Wow!! You guys are really tough.

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Wow!! You guys are really tough. I don’t really understand what all the fuss is about. The decorations may not be your idea of what should have been used on the tree but I know one little girl that couldn’t be more proud of her ornament. She doesn’t consider it junk or trash.
Maybe we should remember the tree is a symbol of Christmas. The birth of Christ. Born in a manger, around common barn animals. There was nothing extraordinary about it’s location or surroundings. When you think about it logically don’t you think the manger was messy, dirty and smelly? Yet on that day at that very simple place a miracle occurred. Maybe we should try looking at the tree and its ornaments as a very simple symbol of a holiday that started in a very simple way.

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  1. As the saying goes, you can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig.

    Children will think any thing they create is good. It is up to adults to give them a perspective.

    If you tell a child that his/her ornament mad of garbage is beautiful they will believe you.

    Children believe just about anything, otherwise there would be no Santa Claus.

  2. AMEN!

  3. Children will think any thing they create is good. It is up to adults to give them a perspective.

    Thank you, Scrooge, for trying to impose your perspective on our children.

  4. Kids also try to serve you mud pies. Oh, I forgot, “It’s all about the children!” routine.

  5. The Christmas Tree does not have its origins in the celebration of the birth of Christ. Rather its origins were one of celebration and splendor, yes splendor as in:
    “a very ancient custom in Germany, a remnant of the splendid and fanciful pageants of the middle ages.”

    The words splendid and fanciful do not suggest your idea of the Christmas tree as humble and common so that junk and trash could become acceptable as appropriate accessories. You’re just plain wrong on this one.

  6. Your girl is, as you said , little. Hopefully, by the time she’s older she’ll be able to tell the difference between decorations and garbage, recyclable or otherwise. No matter how humbly the tree started, even those “primitive” people did not throw trash on it.

    This is “The Emperor’s New Clothes” , but it’s not an emeperor, but a Christmas tree, and it’s not bare (which would have been preferable) but covered in garbage. No matter who did it, yougurt lids strung on a string are not decorative. We’re not harsh, we’re discerning.

    Please tell your little girl that had she tried to do this on the outside of your home, chances are that your neighbors would have complained to you, and you would have gotten a citation for sure.

  7. It was OK to try something new. Next year we can do things better.

    Admit your mistake and let’s get back to the way it should be. Stop defending change for the sake of change.

  8. You people are ridiculous!

    And they wouldn’t have gotten a citation. There’s no law against a decorated Christmas tree on one’s property.. Nice try though.. jerk.

  9. The Left’s defense of the indefensible is amusing. Calling people “jerks” for pointing out that trash, pretending to be Christmas decorations, would not be offensive to neighbors is the height of sophistry.

    The truth hurts and they know it.. They just hate to be called on the carpet for their dopey hippie mind set towards all things in life.

  10. 8:21 There are ordinances against littering, not disposing of garbage properly, and being a general nuisance and an eyesore.

  11. So now one must be a dopey hippie Leftist if they stand up for children’s Christmas decorations?

  12. 10:37 you’re not standing up for children’s Christmas decorations. You’re standing up for adults telling children that using garbage to make ornaments is some sort of politically correct art form. That’s just a lie.

  13. 11:21 AM, i was being kind by calling them “dopey hippies.”

    You are correct, they are just liars for telling children that using garbage is an art form.

  14. 11:21 is totally right: just beacuse Ms. Zusy calls them Christmas decorations doesn’t mean that they are not garbage-on-a-string.

    It wasn’t as if something was done to them to change their status, they were just thrown there, and people were told that they had to like them because “THE CHILDREN” made them. Any criticism easthetic/religious or otherwise has been interpreted by some as an attack on “THE CHILDREN”. It isn’t. We know that had “THE CHILDREN” had a choice, they would have made something decorative and pretty.

    We are doing wrong by the children to tell thm that the tree is decorative, that garbage-on-a-string is art, and to, in the first place , coerce them to waste their time doing this.

  15. 11:21 — I'll tell the children that you disapprove of all their creative thinking & hard work. That will make this Christmas really memorable for the kids.

  16. 10:37 AM –

    You are standing up for demeaning a symbol of Christmas and trying to use it to promote your recycling cause.

  17. In this era of heightened awareness of our environment, artists are increasingly turning to junk stores, trash bins and surplus outlets to satisfy their urge to create while still caring for our planet. The tradition of recycling dates back to the nineteenth century, when American pioneers used recycled items instead of discarding them. Crazy quilts, pieced quilts, weathervanes made from scrap wood, and rag rugs are a treasured legacy of America’s tradition of recycling. Indeed, throughout our history, Americans have learned “to make do,” saving rubber bands and tinfoil and recycling gift-wrap and other items.
    For the past one hundred years, artists have seen creative possibilities in cast-offs. Pablo Picasso, one of the foremost artists of the twentieth century, fashioned a bull’s head from a discarded bicycle handlebar and seat, while Marcel Duchamp, a founder of the Dada movement, asked viewers to see sculpture in a urinal and snow shovel. During the 1930s and 1940s, Alexander Calder made whimsical animals from coffee cans, while Joseph Cornell created intimate, surrealistic tableaux from found objects.
    In the 1950s, artist Louise Nevelson created poetic and evocative sculpture from scrap wood, while Robert Rauschenberg began to explore the creative possibilities of junk as an artistic medium. In the 1960s and 1970s, John Chamberlain used auto body parts—squashed fenders, broken doors, twisted bumpers, and dented hoods, to create dynamic and expressionistic works of art. With increased environmental concerns in recent years, the use of recycled materials in art has gained new credibility.

