Sur-ro-gate (verb \ˈsər-ə-ˌgāt, ˈsə-rə-\ ). According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, when used as a noun, a surrogate is one who is appointed to act in place of another or one that serves as a substitute.
As a Christian, I have never been happy with the commercialization of Christmas where the celebration of God’s love gift of Christ to the world has been substituted with a message of crass consumerism and materialism; where the joy of giving has been replaced by the lust of receiving and where Christmas has been replaced by X-mas.
But this year, I have a new gripe. I went to my local shopping mall today and as usual, all the normal over the top Christmas decorations were up. However, there was no jolly ol’ Santa entertaining the children; no plump fatherly character with a white beard and bright red suit; no red nosed reindeer or friendly North Pole elves. Good Grief, there were not even any Santa-rina’s in short skirts!
Instead, jolly Santa was replaced by the Grinch! The Grinch, was decked out in Santa’s red costume and wandering the mall yelling out, “Merry Christmas” while doing some kind of dance. Occasionally, he’d stop, bare his big yellow teeth and pat some child on the head. The Grinch was not alone. He was accompanied by what appeared to be a white faced Chinese Martial Arts Swordsman and a leprechaun. The theme apparently was “Christmas – Tis the time to be Fable-ous”.
Most years at this time, I usually include some pictures or videos of Christmas lights, celebrations or decorations. This year I am using the illuminated Font Magica Barcelona located at Montjuic, Barcelona as a surrogate. Enjoy.