Grandma Got Run Over By a Front-Loader

Christmas Parade

Our friend Theresa shared this photo, which she took during a Christmas parade near Dallas this weekend. Yes, that’s Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the dirty bucket of a front loader. It’s so…Texas. And as Theresa said to me, it’s rather funny that dear old Santa and his magical reindeer are majestically elevated atop the tractor, above the reason for the season.

Do you think this get-up gave anyone pause? (Besides, Theresa, that is.) The irony of baby Jesus and big-bellied Santa riding around town on a tractor for a Christmas parade. Seems to me it makes a mockery of the whole God business. It makes you wonder why some folks fight so hard to keep the likeness of Jesus in so many prosaic places, like schools and courthouses and tractors. This should be one more reason to add to the list of why religion should be kept in the church. But, of course, that’s just the opinion of someone who doesn’t even believe in this God stuff.

Besides the fact that creating cheap plastic reproductions of your favorite heavenly star is supposed to be a sin, what does it say about the respect you have for your savior if you tote him around and have your way with him? Not so sacred, I think. I can’t imagine doing these things with a life-sized replica of one of my dead relatives. That’s just weird.

Wasn’t it Abraham, the founder of monotheism, who became irate at his father’s business of idol-making? Didn’t Moses come along with an important message, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath…”  Before these cheap reproductions were made in China of people who history has no pictures of (Megyn Kelly), all sorts of gods and goddesses were actually created in the Middle East.

I’m pretty certain my fellow Texans would not be happy to know that we’re worshipping a god who was neither created nor reproduced here in America.

Just wanted to share T’s funny photo with the rest of you. I bet you guys have plenty of your own stories to tell about nativity scenes.

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21 responses to “Grandma Got Run Over By a Front-Loader

  1. thanks. Crazy photo, thoughtful blog.

  2. The “Christmas” section of my city (a neighborhood that goes waaaay overboard) actually has a blow up of Santa holding the baby Jesus. I laugh out loud every time I see it. If we venture that way this year I will take a photo and send it.

  3. This post is so funny and weird. Need to post that photo Jen-too so hope you go by soon.

    • I agree with Jen-too. I’d really like to see a picture of Santa holding baby J!

      • Wait a minute…
        Isn´t Santa Jeezus´father? In Britain the fellow is called Father Christmas and the Chris in Christmas is Jeezus isn´t he?

        Apparently there are no limits to tackiness when it comes to Xmas – the front-loader is actually the “best” I´ve seen this season. Fingers crossed – maybe we´ll get the trio strapped on top of Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

  4. The Season for Reason

  5. Well, since you asked…
    A few years ago early one Easter morning we drove by a church in our area. In huge letters on individual stakes (yes, I see the irony!) on the church lawn, the words “JESUS !S EVIL” were spelled out. Of course, our immediate reaction was WTF??? We drove by again later in the day and the sign had been “corrected” to “JESUS LIVES!” ;-)

  6. Hey Debbie,
    I am seriously not exaggerating, EVERY bank in my county has some sort of a nativity scene in front of it. We’re talking about the cheap, plastic models, as well as the more expensive statues and just the lighted scenes as well. I noticed this while we were out this past weekend. I can’t believe that just a couple of Christmases ago I was looking up expensive nativity figures and shelters for my own yard! I actually looked for a few years up to that point, never found what I wanted. The last time I looked for those life size figurines was in 2011. Little did I know I would be an atheist the following Easter!

  7. I wonder what those Christians would think of an atheist criticizing their celebration of their Number One holiday … AND quoting scripture at them. Funny.

  8. There is a long history of Santa on a tractor in the United States. John Deere ran an add campaign for a long time that had the Claus riding around on a tractor. I think you can find the Santa tractor combo in most farming communities around this time of year. Jesus also is pretty deft at driving a tractor, as is Mohammed. Here are some fun links:

    • A tractor trifecta!

      Love the Mohammed one especially – great message.

      Saw this on a church marquee this weekend –

      one side –

      Merry Christmas! – Share all about Jesus

      other side –

      Happy Holidays! – They’re all about Jesus

      I guess what they mean by the 2nd one is…the ones that count?

  9. Hey Debbie, tonight I was driving down some back country roads, as there are so many here, and I saw something interesting that I just had to tell you about. There’s a house that sits pretty far back from the road and they had what looked like pink Christmas lights on three huge crosses right next to their house! I think they’re the same people (I couldn’t see because it was so dark.) who have a banner near the road in their front yard that reads “I’ll be back soon! Love, Jesus”. I’ve seen it either at that house or a house near there during the day. The banner’s been there for at least a few years and stays out all year long.

    Did you guys see that amazing moon tonight?!!!!!!!! Arrrrrrr, arrrrr, arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (howling). Man, I love me some full moon! I got some pictures, but it’s so difficult to get good shots of the moon.

  10. *** OFF TOPIC ***

    Well, here is some rather repellant. It seems the god of some people is perfectly fine with forcing kids to live in poverty. NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg says:

    “This kid was dealt a bad hand. I don’t know quite why. That’s just the way God works. Sometimes some of us are lucky and some of us are not,” he told Politicker, calling her plight “a sad situation.”

    See rest of the article: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/12/18/3079711/bloomberg-dasani-comments/

    • @Derrick I saw that yesterday. Interesting how he pins the problem on God in one sentence, and then attributes it to luck in the next. Hello? Does he hear himself talk?

      • Religious belief apparently hinders thought. What a condescending idiot.

      • @Debbie Apparently is is bad luck to worship the god he does.

        I was nearly struck dumb by the contradictory nature of his statements. You asked the right question about whether he can hear himself. I suspect this form of selective deafness, both of self and others, may be quiet common among theists.

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