The Swedish Army Museum has decided to sell grenade-shaped Christmas tree ornaments in an effort to raise money for charity. Proceeds will go to Christian Aid, a charity that aids in disaster relief and those affected by poverty.
The museum states that these ornaments will be a subtle reminder of those who are less fortunate during the holiday season.
There are some, however, who feel that the grenade-shaped ornaments set a bad example and glorify the horrors of war. One museum visitor stated:
“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.”
Helena Martinsson, the museum’s division head, understands the negative viewpoints, but emphasizes that the money raised from the sales will go to a charitable cause.
This is not the first time a weapon-inspired Christmas tree ornament has caused controversy. In 2006, Urban Outfitters offered an ornament in the shape of a glittering gun. They recommended people to “bust a cap” in their Christmas trees.