So, last year I posted the Christmas Noah’s Ark and called it the abomination that it truly is. But Americans are creative and industrious people. So this year I present the Santa at the Manger figurine.
So here’s the thing. I originally was going to post this simply because I thought it was a wonderfully atrocious new creation of American kitschy-ness. But then I did a little google search for “Santa+manger” and found that, no, this was not the first time this has been created. In fact, Santa at the manger figurines are all over the place and have been for years. There’s even www.santaatthemanger.com which seems to be the main site for a childrens book.
There’s a whole host of reasons this kind of stuff bothers me.
On some level it’s just asking for basic critical thinking to be applied to it. Such as when your kid inevitably asks you why you believe one of these characters is real and the other is imaginary but yet you still put them in the same plaster scene together.
Perhaps it’s more selfish than that. I kind of like my religious things to stay religious and my secular things to stay secular. Yeah, I know it’s compartmentalization, but it’s just easier that way.
Oh, and for the record, it’s the beginning of October, Christmas shouldn’t be here yet. If I were going to lobby congress for anything, one of the highest on the list would be to outlaw Christmas stuff in stores before thanksgiving. It’s just plain wrong, I TELL YA!
Ok, the rant is over. Go back to what you were doing.