November 9, 2001
11:42 AM   Subscribe

"Wouldn't it be wonderful if all across the US Americans had a patriotic Christmas Tree?" No, actually it wouldn't, but don't tell these folks and others who are selling patriotic Christmas ornaments.
posted by Outlawyr (13 comments total)
cha ching!
posted by moz at 11:50 AM on November 9, 2001

i personally wouldn't have any such ornaments on my solstice bush, but what exactly is so bad with this? (besides the crass commercialism which is already an earmark of the holiday.)
posted by danOstuporStar at 12:02 PM on November 9, 2001

Making money off a tragedy?
posted by Outlawyr at 12:16 PM on November 9, 2001

In Norway all xmas trees have little Norwegian flags all over them. I believe the same is true for Sweden and Denmark, but please correct me if I'm wrong; I'd be interested to know.

Since I grew up in Norway, flags on the xmas trees is a totally natural thing to me, and it just doesn't look like a perfect tree before the flags are on it.

Yet, when I think about this tradition, it doesn't really make a whole lot of sense, and it almost makes me a little uncomfortable.
posted by edlundart at 12:23 PM on November 9, 2001

What's wrong with a patriotic Christmas? It combines two of my favorite secular things. (Christmas is not a solely religious holiday and hasn't been for some time.)
posted by CRS at 12:35 PM on November 9, 2001

I don't see anything wrong with a "patriotic" Christmas...but I wouldn't do it. To me, Christmas is about continuity of life in an otherwise changing world. Each ornament that comes out of the boxes is a memory, of when it was first hung on the tree, who brought it for us.... There will be one or two new ornaments this year and our guests will bring one or two more, probably from far-away places they travelled to this year. I wouldn't turn down a flag if a friend brought it but I wouldn't get one myself.
posted by realjanetkagan at 1:00 PM on November 9, 2001

"Help us save the economy by buying crap from us so we don't go into bankruptcy for being such utter boobs!" Perhaps the real reason why we're in a recession is because buying stuff from these companies is akin to having one's head smashed out by a large brick with a slice of lemon. I ain't buying anything for anyone this Christmas, and am asking my friends and family members to not buy me anything. We help each other out when we can all year long. Why should 12.25 be any different?

I'm sick of Christmas being used as a marketing ploy, and will no longer be a part of it. Yay. JC is two thousand and one years old. Good for him. I'd send him a homemade birthday card, but don't know the address to heaven, and the post office might accidently get anthrax on the envelope anyway.

Hopefully by the time Christmas comes around I'll have a job and will have to work overtime on Christmas so I can get holiday pay.

Christmas. Bah. Humbug.
posted by ZachsMind at 1:41 PM on November 9, 2001

I was in Marshall Fields yesterday, and they are offering a line of Patriotic Christmas Cards - covered in flags, and dreadful beyond reckoning.
posted by kristin at 1:41 PM on November 9, 2001

What's wrong with a patriotic Christmas?

Er...some of us are Jewish?

Hmm. Perhaps Manischewitz is going to market its macaroons in red, white, and blue this year. Or we can arrange the latkes to look like the Stars n' Stripes. And play the dreidel game for flag decals instead of nuts! How about Chanukah gelt with wrappers urging kids to buy chocolate for the economy?
posted by thomas j wise at 3:15 PM on November 9, 2001

How about a Patriotic Jesus™, all dressed is swaddling flags...

Let's just move further and further away from any real meaning.
posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 4:28 PM on November 9, 2001

Jesus WOW!
posted by Optamystic at 5:50 PM on November 9, 2001

Perhaps the real reason why we're in a recession is because buying stuff from these companies is akin to having one's head smashed out by a large brick with a slice of lemon.

Commercialized Christmas is like a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster? Who knew?

I mean, I make a mean egg-nog, and I fair hot apple-cider with spiced rum, but I haven't noticed any lack of psycokinetic powers after drinking them.

Although, I have to admit that if anything could put a country into recession, it would have to be the wholesale consumption of Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters. It's just that you'd be pressed to find someone awake enough to give a damn.
posted by Hexaemeron at 10:08 PM on November 9, 2001

Oops. I misread your sentence. A Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster is like having your head smashed with a lemon wrapped around a large gold brick.

You must've been talking about something entirely different.
posted by Hexaemeron at 10:12 PM on November 9, 2001

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