A photo of a couple’s Christmas decorations has gone viral in Australia, with good reason: they’re not exactly welcoming Santa Claus into their home. Signs in front of the house read “Stop the Sleds”, “We will decide who comes down our chimney”, “If you come by sled without a visa… you will not be settled in Australia”, and “We grew here, you flew here!” To top it all off, they surrounded their front yard with Christmas lights, making it look like barbed wire fencing.
This photo, published on Twitter by Carolyn Woodhead, was widely relayed by Australian Twitter users.
While the couple, who lives in a suburb of Sydney, certainly seems to be satirising the country’s heated immigration debate
, they told a local newspaper that they are not especially political: “I don’t consider this a protest,” Carolyn Woodhead told the Syndey Morning Herald
. “I consider it a discussion starter. We’re just trying to win a Christmas decoration competition.” Mission achieved on the first count… (For the second, the judges convene on Saturday.)