A new children’s book will depict Santa as a gay black man in an interracial relationship, publisher Harper Design announced Tuesday.
Santa’s Husband will tell the story of a black Santa and his white husband, both of whom live and work in the North Pole. In the book, Santa’s spouse often fills in for his partner at mall appearances, which is why so many people assume old Saint Nick is white.
Daniel Kibblesmith, a staff writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, penned the Christmas parody after tweeting this past December that he would tell his future child that Santa was black.
“[We] have decided our future child will only know about Black Santa,” he wrote. “If they see a white one we’ll say ’That’s his husband'”
Me & @JenAshleyWright have decided our future child will only know about Black Santa. If they see a white one we'll say "That's his husband"
— Daniel "Kibblesmith" (@kibblesmith) December 3, 2016
On Tuesday, Kibblesmith tweeted a photo of the book’s original concept art, which shows the couple donning Santa suits while looking lovingly into each other’s eyes.
— Daniel "Kibblesmith" (@kibblesmith) March 28, 2017
Santa’s Husband is set for an October 10 release.