A very LaFlamme Christmas

December 15, 2005 at 2:45 pm (Uncategorized)

We’ve all heard the Christmas story about the man who tried to surprise his family by coming down the chimney dressed as Santa. Such a nice idea. They found the body weeks later when it began to smell. The man had broken his neck on the slide down the chute and became lodged in there. Such a warm story. It’s my favorite of the Yuletime season.
We all know that every day is Halloween in LaFlamme Land. Here’s another nice story that plays on that theme.
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s usually easy to tell where a person stands in the culture wars, but whose side is someone on when his Christmas decor is a blood-spattered Santa Claus holding a severed head?
Joel Krupnik and Mildred Castellanos decked the front of their Manhattan mansion this year with a scene that includes a knife-wielding 5-foot-tall St. Nick and a tree full of decapitated Barbie dolls. Hidden partly behind a tree, the merry old elf grasps a disembodied doll’s head with fake blood streaming from its eye sockets.
In a telephone interview Wednesday, Krupnik explained that his family thought it would be a fun way to make a comment about the commercialization and secularization of Christmas.
“It is a religious holiday, but they have turned it into a business. And it shouldn’t be,” he said. “We didn’t put it up to offend anybody. It was just something that came out of our imagination.”
More than a few people passing by the brownstone were a little puzzled about the message behind the massacre. There were a few signs the macabre theme is a year-round thing – the facade of the building was covered with leering gargoyles. A statue of Death, hooded and grim-looking, stood outside.
Peter Nardoza, 81, of Manhattan, shook his head and chuckled.
“Sick, sick, sick,” he said. “What kind of a world is this that we live in?”
Ronnie Santiago, a deliveryman on his route, speculated that something bad must have happened once to the homeowner at Christmas. A few spectators wondered whether the campy gore would bother children.
The family is far from the only one making an editorial comment this year on how Americans celebrate Christmas, although it may be the only one doing it by depicting Santa Claus as a killer.
Pope Benedict XVI complained this week that Christmas festivities have been “subjected to a sort of commercial pollution.” Christian conservatives have launched campaigns to reintroduce a religious component to Christmastime decor in schools and public squares, chiding even President Bush this year for sending out cards wishing supporters a happy “holiday season.”
But despite the home’s gruesome exterior, some visitors appreciated it.
Bucky Turco, 31, of Manhattan, said the display captured how he felt when watching someone costumed as SpongeBob SquarePants promote products at Rockefeller Center.
“This is brilliant,” said Turco.
Walter Garofalo, a musician from Brooklyn who wandered by wearing a black bandanna covered in skulls, was awe-struck.
“I wonder if these people would let me use this as our next album cover,” he said. “It’s perfect!”


  1. Nails said,

    It’s a free country, they can do what they want. Maybe if I didn’t have a child, I would do the same damned thing.

    Christmas has become all about the Benjamin’s baby! And it’s sick…sicker than their “holiday” display.

  2. Mark LaFlamme said,

    I agree, Nails. But Christ, is that Santa Claus creepy. Hold me…just hold me.

  3. Nails said,

    Haha, sheesh, being the lover of gore that you are…you certainly can be wimpy! To think all this time I was sure you were describing YOUR house in this blog! You disappoint me.

    PS: Love your use of the word “Christ” — seeing as it is so close to CHRISTmas and all.

  4. Mark LaFlamme said,

    You’ve seen photos of my room, haven’t you? Part of it will be shown in the Sun Journal tomorrow. Look for it. I can send you other pics after that.

  5. fizzlefart said,

    Tell me it ain’t so that Mark is wimpy! Now that I think about it, you are.

  6. auto joe said,

    i like riding in cars!

  7. Communicate Insurance said,

    Very interesting site… I wish I could build one like yours!nancy

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