Friday, 15 November 2013

Ho Ho… No, No, God No!


Ah, Christmas is coming, and good old Costa coffee are celebrating with some Little Moments of Festive Fun. How heart-warming. Little moments of festive fun, such as… the bloodily decapitated body of Father Christmas.


…Thanks, Costa. Merry Christmas to you too.

30 comments:

Andrew Bossom said...

What about the poor old gingerbread man, having his feet thrust into Rudolph's sliced-in-half brain?

Pipit said...

It's the red syrup that REALLY makes it festive, don't you think? Perhaps the person responsible for this has been watching too much of the Headless Horseman, or maybe Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Czime said...

GODREST YOU MERRY GENTLEMEN~!

Samantha said...

Santa probably didn't allow them to replicate his image. He even said no to a head fashioned from stiffly-whipped cream.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! Two blog posts in a week! You're spoiling us. Thank you Mr Finnemore, this has brightened my day! :D

Invisible Katherine said...

Perhaps it's a hidden stand against the over-commercialisation of Christmas. I hear that the police have called in Terry from the Fire Crew to be questioned.

Julia* said...

Oh dear.
This reminds me of something that occured at a Christmas market I visited some years ago: They had this larger-than-life Santa doll which "climbed" a Christmas tree every full hour. The evening I was there something went terribly wrong with the construction - so Santa was, much to the dismay of all children present, more or less strangled and dangled, hung from his neck, from the tree ...
Quite a sight to behold - and quite a way to let your kids know that Christmas will be cancelled because Santa just ... erm ... died ...

Anyhow, yay for badverts - I really, really missed these kind of posts.

Helena said...

If you think Costa is bad, look at Starbucks. Every year my father gets ridiculously excited about the arrival of the Red Cups. It's almost Arthurian. Then, on the 27th of December, or thereabouts, the Red Cups go into hibernation for another year, and it breaks his heart. Very poor treatment of customers. Uncharacteristic from an otherwise quite over-enthusiastic marketing department, who labelled the Pumpkin Spice Latte- an odd juxtaposition of words if ever I saw one- with the slogan 'Passion. Devotion. Obsession.' I mean, please. It's a coffee. And anyway, it tastes awful.
(This babbling, by the way, is all sparked by the trauma of seeing SANTA CLAUS'S HEAD CUT OFF. Seriously, did no one at Costa look at it and go, 'Hmm. Guys? You know this picture? Has anyone noticed...? I mean, it might need a bit of Photoshopping is all I'm saying. No? Fine.')

slekach said...

You mean you people DON'T celebrate the holidays by ritualistically drinking out of Santa's corpse? What a sad, sad world you live in ;)

Anonymous said...

Man, I'm never going to see Christmas, or Costa, in the same light again... Although what coffee and cannibalism has in common I have absolutely no blinking idea!
Merry Christmas to you all - I wish every one of you a planeful of otters! :)

Anonymous said...

why oh why did you have to point it out...thank you

Alycia Detvay said...

W O W
Maybe it's a marketing ploy for the remake of 'Silent Night, Deadly Night'

Britta said...

Same goes for the poor little Snowman! Don't show to Arthur, it would break his heart :'(

Carla said...

It's a ploy by the Coca Cola company. They want a new, hipper Santa, so they've partnered with Costa coffee in order to eliminate the Santa we all know, and to an extent, love.

Anyhooo. . .

Don't forget the nameless elf and Frosty there (Gingerbread man doesn't count, he's a cookie. :P). Poor little elf, he just wanted to make toys *coughbuthereallywantedtobeadentistcough* :) . . . Though, I s'pose if Frosty wasn't wearing his magical hat, it wouldn't have mattered much when he was decapitated, yes? Hmm. . .

Caz Mumin said...

That and the decapitated snowman too!

The Real Emily said...

That is actually beautiful.

Chitarra said...

I think I laughed a little harder at that than I should've... X-)

Midge said...

Thinking of Christmas reminds me of another miss-heard carol that Arthur might have sung - together with the niece of a friend who told me this one. She wondered why only Half the Herald Angels had sung...

Philippa Sidle said...

Say grande.

Ruth Else said...

Dear John Finnemore,

it is really a pleasure to have you back in such intense frequency. Don't spoil us!

I have been meaning to ask this for a long time - what happened to Pete Seeger's hammer (JFSP, last recording)?

As for the rest, I am as everyone else, constantly checking the BBC website for Cabin Pressure tickets. I am also very happy that the recording will only take place next year...as I could not bear (!) my luck to attend more than one John Finnemore-event per year.
Anyway thank you for being back. Hooray!

Anonymous said...

I don't know why you always insist you can't sing, that was lovely on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

Suzanne Phillimore said...

This is terrible. Hell, I live in Southern California and I still haven't seen anything that bad.
You were great on Clue - hope they ask you back!

Rhia said...

I am worried about how traumatised Arthur is going to be by this.

Trina Dubya said...

O_O

Oh, good Lord. Are they all decapitated?

Anonymous said...

Ahhhhh! Costa hot chocolate!

If you want a good one, go to the actual cafe. The petrol station vending machines just put powdered milk in, with chocolate dusting.

Mandy said...

It does look pretty disgusting as if you are looking at the mashed up brain of Santa.....

Midge said...

Students tell me the idea is that, as you're drinking from these cups, your head becomes the head of the figure. Although Father Christmas did look a bit odd as a teenage girl...

Millicent Hart said...

Deck the halls with Martin's brolly!

consi said...

CZime - I thought everyone knew, it's "Get dressed you merry gentlemen"...doh! ;-)

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