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Hand Grenade Christmas Tree Ornaments Spark Outrage

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By Gabrielle Devenish, Christian Post Reporter
December 15, 2011|8:11 pm

These Christmas tree ornaments will blow your family away.

The Swedish Army Museum in Stockholm is selling ornaments shaped like hand grenades to raise money for Christian Aid, a charity that fights poverty and aids in disaster relief, Swedish news agency The Local reported.

The museum announces on its website: "Support Christian Aid and their work for peace and against poverty by buying our Christmas ornaments which are a subtle reminder of those who are less fortunate than we are during the holiday season.”

But some visitors feel the ornaments are inappropriate and in bad taste.

Elinor Lindeborg told Swedish news station Sveriges Television, ”Quite simply I think it's distasteful, especially if they are raising money for charity. This is a museum frequented by children and it's hard to explain to them why there are hand grenades in the Christmas trees.

"This is an Army Museum, but should still try to highlight a non-war perspective,” Lindeborg added.

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One woman said on a Swedish radio show Ring P1: "How in Lord's name can they come up with such an idiotic idea to make Christmas tree balls shaped like hand grenades? Sick! Shameful,” The Local quoted her as saying.

Though the ornaments seemed to bomb with visitors, the museum's division head Helena Martinsson told the Expressen newspaper that the response has been mostly positive.

“Having a decoration like this on the tree can get people to reflect on how good we have it here in Sweden and that there are people who have it much worse,” Martinsson said.

The Christian Post attempted to contact Christian Aid, but the group's listed email was not active.

 

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