    Have no fear good people of Ridgewood the dopey hippie ideas your children have been exposed to are just recycled ideas of the past.

  18. 9:21 You’re totally about examples of recycling in art, and Picasso’s bull head aside, all the other ones: quilts and ragg carpets etc were AESTHETICALLY PLEASING, decorative (hence their taking up a good chunk of the artisanal and decorative art chapter of American art)demonstrated originality and did not look like garbage-on-a- string. The carpets have an order and a color scheme and are beautifully done, and the quilts demonstrate originality, and aesthetics. When you look at them, you don’t see the old shirts or dresses that they were made of.

    The children were told what to do and they did it. There was (obviously) no original though involved, and no working the materials in order to CREATE something.

    Before letting them “work” in the garbage medium, maybe we should encourage children to go for the timeless beauty.As to “artistes” using garbage these days, yes there are and most of their stuff is owned by art victims like Charles Saatchi, not something transcendent that tells us more about human nature, just bout the hubris of the “artiste”.

    So let’s let the poor children learn about beauty starting even with those “savages” in the caves of Lascaux, before we smack them upside th head with artsy urinals, furry coffee cups and damsels falling down staircases. And let the Christmas tree be decorated with traditional, beautiful, ornaments.

    Leaving all this to “taste is subjective”, the Christmas tree is a symbol of Christmas, and throwing (raw, recyclable)garbage on it is an insult to Christians, no mantter how many innocent children were duped into:
    1) believing that yogurt, cottage cheese lids and Philly bins are art just by being put on a string.

    2) That all that raw, recyclable garbage is beautiful or decorative.

    A Christmas tree is about that, Christmas, not expressionism, Fauvism Dadaism. The meaning of the Holiday is big enough without having to go on riffs. Notice how many things are going on in Ridgewood, the country, the world and here we are,still debating this one.

  19. Yes, we are still debating the “garbage as art” on the Christmas tree because it is a lie and lies matter, especially when they are told to children.

    But this is what we have come to expect from public schools, not just in Ridgewood, but throughout the United States. Lies have become the norm.

    Giving children crappy math and then telling them that math is easy and fun is a lie.

    Telling them that they must like everyone and everyone must like them is a lie, setting up social expectations that are certain to disappoint.

    Pretending that they can all be equal in outcomes is also a lie, when some are smarter, faster or just better looking.

    Adding Kwaanza songs to the Christmas celebration menu and telling them that this fake, made up holiday is the unique province of Black people everywhere is a big lie. Kwaanza was invented in Berkeley, California and not from anywhere in Africa.

    And by the way, Africa is a continent and not a country. That’s a lie, too.

    Refusing to teach geography and civics and instead replacing it with diversity and multiculturalism is a pretty disgusting lie. Insisting that these impressionable children must be made to respect all cultures, even those that are downright brutal to women and children, is a most despicable lie.

    Pretending that all is relative and can be made to be acceptable to our social norms is a big, fat lie.

    It is also a lie to ingrain in our children that freedom and capitalism are not the prime forces of a life enhancing culture. Giving them the false hope that is the collective is just another lie, too.

    It is a lie to teach them that hunger is the mere consequence of a lack of food, rather than, as it often is, the result of failed leadership of a nation. For all the pseudo emphasis on ending world hunger, have they taught them about Zimbabwe, which used to feed nations around it, but now cannot feed itself? Don’t think so.

    Is collecting coins for UNICEF the real answer to the world hunger problem? No. Yet they try to encourage our children to forgo collecting candy for change in the little orange box for an organization that is remarkably corrupt.

    It is a lie to insist that our schools do not have to teach our children to world standards, as if the world is not part of how they must compete for jobs.

    As for competition, it is a lie to tell them that competing is bad and that entitlement is what will replace it. Let’s get rid of tag and musical chairs because some poor soul must be “it,” or may be left standing when all others get a seat.

    Is it any wonder that Ms. Zusy had to go to the public school children to entertain the lie that garbage can be transformed into ornaments and that somehow our social norms will bend in order to accept and celebrate this? Is recycling now elevated to the level of a religion, so that it must be included as an experience in the holiest of dates on our calendar? If so, this is truly scary.

    Any wonder that those who will entertain such pretenses cringe at the mention of an opinion that differs with the lie they’ve so willingly accepted and to which they must now genuflect.

    Wasn’t that a mere man behind the green curtain?

    Shh. We don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

  20. From 10:34 to 12:22…100% right, 100% true.Awesome analysis!

  21. Yeah, you’re right! That crowd standing around the tree WAS a little ripe.

  22. 10:34 it was your erudite post that spurred me on. Merry Christmas and thank you.


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