December 09, 2013

No War on Christmas?


have been hesitant to get into the weeds of the culture wars. But each Christmas I see new reasons to defend the traditional celebration of Christmas and point out the hypocrisy and falsehood in the liberal attack on Christianity at Christmastime.

Many people on the so-called “political right,” such as Sarah Palin and Bill O’Reilly, have pointed out evidence of the “war on Christmas.” Then comes the response from the defenders of all things evil, the American left, by such notables as Jon Stewart, to say that there is no such war on Christmas. In stereotypical liberal form, these folks mock the conservative side and destroy staw men, but they give no evidence, no rebuttal, no proof of their statements—only mockery and bluster.

And while there has not been an organized battle plan to attack Christmas, the powers of political correctness have been leveraged heavily to dissuade the public from mentioning Christmas at all. This is clearly displayed in our general society, as evidenced by this legitimately cute video from Disney’s Victoria Justice and Max Schneider. Give a listen to Holiday Medley:

I’m sure you heard the lyric change from Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays. And maybe that’s okay because, as we are perpetually reminded by the liberals, many different holidays are celebrated at this time. After all, there’s Hanukkah, Kwaanza, Ramadan, Winter Solstice, World AIDS Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve, and even Festivus (for the rest of us). So to honor all of those multi-cultural holidays that occur the same month as Christmas we are advised to say happy holidays instead of Merry Christmas.

But if we are actually talking only about Christmas, we should say Merry Christmas, shouldn’t we? And if we don’t say that, isn’t that evidence that there is an actual “war on Christmas” and we are falling victim to that war?

So let’s consider this Holiday Medley. Here are the songs in the medley:

  1. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  2. Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  3. Santa Baby
  4. Last Christmas
  5. Sleigh Ride
  6. The Christmas Song, reprise, but with “Merry Christmas” changed to “Happy Holidays”

With one exception, Baby, It’s Cold Outside, every single song in that list is a Christmas song, not a generic holiday song. And Baby, It’s Cold Outside has been a traditional Christmas favorite for many generations. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that this song is not a popular one during December in Africa, Saudi Arabia, Israel, or Turkey. So, if it is not, it is a Christmas song as well. And yet, at the end of the medley, these two young singers changed the words, “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays.”

I like this video. And I understand what pushed these two young people into this mold. It is, without a doubt, the war on Christmas.

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