Comedian Tim Allen said he is honored to be involved in the traditional Christmas series titled “The Santa Clauses” from Disney.
Allen, who also served as executive producer, said, “We honor the Christian tradition without heralding it.”
“It is what it is. It’s a Christian holiday,” he continued.
“So, we don’t belabor it, but we don’t ignore it,” Allen told Fox News.
“I love the way we deal with it. This is a new format for me. I can get my head around it creatively.”
Liberal filmmakers like Scott Weinberg complained about Allen’s series because the Santa character says, “Merry Christmas to all.”
Allen is stunned that the phrase is suddenly “problematic.”
Weinberg complained by saying, “It’s a low-key effort to vilify anyone who doesn’t celebrate this holiday.”
“In a grown-up movie, I’d just groan and ignore it,” he said.
Tim Allen said he fought to make sure Disney put Christ back into Christmas for the new “The Santa Clauses” series.
“It originally had a lot of otherworldly characters and ghosts and goblins. I said, ‘No, this is Christmas. It’s Christ-mas,” Allen said.
“It literally is a religious holiday,’” he added.
“We don’t have to blow trumpets, but I do want you to acknowledge it — that’s what this is about.”
“If you want to get into Santa Claus, you’re gonna have to go back to history, and it’s all about religion,” Allen said.
“It’s really wonderful. They took a chance, and we did it really well,” Allen said.