Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
The Christmas season is gaining momentum and the malls are filling with holiday décor, shoppers, and center aisle vendors. It’s a crowded scene and kids are squirming in their parent’s tight grasp as they make their way to the Santa display. Families dressed in red and green matching outfits are a common sight. You might think it’s too soon, but the Christmas photo isn’t going to take itself and with only 6 weekends before Christmas, this is the time to take your family pictures so the online Christmas card order can be sent.
This year, families in North Carolina were not pleased as they approached a new display in the middle of their mall. Instead of a giant Christmas tree decked with ornaments and ribbons to anchor Santa on his elaborate throne, there was a giant glacier. A Holiday Glacier!
With a structure resembling a space ship more than any arctic tundra, managers were struggling to assure their patrons that a Santa under a snowdrift is the new “tradition.” This was the statement they released:
“SouthPark is thrilled to be among the first wave of Simon centers to receive the new ‘Glacier’ Santa experience. The reinvented and modernized experience will bring the Charlotte community together in a way that hasn’t been done before. Simon values tradition, and that’s exactly why we wanted to refresh and modernize our holiday experience at SouthPark to keep the tradition fresh and exciting. This new experience will delight our shoppers and their families with fun and interactive elements, including a sound and light show every 30 minutes. We’re aiming to create a magical experience – something truly different and fun for families to enjoy together this year and for years to come.”
Well, the customers weren’t buying it! The Glacier turned to slush. Customers started a new campaign, #BringBacktheTree and 25,000 people signed the online petition on change.org. It didn’t take long for the management to see that in this age of technology and gadgets, people really prefer the time-honored traditions of the Christmas holiday.
Are you a traditionalist when it comes to your Christmas decorations? Are you looking for a new way to adorn your home? Share some of your decorating traditions and photos with us in the comments below.
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