Merry Christmas 2007

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Tuesday, December 25th, 2007 at 11:08 am

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It takes an American to crucify Santa for Christmas: in Washington state, a man called Art Conrad did so, to protest against the excessive commercialisation of Christmas, which, once upon a time, was the supposed celebration of Jesus’ birth.

In fact, does nowadays Christmas’ materialism lead to Jesus’ suffering on a man made cross again? Doesn’t the purchase of presents, paid with one’s own hard earned cash translate into Christ’s teaching to Love one another? Don’t the family gatherings resemble Christ’s Last Supper? And what about the pretty decorations and the colorful lights, don’t they also bring a divine touch?

Medias lead us to think we’re above paegan celebrations like rejoycing because days are now getting longer or partying because this is the Moon of the Renewal of the Earth! We assume that all’s fine in the best of worlds, that the economy is rolling, that we share the Christmas spirit…

But what about all the lonely people, those who die with their names as their sole companion, as the Beatles sing? For example, one third of Montrealers live alone; how many of those will see their family today, exchange presents or share a meal? On the other hand, how many people will bust their credit cards, just to impress upon their family or friends that they live a successful, wealthy life and are of a generous nature? If only Spring could get here.

2 Responses to “Merry Christmas 2007”

  1. Félix GG Says:

    Le plus drôle dans cette histoire c’est le fait que l’homme a envoyé, en guise de carte de Noël, des photos de son oeuvre avec, marqué au verso, “Santa Claus is dead for your Visa’ card!”…

  2. Djeault Says:

    Well, Félix, comments in this blog aren’t numerous, as in yours, for example, but each of them is precious: thanks! Definitely, Mr. Art Conrad has both an original name and also an original sense of humor.

    I wonder if the first time someone crucifies Santa like that? Whether or not, I bet you that his idea, now known by thousands, even millions of people, thanks to Google News, will give birth to other replicas of this funny concept: we shall see…

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