Coexisting At Christmas: Walmart’s New Christmas Decor For Muslims


Last weekend, my wife and I determined it was time to get a new tree topper for our Christmas tree. For years, we had an angel tree topper, but we wanted to change things up with a star this year.

So, we braved the post-Black Friday rush to check out the options available at some of our local retailers.

We eventually wound up at a Walmart store. Wandering through the Christmas décor section, we found the products we wanted to shop, as well as one we really never imagined we would see – ever.

Nestled among the stars, angels, Santas, and those pointy things (does anyone know what those things are even called?), I found a crescent moon with a star. Not a happy, smiling, man-in-the-moon crescent moon … no, this was a crescent-and-star ornament that could only symbolize one religion: Islam.

I was blown away.

I didn’t have a camera with me at the time, so I wondered, if I said anything, if it would quickly be relegated to urban legend status. It was almost too absurd to be believed without some kind of visual confirmation. Thankfully, I wasn’t the only person who saw these ornaments on the shelf.

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