Friday, November 27, 2009

Some things shouldn’t come from Target

I was cruising through my local Tar-zhay the other week when, on a lower shelf, this display caught my eye:

Menorahs at all price points. At the top end (on the left) is your silver-plated electric Menorah with flickering bulbs (sorry for the picture quality, these were shot with my cell). This hallowed religious icon can be yours for the low, low price of $39.99 plus Virginia sales tax (render unto Caesar…).

If you’re a more traditional M.O.T., Target gives you your choice of two lo-fi candle-type Menorahs. Pick from either the silver plated model with a Star of David ($24.99 plus tax) shown in the middle of the first picture…or the bargain basement “basic” (says so on the price tag) bronze Menorah for $9.99 (plus tax).

Is it just me or does this seem just slightly…wrong? Now I don’t know, but aren’t Menorahs the kind of thing you would get from … well, not from Target. Maybe handed down from generation to generation, father to son, mother to daughter?
I know Target and Wal-Mart and Sears and Home Depot and all the rest of these stores have aisles upon aisles of Christmas decorations, usually on display since early August. But that part of December 25 is, for the most part, the commercial part. I really can’t see my mom heading to the local discount department store for a crucifix or a crèche.
Am I all alone in this, or does this kinda weird anyone else out?


HannahBlue said...

It doesn't really weird me out. Religious holiday decorations were sold out a loooong time ago and have trickled down to the crap stores, unfortunately.

But I agree the best ornaments are passed down. :)

lacochran said...

I'm just happy that Tarzhay knows something besides Christmas! Hurray!

Meghan said...

I realized religion was marketed when I saw infomercials for crucifix's. This just seems like the next step.

FoggyDew said...

Hannah - Don't know if I'd go so far as calling Target a "crap store" but it was strange to see them there...on a bottom shelf at that.

la - Yeah, but the correlation of Christmas to Hanukah decorations is adverse in the extreme.

Meghan - Never saw that one. What made them special enough for an infomercial...beyond the whole religion thing?

Alice said...

meh. considering i grew up in a house without menorahs, crucifixes OR creches, i'm sorta irreverant about most things like that nowadays. especially considering how tacky a lot of the christian stuff is - giant blow-up creches for your front yard, for example??