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War On Christmas? Slasher Santa Display

From those purveyors of innocent merriment at WNBC :

Antonio Martinez stops to snap a photo of a knife-wielding Santa Claus holding a bloody head on display outside the home of Mildred Castellanos and Joel Krupnik, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, in New York. Krupnik says the display is intended to call attention to the commercialization of Christmas.

Upper East Side Home Bedecked With Bloody Santa

December 13, 2005

NEW YORK — It was quite a sight in front of a multimillion-dollar Manhattan townhouse: a bloody-bearded Santa, holding a knife and the severed head of a doll — blood gushing from its eye socket.

The eerie display popped up outside Joel Krupnik and Mildred Castellano's East 18th Street home. The couple and their three children said they are protesting the commercialization of Christmas.

Krupnik and Castellano's 16-year-old daughter, Darla, came up with the idea for the bloody Santa. The family is Jewish and non-practicing, but they say they like putting up decorations for their kids.

The girl said she based her bloody Santa display on the movie "Silent Night, Deadly Night," the New York Post reported in Tuesday's editions.

Krupnik said the figure of Santa is not in the Bible, but, rather, a piece of Americana.

In addition to the Santa with the knife, the family's outdoor display includes a tree whose bare branches are adorned with beheaded Barbie dolls.

Of course if this display was meant to represent a certain kind of practitioner of the Religion Of Peace , it would have been pulled down and the family thrown into a (non-country club) gulag.

Mr. Krupnik knew he'd be safe ground mocking a piece of "Americana."

But for some reason I keep thinking of the phrase, "Blood Libel."


Speaking of "Blood Libel," here is another bit of Yuletide disfigurement, courtesy of WFTV.com:

Display Shows Bleeding Rudolph Hanging From Tree

December 15, 2005

ORLANDO, Fla. — A holiday display is getting some negative attention from neighbors. A homeowner's display in the Hunter's Creek subdivision features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer hanging from a tree.

One red light represents its nose and the rest appear to be blood draining from Rudolph's body. The display represents a hunting technique called field dressing, which is what hunters do to a deer they kill, but many neighbors say it disgusts them.

"It's just kind of sad for the kids, 'cause they see that and it's just not a very good example," said neighbor Kathleen McMahon.

"I don' think it's very nice at all. It's Rudolph and I think that's really nasty," said neighbor Bree McMahon.

The homeowner wouldn't talk to Channel 9 Wednesday night.

Neighbors said they just want the display taken down.

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