12/23/07

Santa on Cross Protests Commercialism.

BREMERTON, Wash. —

Art Conrad has an issue with the commercialism of Christmas, and his protest has gone way beyond just shunning the malls or turning off his television. The Bremerton resident nailed Santa Claus to a 15-foot crucifix in front of his house.
"Santa has been perverted from who he started out to be," Conrad said. "Now he's the person being used by corporations to get us to buy more stuff."
A photo of the crucified Santa adorns his Christmas cards, with the message "Santa died for your MasterCard."
The display is also Conrad's way of poking fun at political correctness. He believes people don't express their feelings because they're afraid of what other people might think.
His neighbors found the will to express their feelings this past week. Some were offended but many were just curious.
Jake Tally walked by on Friday and chuckled, but didn't pretend to understand the message.
"I don't really know what to think. I know it's about God but Santa has nothing to do with it," he told the Kitsap Sun newspaper.

1 comments:

  • Zandranna said....

    Christmas has become far too comercialised but then hasnt everything nowadays. But then I suppose you can't really blame the companies for this because they are only providing a demand.

    It's up to each one of us individually to stop it or at least reduce it.

    We buy far more than we ever really need.

    I for instance relised many years ago that the card industry had got really greedy over here with the price of cards and likewise since our postal service was privatised the price of stamps have gone up so much it's cheaper to send a text, so I stopped a very long time ago sending Christmas cards. They are total and absolute waste of money. Why make the rich richer.

    We all agreed years ago that us adults would stop spending a fortune on each other at Christmas and for many years now it has been only fun token gifts we give. It makes it sooooo much harder to choose pressies for each other because we really have to look around for something fun to suit a specific person.

    Children are different because we all love to give our kids as much as we can possibly afford at this time of year to make it special for them. But even then a lot of people will spend a fortune on their kids but wouldn't dream of getting down on the floor or around a table with them to play the games they have bought for them.

    Presents can't replace the time we give our kids.

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