going to be particularly bad news for Obama whose wife Michelle is a well-known fan of Downton.
Although we’re sure Mr. Carson wouldn’t approve of Santa Claus’s ragged attire and stained beard, we do think he’d appreciate one thing: Even when met with a crisis like global warming, Father Christmas retains a certain air of dignity.