Santa Has Been Perverted

Some guy named Art Conrad in Washington state thinks that Christmas has been commercialized too much. I can’t say as I disagree with him. But his way of demonstrating that leaves me scratching my head. He’s crucified Santa Claus.

Art Conrad has an issue with the commercialism of Christmas, but instead of just shunning the malls and turning off his television, he’s decided to share his distaste with his West Bremerton neighbors by displaying a 15-foot crucifix bearing Santa Claus in place of Jesus.

“Santa has been perverted from who he started out to be,” Conrad said. “Now he’s the person being used by corporations to get us to buy more stuff.”

So he’s not really worried about how society has twisted the meaning of Christmas. But rather how society has twisted the meaning of Santa Claus.


I think he’s thinking wrongly – on many levels. I’ll get into the most fundamental way below. But I think he’s wrong even in how the meaning of Santa Claus has been changed. He’s always been about stuff. It is only natural that retailers would use his image to get us to worry more about stuff. But enough of that.

Our concern ought to be about how the real meaning of Christmas has been perverted and how we, as individuals and as a nation, have walked away from God and His Son, Jesus Christ. We ought to be concerned about studying why Jesus left the side of His Father in heaven to live and walk on this earth just so He could be rejected by the people of this world and killed for showing us His love. We ought to be concerned about how we respond to that gift – the greatest gift anyone could ever be given.

I’m sure that many families will consider that over the next few days. But I’m also certain that many more will not. And that’s sad.

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