There is currently an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago displaying posters promoting London Underground transit from the 1920's and 30's.

This interesting piece comes from 1924. A full descripton can be seen on The Library of Congress website. As you can see, it is somewhat unusual in that, despite including a Christmas tree and the word "Christmas," it has a Star of David atop the tree.

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The blending of Jewish and Christian traditions in early 20th century Britain surprised me. To my knowledge, placing a star atop a Christmas tree is a common form of decoration, but the specific reference to Judaism seems unusual.

Is there any precedent for this kind of cross-cultural decor? Was it in fact designed for inclusivity? Or, alternatively, was placing a Star of David atop a Christmas tree once a common practice in the mainstream Christian tradition, in Britain or elsewhere?

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    @IanRingrose Maybe becuase Judaism does not recognise him as such? – Angew Aug 27 at 12:06
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    @Angew think of the target of the advert and what songs most of the targets would be singing at Christmas – Ian Ringrose Aug 27 at 13:19
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    The person who designed this just put a star on top that came to mind? In that case, we will never know. – Jan Doggen Aug 27 at 13:49
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    @JanDoggen Not to mention that 6 point stars are far easier to draw than 5 point stars. – Auspex Aug 27 at 15:27
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    On a side note, I found it curious that it says "A Merrie Christmas" which, according to some cursory searches went out of favor when Q. Elizabeth II started saying "Happy Christmas" in radio broadcasts. – JimmyJames Aug 27 at 20:12

The hexagram is not an exclusively Jewish symbol. For that matter, the Star of David as a symbol of Judaism (as opposed to a symbol used by Jews) is far newer than people realize, dating only to 1897 and the First Zionist Congress. Given that, seeing a six-pointed star on top of a Christmas tree in 1924 is no surprise.

Also, Jesus was of the house of David, so the Star of Bethlehem being designed as a Star of David should be especially unsurprising

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  • +1. Here's a 1930s Ukrainian Christmas post-card, a child is holding a traditional Ukrainian Christmas pole with a star which is a hexagram with XP inside it. The text is "Look with your kind eye, Oh the Son of God, down unto our land, Ukraine..." – Yellow Sky Aug 30 at 13:05

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