Misguided Christians With Too Much Time On Their Hands.

Come up with ideas like this:

It’s called a CHRIST-mas tree.

The manufacturer, Boss Creations, is based out of Nashville. The “About Us” page from its web site states, “It is our mission to help you bring the Word of God into your home during the Christian holiday seasons.” It continues,

In recent years, our Christmas holiday has been made to become a generic holiday for all religions with many being forced to call it a “Holiday” season instead of Christmas season. We, as Christians, must take a stand and rescue our religious holiday. We at Boss Creations believe that one way to do this is to decorate with more Christian-themed holiday decorations including The CHRIST-mas Tree.

Several other commentators have already covered much of the terrain here. Matthew Paul Turner, representing Christians who are embarrassed by this kind of stuff, plays it for yuks ( “How do you put Christ back into Merry CHRISTmas? By crucifying your Christmas tree, that’s how!”); Bill Berkowitz offers a slightly more reportorial take on the Religion Dispatches blog; and Hendrik Hertzberg makes a thoughtful, pro-Christmas case on behalf of those who aren’t Christians. We’ll add only this:

The idea that spending more money will put Christ back into Christmas is, simply, stupid. It’s also cynical, manipulative and — at least in the case of the CHRIST-mas tree — aesthetically hideous. If anyone truly believed that purchasing Boss Creations’ products would further benefit the Kingdom of God, may we make one simple suggestion: If you’re going to spend $299.99, spend it on people who won’t be giving you gifts back.


12 thoughts on “Misguided Christians With Too Much Time On Their Hands.

  1. I think they’ve got too much money on their hands as well. $300 for that?

    Maybe this opens the wrong door, but…

    The whole “we’re persecuted for our beliefs and marganilized” argument from some Christians drives me up the wall. It’s the same as 30 year old white guys complaining about losing their rights.

    For those that don’t know, I’m a 30(ish) year old white guy and I feel that my rights are doing just fine.

  2. We didn’t want to open the theological door too wide regarding a shamefully opportunistic commercial item such as the CHRIST-mas tree (since all it really deserves is to be laughed at). But since Mike used the ‘p’ word, we’ll add just one more thought:

    Christians who feel persecuted about things such as a perceived “War on Christmas” need to spend a few quiet moments with the Beatitudes. The spirit of Matthew 5:1-12 is not one of “taking a stand” and “rescuing”; it is one of meekness and peacemaking. Our culture is already rampant with needlessly combative “taking a stand” mentalities; Christians would be wise to get off that treadmill.

    The Boss Creations web site says, “Our new tree and decorations ideas will not only help to enhance our celebration of the Christmas holiday but will help to enlighten those who may decorate for Christmas but may not be ‘Christians.'” Regrettably, this is yet one more example of Christendom’s impressive capacity for condescension. Those who may not be “Christians” will not look at the CHRIST-mas Tree and think, “Huh, I wish to be enlightened by this unusual-looking and very expensive product!” They will think, “Wow, my Christian friend who owns this is even more batshit crazy than I thought.” And then they will mentally note to never speak about faith around that person ever again.

  3. I’d also like to point out that if we are getting back to the “true meaning of CHRIST-mas” those presents under the CHRIST-mas tree better be for Jesus…

    voreblog- you know how to get me fired up- a pet peeve we agree on, sanctimonious christians that miss the point entirely. I bet they are Republicans too… heyoh!

    1. Hey now … we didn’t say that.

      We’re glad the CHRIST-mas tree is something that can unite Republicans and Democrats alike.

      1. I know it’s poor form to discuss politics and religion, but they’re my two favorite subjects… it’s a wonder I’m still single.

  4. In an effort to enlighten you, voreblog, my gift to you this CHRIST-mas season is to begin a Bible-verse-a-day campaign. It’s the gift that keeps on givin… Here is your first installment:
    No one whose testicles are crushed or whose male organ is cut off shall enter the assembly of the Lord. Deuteronomy 23:1

  5. Next installment:
    Elisha left Jericho and went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, a group of boys from the town began mocking and making fun of him. “Go away, baldy!” they chanted. “Go away, baldy!” Elisha turned around and looked at them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of them. 2 Kings 2: 23-24

  6. If Bible Verse a Day could become a consistent thing, I might, MIGHT, have a reason to get out of bed every morning.

    *speed reads Sylvia Plath, opens oven*

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