WTF Wednesday: Union Square “Holiday” decorations

Posted on
Dec 15, 2010
Posted in: Local Color, WTF

Dear San Francisco,

I love you. I really do. Despite the fact that, at different times over the course of my visits to you, your residents have robbed me blind, pressed me for money, nearly spat on me, and expressed their dementia through screaming in my general direction, I still find you endearing. Your parks are fantastic, your weather is deliciously manic, and your mayor looks like Remington Steele.

And of course, you are one of the most inclusive, tolerant, and wonderfully liberal cities on my coast. That may be why I found this so damn disturbing:

Props to you for trying to represent the all-consuming spectacularity of Christmas as well as Hanukkah, but sweet heavenly father, WHAT THE EFF IS GOING ON HERE? Rand and I stared for a few long minutes, and the best we can come up with is this:

  • Someone thought it was a good idea to put up a huge Christmas tree. Fair enough. It’s Christmastime.
  • As what I can only assume was an afterthought, they decided to also put up a kind of dismal-looking menorah.
  • Rather inexplicably, they decided to cover the menorah with a bunch of scaffolding and a cheap-looking tarp that has another picture of a menorah on it.

You … you are kidding me, right? You realize, dear city of San Francisco, that ignoring the holiday of Hanukkah altogether would actually have been better than this, right? It reminds me of when we’d have a “Holiday Concert” at my elementary school, and after singing a few dozen Christmas songs, we’d toss in The Hanukkah song so that Weinstein’s parents wouldn’t get upset. At the time I figured we were being “inclusive”, but it now reads a bit more “condescending” and “in violation of the separation of church and state.”

Sigh. I know you meant well, San Francisco. You usually do. But next year, please consider forgoing a last-minute effort to include your city’s 200,000 Jews. Or, at the very least, lose the damn tarp.

Seriously. WTF.
Sincerely,

The Everywhereist.

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  • Wow. I had to look for a while before seeing the first menorah you were talking about. Was the scaffold maybe put up there so they could “light” a new candle every night of Hannukah and then they took the scaffolding down after all eight candles were lit? Maybe? Why am I trying to defend San Francisco?

    Anyway, my kid’s preschool has a nicely inclusive “Holiday Concert” every year and every year at the end Santa Claus shows up. So, go figure. And I am playing Santa Claus this year, so there’s that.

  • I had to zoom in to see the menorah too. That is hilarious!

  • Yikes! That’s a lot of lights on the Christmas tree. It’s so bright that I too hardly noticed the menorah. Definitely looks like an afterthought.

  • Bhavya

    Um, I can’t see the menorah, I only see the tarp.

  • It took far to much effort for me to see the first menorah… with or without the tarp, though, it just seems…. insulting? tactless? ridiculous? I get wanting to be inclusive… but did it need to be right in front of the spectacular xmas tree? I was under the impression San Fran was a big place, plenty of room for the shabby menorah representation to not be so obviously overshown by the xmas tree…

  • IS there a menorah behind that tarp? The difference in effort, thought, and expense between the Christmas tree and the menorah is staggering. WTF indeed.

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