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Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 12/27/2011

Christmas controversies: The holiday in review

To your great disappointment or relief, Christmas is over — and with it, these minor grievances that accompanied the holiday season.
(Screengrab, Best Buy)

Santa is mean: Hank Stuever pointed out that Christmas commercials have an especially nasty tone this year, with moms taunting Santa about their shopping prowess as he emerges from the chimney. Though several commercials were singled out for their Grinchy attitude, most Washington Post readers agreed in a poll that Best Buy was the worst offender.

Santa is the 1 percent: In a UNICEF commercial from Sweden, Santa is the Grinch: “I don’t do poor countries,” he declares. His attitude makes a point about remembering the needy around the holidays, but some found the “war on Santa” needlessly punitive.
(Screengrab, UNICEF on YouTube.)

Justin Bieber destroys Christmas: Bieber updated the Mariah Carey classic “All I Want for Christmas is You” in a “SuperFestive!” new music video that is basically a four-minute commercial for Macy’s. Bieber also flirts with sexy Santa Carey, even though she is old enough to be his mother.

Justin Bieber destroys Christmas AND steampunk: In his second attempt to spread Christmas cheer, Bieber made a music video of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” which had an inexplicable steampunk theme (Steampunk, for the uninitiated, is a literature and cosplay genre that imagines life in an science-fiction-inspired era where steam power is still used). Fans of the subculture wailed that Bieber had “murdered” steampunk, and also that the video was terrible.

Rick Perry summons the ‘War on Christmas’: Through a campaign ad that insinuated a liberal war on Christmas, Rick Perry inspired hundreds of Twitter users to chime in with dispatches from an imagined war on Christmas, in which elves served as snipers and mistletoe concealed makeshift bombs. Read a chronicle of the war at #xmaswardiary.

Skeleton Santa hangs on a cross: Now here’s a real Christmas controversy.

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