It’s been five years since the release of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s smash book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas yet the subject matter is as topical as ever. Sure, Christmas has been made great again with President Trump unafraid to speak of the birth of Christ but the attack on Christmas is still raging in America.
The unhinged among us have gone full bore against anything Christmas related this year. We’ve been told that Charlie Brown is racist because his black pal Franklin sat on the other side of the table. The story of Rudolph is apparently racist too, not to mention pro-bullying. The classic song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is loved by Americans and people worldwide, but according to some of the folks who support Bill Clinton, Eliot Spitzer, and Anthony Weiner, it’s really about date rape and should be banned. Make no mistake ladies and gentleman, the war on Christmas is real.
These brazen attacks on animated characters and pop songs are bad enough, but at least they are fully anti-Christmas. In other words, we know where those who have these hissy fits stand. They are like today’s Democrats; demented and crazy, but honest with their radical intention. It’s the subtle attacks on Christmas that may be more dangerous in the long run. There’s an assault on Christmas that’s a lot like today’s Republican party; wimpy and spineless.
Companies and organizations in the “Happy Holidays” camp want to benefit from all that Christmas has to offer without using the actual word “Christmas”. The idea is to drum up business from the easily offended, by steering clear of saying Christmas, but also attracting those who celebrate the birth of Christ by coming across as Christmas-friendly.
Countless commercials show us plenty of red and green, depictions of Kris Kringle, reindeer, gifts, stockings, cookies, and snow, but never is the word “Christmas” dare uttered. Everyone knows what holiday they mean when they say “Happy Holidays”, but never could a word that contains Christ in it be included in a secular ad geared toward a snowflake society.
The new national TV spot for Whole Foods features a man thanking the deli counter guy for his cold cuts. The shopper asks the worker if anyone has ever called him “Meat Santa”. The two men have a chuckle and as the satisfied customer walks away he offers a hearty “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. A moment earlier he referenced Santa. What holiday is Santa associated with? Only one. It’s Christmas. Yet Whole Foods won’t say it, despite naming Old Saint Nick.
Perhaps the most ridiculous ad campaign is the long-running Pennsylvania Lottery commercial that hides from Christmas like John Kasich avoids table manners. In the cringe-worthy TV ad, a man comes out of his home to deliver scratch-off tickets to people as presents. Each time the smiling, sanctimonious fellow gives another gift, he wishes the recipient a big, fat…you guessed it…”Happy Holidays”. Throughout the commercial, a choir is singing a lottery song to the tune of “The Twelve Days Of Christmas”. Think about this. They didn’t choose “Jingle Bells” or “Winter Wonderland” but instead a song that is all about Christmas, only to make sure they removed any mention of the word “Christmas” from the piece. Talk about having your fruitcake and eating it too.
There are many other examples on television and radio that use this same tactic. Christmas sights and sounds are thrown at us without mentioning Christmas. In contrast, Halloween parties are not called Holiday parties. It’s Thanksgiving parades, not Holiday parades. Nobody is shouting “Happy Holiday” when the ball drops in Times Square at midnight. Other than Columbus Day, Christmas is the only holiday that is constantly edited and censored by the liberal thought police.
While in office, President Obama shied away from Christmas. Thankfully, President Trump has made the White House unabashedly pro-Christmas once again. But the fight continues. Good people who love Jesus and love Christmas have been conditioned to steer clear of the word. While most businesses over the last few years have received the memo that we are a Christian nation that loves to see and say the word “Christmas”, there are still plenty of others that continue to try to appease the Starbucks drinking, skinny jeans wearing, soy boys. Stand up for Christmas by spending your dollars elsewhere.
While the ridiculous among us will continue to speak of “holiday shopping” (Don’t forget to pick up your Groundhog Day gifts) and “holiday cookies” (I’m still waiting to try my first Arbor Day cookie), we have a chance to stand up to the nonsense and answer this silliness with a collective eye roll. Don’t fall for the indoctrination. Don’t give up on Christmas.
Instead, continue to enjoy Christmas with our families, celebrate Christmas in our churches, and share the spirit of Christmas with our friends and neighbors.
As Palin so eloquently put it in her Christmas book, “The war on Christmas is the tip of the spear in a larger battle to secularize our culture and make true religious freedom a thing of America’s past.” We must heed those words and continue to stand up for that blessed day when Christ was born.
Say it loudly and proudly, America. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
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