Friday, December 14, 2007

Now I'm Seen it All: Haiku Friday

I was shopping with the kids the other night in a funky local store. It's one we go to every year to pick out ornaments for the kids' teachers. (All you teachers out there, don't worry, we also contribute money toward the gift card each Christmas.)

I know that we've commercialized Christmas to no end. Each year, when I think it can't possibly get any worse, another Christmas comes to town. But this ornament shocked me to no end. I'm appalled by it.

Cradling Jesus
in his arms is bad enough.
But "Merry Xmas"?

Santa Claus really
has no place beside Jesus.
It's all about Him.

Truly, I'm shocked. And I talked to the owner about it, and he said he was as appalled as I was. In fact, he's the one who pointed out the "A Merry Xmas" after I was ridiculing the inclusion of Santa with Jesus. You won't catch me saying it's going to be even worse next year. This just can't be topped.

Merry Haiku Friday to you. Check out all the great poems there.


Cate said...

wow...that's really awful! santa holding baby jesus???

my mom has always detested "Xmas". seriously...who came up with that? it just sounds nasty!

great Haiku!

Patti said...

The very sad thing is that I'm not so sure that shocks me anymore. :(

Heidi Hyde said...

I would never claim to be religious- but that is offensive! are you sure it wasn't a commentary on the commercialization of Christmas? Terrible!

sandy shoes said...

I used to hate seeing "Christmas" as "Xmas," till I learned it's actually ancient, and that the X has honest roots in language.

Wikipedia says "In early Greek versions of the New Testament, the letter Χ (chi), is the first letter of Christ. Since the mid-sixteenth century Χ, or the similar Roman letter X, was used as an abbreviation for Christ. Hence, "Xmas" is often used as an abbreviation for Christmas."

Not that it makes the Santa/Jesus thing any less peculiar.

Anonymous said...

What an interesting post, and thanks for taking a photo of it.

In an ideal world, I would like a separation of the holy side of Christmas with the commercial side.

First, I love Jesus. Second, all kids love Santa, yes?

It is indeed curious that "X-mas" found its way there, too.

I agree with nothing noteworthy, sad that nothing shocks me much anymore, too.

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Oh brother. I doubt I would have even believe that had you not posted the shot. *le sigh*

What's next? Santa in the manger gangsta syle?

Melissa said...

appalling and sad......

Maddy said...

Do we get to remind you of this next year when you find something worse?
Best wishes

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Jen B said...

Oh my, that is appalling! Like it's not confusing enough for kids and they go and do that!
Here's my Christmas
Puts things in perspective doesn't it?

The Owners said...

Obviously the owner wasn't all that appalled - he still has it in his store.

I can't say that I've ever seen anything like it.

I think it's terrible, but the sick part of me would still like to buy it and put it on my holy roller aunt's Christmas tree, just to mess with her and see her reaction. Visitors in her home have to genuflect in certain parts of her house or ELSE!

Anonymous said...

Oh that is just WRONG! I'm glad you said something. "Xmas" just totally rubs me the wrong way. Because it's so wrong!

Tawanda said...

Now, that says something, no? Even I, an agnostic, will think of the context in which I am writing before shortening the word to Xmas.


Kelly said...

What Heidi's so outrageous, I can't believe it's for real!

Unknown said...

I hate to be the dissenter, but I have no problem with St. Nicholas holding the Baby Jesus. I don't see that as Santa. I see St. Nick all the way. And, although I don't think many people realize it, the X is a representation of the Greek Chi used for Christ. The word Christmas comes from Christ's Mass. i don't esp. like to see it written that way, knowing most people don't think of the Greek, but I think that could be the explanation. (Sorry for the History Teacher coming out)

Smiler said...

For some reason, Christmas seems to be an excuse for all things tacky. Some people are just clueless. Bet you someone will end up buying that. Enjoyed the haiku.

Linda said...

I have no problem with Santa holding Jesus because I absolutely hate it when someone is so lazy that they have to write XMas instead of Christmas. That is completely and totally wrong.

As for Santa holding the Baby Jesus, to be perfectly honest I'd rather see him holding Christ rather than a big bag of commercialized toys.

Toni said...

Oh, dear.

What else can I say?

Florinda said...

That ornament outdoes pretty much everything I've seen posted at the Cavalcade of Bad Nativities, and they've had some winners. Nothing that's mixed in Santa, though. Some people really aren't getting it, are they?

Melanie said...

Wow- that is TERRIBLE.

Maybe this will make you feel a little better. I recently learned that the "X" is the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of "Christ" in Greek. "X" stands for "Christ" in the ancient Greek acrostic. So, really the X does not take Christ out of Christmas.

Unknown said...

Unbelievable it has come to that, isn't it?

And I must say...your reference to demon spawn had me SPEWING my drink. Classic. :-)

Beck said...

That's just icky.

suchsimplepleasures said...

that's the most ridiculous looking picture! seriously though...i'm jewish and i find that picture pretty offensive!

Victoria said...

Oh. My. God. (for lack of a better phrase, HA!) That is so messed up.

jenica said...

unbelievable! is it so wrong that we don't even do santa in our house? my kids know who he is but i just can't bring myself to lie to my kids like that. i know, i'm a total scrooge!

here's my beef with santa (because it's late, i can't sleep, and this whole subject gets my panties in a tizzy):
1) i don't like the idea of having my children sit on some strange old man's lap. who ARE these guys?
2) i don't like the idea that once a year it's completely ok to let a stranger into the fact, let's leave him cookies! i don't let my kids answer the door if it's someone they don't know...
3)maybe i'm just selfish (probably), but if i have to hoof it to three different stores, beat some other woman off the toy i want... i want the credit for giving the gift!
4) i think that santa-christmas can cause greed in children. last year we gave half of their christmas money to they LOVED the idea of buying fruit trees for people.
5) i like christmas to be about christ and the gift of his atonement.

so yeah, maybe i AM crazy.

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Bea said...

I'm with Anglophile Football Fanatic - I don't think it's necessary to keep St. Nicholas and the baby Jesus separate. Santa/Xmas have both become synonymous with secularizing the holiday, but both St. Nicholas and the "X" were originally Christian.

Jillie Bean (AKA Bubba's Sis) said...

Yeah, I'd have a problem with that, too. Just as I have a problem with people who put the Nativity in their yard, with Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore in attendance, and Santa and Spongebob close by. Throw in a few candy canes and blinking lights and you've got yourself a Redneck Christmas, there!

Oh, and I hate those big inflatable yard decorations.

OK. I'm off my soapbox now.

SandyCarlson said...

I've seen the ornament of Santa kneeling at the manger. That image I find to be quite moving. This takes on the look of Christian iconography and places Santa in the usual spot His mother occupies. So that's weird. Somebody had a strange outing with Photoshop.

The X is shorthand for Christ (the Greek character for His name), but I don't think the goose who designed this deserves the credit. I think he (or she) opted for the letters that fit on the page!

That is a disturbing image.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is just nuts.

D... said...

Wow. That ornament is offensive on so many levels.


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