Neighbors of Art Conrad are up in arms and demanding action after Conrad hoisted a crucified Santa over his house as a protest of the commercialization of Christmas. He also has a headless Santa singing carols on his front porch. The display in Washington state is likely protected speech despite the trauma to children and anger of neighbors.
Conrad appears to have a dark sense of humor and a deep dislike for the commercialization of the holiday. He insists that he is not anti-Christmas. Indeed, he send out Christmas card using a picture of the display with such messages as “Santa died for your MasterCard” and “Have a slightly demented Christmas.”
Ironically, the most common legal action around Christmas is directed at those who celebrate it too much — particularly with lights. If light displays cause increased traffic, the homeowner can be forced to shutdown the site or pay for police presence. Likewise, neighbors have been successful in some extreme cases in forcing moderation in the light displays.
This year in Boston a public official is trying to force a homeowner to carry such costs.
For the Boston story, click here
For another nuisance story out of Iowa, click here
For the picture and story of the Santa crucifixion, click here