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-recordcautiously 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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James Walsh
Ethics: Reg Wants to Know
As I sit here and read the various issues surrounding our International I find it interesting the various positions my union brothers and sisters take based on competing influences. Whether it's the issue of ethics or the vote on the conference floor, I would hope our brothers and sisters across the International would want the…
2014-08-27 17:40:54
Mike
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
How and why are you comparing this to slavery? You do a disservice to every hard-working firefighter in FDNY, both white and especially black. It sounds like typical locker room crap. You think they did that because he's black? I'll bet they would have done it to the covering guy regardless of his color. Try…
2014-08-26 02:37:53
Eric Lamar
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
Hi, Greg. Not sure where you are from. New York has a population that is at least 50% non-white. FDNY is about 95% white. Something is amiss and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. Thanks. Eric
2014-08-26 01:16:42
Greg
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
This is why our employers have these "no tolerance" policies. The two guys that started this situation have not had their annual sexual harassment and hostile work environment refresher. Anyway the department I just retired from had only three black firefighters out of 110 the whole 21 years I was there. Does that automatically suggest…
2014-08-26 00:12:54
Tim Kash
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
This is not an article it's an opinion.
2014-08-25 22:57:21
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