But we've got to remember that all of this, that all these uses by stores and business of secular Christmas or generic "Holiday" themes, could be much, much worse. They could decide to sell their useless, cheap trinkets by commercializing and blaspheming the real Christmas story:
LOS ANGELES -- A clothing store on Robertson Boulevard is causing a stir with a new window display -- a nativity scene with very sexual undertones.
Madison clothing store, located at W. 3rd Street and Robertson Boulevard, has put up a nativity scene featuring a scantily-clad Virgin Mary sprawled on the ground with a glittery, golden baby Jesus in her lap.
Three wise men, looking more sexy than wise, surround Mary, carrying gifts from the store.
Some people have complained about the display, calling it risqué.
Warning: don't click on the link unless you're prepared to see one of the images being used by this business; I'd call it "blasphemous," because "risque" doesn't even remotely begin to describe how outrageous it really is.
Oh, but this is Los Angeles, after all. It's trendy to poke fun at religion. Not Islam, of course. Or Judaism. Or Buddhism. Or Scientology (especially not Scientology). Or the Kabbalah thing, or the various varieties of neo-paganism, or strange cults involving vegan sacrifice, ritualistic recycling, and supercilious smug chanting of the Greenpeace website motto. But Christianity--now, that's comedy gold. It's not like anyone takes that stuff seriously--well, nobody one knows, that is.
And from being the target of endless late-night jokes and endless movie smut, Christianity has now, in Los Angeles, become something which can be distorted offensively and then used to sell stuff--because isn't that the true meaning of Christmas?
Maybe it wasn't so bad when retailers just shoved secular Christmas kitsch at us relentlessly from late August to the end of December. At least the saccharine portrayals of Rudolph or Frosty aren't designed to blaspheme against God, insult His mother, mock His Incarnation, and offend all of His followers just to sell some trashy two-bit goods to the hopelessly trendy citizens of Los Angeles.