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Joel Krupnik and Mildred Castellanos seem to have got quite annoyed at the commercialisation and secularisation of Christmas. And so they’ve come up with some, ahem, ‘different’ decorations:

[They have] decked the front of their Manhattan mansion this year with a scene that includes a knife-wielding 5-foot-tall St. Nick and a tree full of decapitated Barbie dolls. Hidden partly behind a tree, the merry old elf grasps a disembodied doll’s head with fake blood streaming from its eye sockets.

And their exact justification for this?

“Christmas has religious origins,” he said. “It’s in the Bible. Santa is not in the Bible. He’s not a religious symbol.”

Of course, whether or not Christmas has religious origins largely depends on your point of view. Even if you accept that the Christmas story is a religious basis for Christmas, the celebration is very much a Roman thing, instituted by the Emperor Constantine when he was converted to Christianity.

And either way, these decorations don’t really spread any Christian message… But I guess they are quite funny.

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