As someone not as connected to the spiritual side of Christmas (is Santa connected to the spiritual side of Christmas?), this ad for “Boost Mobile” is funny, definitely a good visual image to convey the message of “wrongness”, although I hope it doesn’t run during Saturday morning cartoons!
How does this, or does it, fit into the “War on Christmas?” If the American Family Association is taking the Gap to task for highlighting several seasonal holidays in their advertising, I wonder how they feel about an adulterous Mrs. Claus?
Oddly enough, as a Jewish Woman, I have been in charge of “holiday” decorations for 15 of just over 20 years of professional life, 7 for Boston’s famous Newbury Street, and another 8 for O’Hare and Midway Airports in Chicago. While wreaths, red bows, Christmas trees and giftwrapped packages were often the fare (although the gift wrapped boxes were nixed post 9-11) the language was always “Happy Holidays.”
Not because I’m anti-Christmas. I respect and am always interested in other cultural traditions. It’s just that I don’t know what you celebrate without engaging in dialogue, so for public messaging, the more generic term cast the widest net.
What do you think?