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Dec 15, 2013 11:21 PM by Heather Jackson

Bloody Santa on a Cross Causes Controversy

CORPUS CHRISTI - A Christmas decoration is causing quite a stir in one Corpus Christi neighborhood.

Its a bloody Santa Claus hanging on a cross with a thorn crown.

While some don't mind it, others find it inappropriate.

At first glance it may look like a Halloween decoration until you take a closer look and notice a Santa hat and Christmas lights.

"It's December, it's Christmas time. It is just a Christmas ornament," Aaron Olivares, the homeowner explains.

Aaron Olivares created an unusual Christmas decoration. It's hanging outside his garage here on Horne and Nicholson.

It's a stuffed Santa suit made to look like the jolly ole Saint Nick. But then there's blood, a crown of thorns, and the decoration is stretched out on a wooden cross.

"The crown of barbwire? A little more decoration. That is about it. Me: You never thought about the Jesus reference or? Aaron: Naw, it really, it didn't come to me like that, I didn't see nothing offensive on it," Olivares explains.

Olivares even gave it a name.

"It needed some lettering up there so I put the 'slayer' up there. It's nothing Satanic it is just decorations for Christmas," Olivares says.

He says he is a believer and never intended for this decoration to be be offensive to other Christians.

"I'm Christian, I mean there is a God and there is a devil," Olivares shares.

But some are offended and even shocked.

"The cross is the big thing. The cross. Santa Claus is you know well, you can put Santa Claus on a hood, put Santa Claus on your roof, put Santa Claus in your yard, why put him on a cross?" Ricky Mesa, a neighbor says.

Others don't mind. Like Blanca Perelta, who lives right across the street.

"It doesn't really bother me. Everyone likes it who brings me home. My friends all joke about it," Perelta shares.

Either way Aaron says the zombie Santa, named Slayer, is here to stay.

However, he has a warning for those who do not like it.

"Get out of my yard. If you don't like it...don't drive by here," Olivares says.

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