|Fantus Paper Products' 50-7109 Christmas card has some issues|
The problem with the domes and minarets is that they do not belong to Herodian Judea. Further, they do not belong to this time. The video below shows a model of Jerusalem at the time of Herodian Judea/Tetrarchy/Roman Judea. Notice that there are only a few domes anywhere and they mostly feature as accents on roofs. Spires are almost unseen.
The modern dome was invented and popularized by the Romans which just reached Judea at the time of Christ's birth. The widespread use of domes in the Middle East did not come until the Byzantine dome was popularized in the 500s and the dome's adoption by Muslim conquerors in the 600s. Minarets meanwhile were based on Christian bell towers. Bell towers were first introduced to churches by Saint Paulinus of Nola around AD 400.
After looking at the Christmas card pile I own I found even more historical geographical errors.
|The card on the left, by Paper Magic Group, shows a 1,001 Arabian Nights-style Bethlehem complete with olive domes and desert scenery. Meanwhile the card on the right has minarets and is published by the Catholic priest society the Columban Fathers.|
|On yet another card a minaret shows.|
|Even the Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic charity reach reports directly to the Vatican, has minarets on its Christmas card envelops.|
I suspect mere historic and geographic ignorance is to blame for the cards rather than a political statement unlike a priest adding a mosque to a nativity scene to promote inter-faith harmony or Austrians protesting a Swiss law by adding minarets to Christmas cards.