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Maybe I don’t understand Christmas…

This is in Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, BC.  Now, I consider myself pretty steeped in Christmas tradition.  I know who Saint Nicholas was.  I know where the modern images of Santa Claus comes from.  I’m pretty sure I know the pagan origins of the modern Christmas tree.  I get that lights on the tree used to be candles (can you say safety hazard?).  I understand the Christmas story well enough to know that the Magi should probably be somewhere in your kitchen if your nativity is in the living room because most accounts have them showing up to Mary and Joseph and Jesus sometime between the birth and second birthday of Christ.  I know that shepherds were the lowest of the low, making them the perfect messengers of the message that the savior of all had just been born.

What I don’t know how to explain is the freaking huge horse above.  Oh, I get that it looks like a rocking horse and that it might be a traditional Christmas gift, but who thought, “Hey, it’s Christmas.  We should build a gigantic horse and let parents and children ride in it.”  It seems like something that should be at a carnival, not in a Christmas display.  Why not a giant Rudolph?  Or a rocking sleigh?

Maybe I just don’t understand Christmas.

4 responses

  1. Marc,

    The reason it might be incomprehensible as a Christmas decoration is that it could be a TROJAN horse. Someone donates it to the mall; the mall makes it a focal point; one night thieves go on a MAJOR shopping spree; the police can’t figure out how the robbers got in.

    At any rate, with that viewing platform it’s about the UGLIEST oversized mall decoration I’ve ever seen. [http://thedailygraff.com/]

    December 28, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    • I totally agree on the “ugly” front. “Holy Crap!” was the first thing I thought when I saw this horse in the middle of the mall, with emphasis on the crap. I’m not a fan of malls at Christmas on a good day, and this just made me uncomfortable. I did not know how to categorize it. I should post the photo of the giant bird cage in which Santa entertained the masses. It made the horse look like the “good taste” option.

      December 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm

      • Obviously, there’s no “worst” to retail decorations. Somewhere out there someone is working on something even more gaudy. http://thedailygraff.com/

        December 29, 2010 at 5:28 am

  2. Yeah well, North America, what else is there to say?

    December 28, 2010 at 9:40 pm