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Mall Ditches Santa’s Christmas Village, Hides Him in Glacier Display

Mall Ditches Santa’s Christmas Village, Hides Him in Glacier Display

“Looks more like something out of ‘Star Trek'”

We’re all familiar with the annual attempts to clamp down on Christmas.  Be it schools banning Christmas songs, Obama’s VA banning Christmas carols and cards for veterans, schools removing Christmas from calendars, or outrage and fainting vapors over the mere of sight of a Christmas tree, we expect this barrage of intolerant insanity each year.

This year, it seems, will be no different.  A mall in Long Island, worried about offending people with the sight of Santa, decided to set up a glacier display and barricade Santa within it.

The New York Post reports:

A Long Island mall swapped Santa’s sleigh for something resembling a spaceship and nixed the Christmas tree because it didn’t want to “offend” anyone, irate shoppers told The Post.

The Roosevelt Field Mall ditched its traditional holiday village and put Ol’ Saint Nick inside a winter-themed “glacier” instead. But some say the white and blue display looks more like something out of “Star Trek” than “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

“Santa comes along with a decorated tree; he doesn’t come with a spaceship,” Maria Lovdahl fumed.

The Williston Park mother of two was shopping Thursday night when she spotted the apparently futuristic Santa photo kiosk.

“Me and my husband looked at each other and said, ‘What is that?’ ” Lovdahl recalled. “They said it was because people were offended by the traditional Christmas display, that they had gotten comments in prior years.”

Apparently, the mall relented in the face of the backlash and quickly placed Christmas trees at the display.

The NY Post continues:

By Saturday afternoon, workers claimed a large Christmas tree would be up in about two or three weeks, and three small trees with white lights — but no decorations — were standing next to Santa.

There were no Christmas wreaths or other typical holiday decor, and Santa’s helpers weren’t elves, but regular folks with red ties covered in white snowflakes. While the sound of ringing bells was in the air, no traditional carols played.

Shopper Cathy Corbett wasn’t impressed, comparing Santa’s workshop to “George Jetson’s pad.”

The backlash and subsequent retreat by the Long Island mall are heartening, and I hope that we continue pushing back against this Grinch-like behavior.

[Featured image via The New York Post]

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Same thing in Charlotte. Southpark Mall relented after an outcry.

If the mall didn’t want to decorate for the Christmas holiday, that would be ok with me. But don’t hide it, or be ashamed of it, or pretend it not what it is—by hiding Santa.

The Friendly Grizzly | November 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

I find this whole thing as crazy as everyone else here, but, do we really have to have Christmas stuff out and pushed this soon? It was going on in my area (Las Vegas Valley) before Halloween.

They are trying to KILL Santa!!! Right there in the mall!!!

Glaciers calve, and if a person is in the wrong place, they can be killed. They have Santa in a very precarious location, right under an overhanging ledge of ice in that glacier.

MURDERERS!

OTOH, I thought that glaciers were receding? Why is there a glacier in a mall in Long Island, if they are truly disappearing?

I ask. You decide.

Conservative Beaner | November 8, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Santa’s Log

PC date 1107.15

I’ve been relegated to new surroundings, sterile to what I had before. No Elves, no Santa’s helpers and no Nativity scene.

How long before I am looked upon as a symbol of capital greed and striped of my outfit.

I think the coal industry will be saved by the amount of coal I will be putting in stockings this year.

santa out.

It would help if people would stop buying so many Christmas gifts. Go back to homemade and giving just one gift. Money talks, bull walks.

    People definitely should stop Christmas shopping at malls that eschew Christmas. Hurt their bottom line. They might learn (though Hollywood never does).

Next year they’ll have him in a keffiyeh sticking his butt in the air and facing Mecca.

A “Glacier Experience”?

Seriously?

The idiot who came up with that dumbass idea needs to be publicly shamed.

Glacier Experience?
I thought that man made global warming melted all the glaciers and killed the penguins and polar bears? Oh my!

The scrooge management is alive and well at the mall!

OHHH! I saw a Liberal Politician… I feel faint…. Oh! Please pass me the smelling salts! (Trigger Warning)

They always claim some “one” was offended, they never claim that m
any people were objecting. Please take your business else where.
Even if there are many objecting, do not offend them with your patronage.

Not be overlooked is Starbucks, who leaves out anything Christmas-y from their “Holiday” cups other than the red color, to lessen the offense to some:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/10/business/starbuckss-red-holiday-cups-inspire-outcry-online.html?_r=0

The end of civilization as we know it?

Or should we just hang some of those cups on the ornament-free tree along with garlands of popcorn and cranberries on a string?

buckeyeminuteman | November 10, 2015 at 10:50 am

Maybe the better option is to not decorate for Christmas the day after Halloween. I too am offended…that Thanksgiving doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Keep the Christmas crap in the closet until December!

But some say the white and blue display looks more like something out of “Star Trek” than “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

“Rudolph with your nose so bright…..
……Energize!”

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