HO, HO, HO: The Crucified, Death’s Head Santa

 

Christmas will never be the same again.

Loudoun County, Virginia, residents, some of them anyway, are up in arms over the appearance of a “Claustumed” skeleton with his arm casually draped over a wooden cross on the grounds of their County Courthouse.

There’s been “hell to pay” with charges that it is an attack on Christianity and spirituality, generally.  In fact, this rather grisly icon of Christmas Past has been the subject of repeated attempts to deface or remove it.

Amidst all the indignation about a skull, a cross and some bones, Claus himself has reacted with his legendary aplomb to the suggestion of  his early demise.

An elf speaking off-the-record cautiously revealed that Claus had got quite a ho, ho, ho out of the notion that he would ever be that svelte, even in death.

As to the purported rationale for the work, that it was a visual representation of the over-commercialization of Christmas, Claus mused that he “…Had seen it all before…  You folks want your gods but you also want your gifts–now, which is it?”

And of the use of the cross and the implications thereof, he said, with that priceless twinkle in his eye,  that he would have much preferred a manger as it would have offered a place to rest.

Then, shushing the chattering elves, he ambled back to work.

 

Sources: Washington Post, off-the-record elf and the Big Guy, himself.

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