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I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 13 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

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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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