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The 'War on Christmas' Is Just Like Santa Claus ... It Doesn't Exist!

by Maressa Brown on December 4, 2012 at 2:35 PM

yule log burningThe yule log, which gets its very own channel!Have you heard? There's a devastating war going on right now. Santa, Rudolph, Nativity scenes, Christmas trees, and more are all under siege in the WAR ON CHRISTMAS! There's no end in sight to the attacks coming from the enemy, AKA atheists and other Grinchy groups (who have minimal to no influence on American culture). Or at least, that's the conclusion you might draw if you've tuned into Fox News lately.

It seems like, as a rule, Fox loooooves to cry wolf. Any chance they get. Especially around the holiday season ... finding any and every opportunity to report on the big bad War on Christmas. Which, according to Jon Stewart -- shhhh, cover far right-wingers' ears! -- doesn't EXIST! OMG!

In one of his recent rants, The Daily Show host dug into Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who asked on air whether she was "nuts" to think the war was real. His response: "Yes, you're f--king nuts!" His rationale being that while Fox is out there scouring the wires for any little story depicting the slightest anti-Christmas sentiment, "the rest of us can't swing a dead elf without knocking over an inflatable snow globe or a giant blinking candy cane." Bhahahaha, PRICELESS.

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Then he went on to point out what one might want to consider before declaring that there's a War on Christmas ... Like the fact that entire store devoted to the holiday, Christmas Tree Shops, is open year-round. Or that there's an entire channel devoted to a YULE LOG. Or that there are radio stations that play nothing but Christmas carols -- beginning well before Thanksgiving!

Speaking of that, if we're gonna talk about a war, let's talk about the war Christmas has declared on the last three months of the year! Perhaps also the first month of any new year, being that there are plenty of schlubs who refuse to even take down their decorations until it's practically Valentine's. And I'm not just talking about the holiday's ability to overshadow other religions' Winter Solstice time celebrations or often blur the lines between church and state. It took over Thanksgiving this year, turning Black Friday into Black Thursday. As Stewart put it, "Christmas is so big now, it's eating other holidays. Watch your ass, Halloween, you're next!" The sad part is that I've already seen Christmas displays going up in department stores before Halloween.

So, War on Christmas? Give me a break! But maybe the more Fox reports on a fight that's clearly fiction, the more people will start to tune into other stations for the real news of the day.

In the meantime, here's Stewart's whole hilarious rant on the topic ...

 

Do you believe there's a "War on Christmas"?

 

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  • BubbsJNL
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    BubbsJNL

    December 4, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    As a woman, I couldn't complain about your stance on the "War on Women" because you are one, too. It wasn't nice that you decided to call other women stupid if they didn't agree with you but, this is America where we have freedom of speech AND religion, so, you had the right to do it.

    I am going to call BS, though, on you, an avowed and dedicated Jewish woman who speaks of her religion with eloquence and warmth, determining whether or not there is a "War on Christmas".  I'm also going to call BS based upon your mention of your "life long friend", the atheist, in the past.  I'm also going to call BS on you refining your opinion of the subject by watching an uber-intelligient, charming and funny COMEDIAN on television.

    While the commercialism and capitalism of Christmas absolutely does abound, as Jon notes and you regurgitate, unless you actually celebrate the holiday and have been glared at for wishing someone a 'Merry Christmas' or told that your nativity is offensive or any of the myriad other things that pass for acceptable in this day and age, then you. do. not. get. to. comment.

     


  • Chelsie
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    Chelsie

    December 4, 2012 at 3:40 PM
    "Perhaps also the first month of any new year, being that there are plenty of schlubs who refuse to even take down their decorations until it's practically Valentine's." The schlubs? You do realize that for Christians, the Christmas season isn't over until the Epiphany, which falls during the first week of the new year. I can leave my decorations up celebrating Jesus for as long as I wish, thank you. You can just take yours down on December 25th.
  • pezch...
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    pezcharlotte

    December 4, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    So I am a Christian and I celebrate Christmas and Bubbs, I agree with absolute everything that the writer said. Granted I have also said Happy Holidays for 20 years now instead of Merry Christmas because I don't know what the other person celebrates. 


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    Jessy Roos

    December 4, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Pezcharlotte, thank you. I am also a Christian who celebrates Christmas and I do not see a war on Christmas happening. I have also been saying Happy Holidays for years, because it is inclusive and warm and allows for me to express best wishes to anyone without assuming anything about them. How other people feel about Christmas has no bearing on how I celebrate it personally, so I just do not see the problem.


  • Darein
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    Darein

    December 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM
    Ok.. how about we talk about the war Christmas has declared on everything or the fact that almost every aspect of the holiday traditions are taken from the Pagan Yule and Winter Solstice celebrations. How about we talk about the fact that Jesus was not even born during the winter. That the fact is that Christmas should be celebrated during the summer but we won't get into that because no one wants to talk about reality. How about Christmas trees and Santa, wouldn't that be -gasp- false idol worship. You teach children to be good all year because if they don't Santa will punish them with no gifts. Frankly I enjoy the Yule because that is about family and being together and warming eachothers hearts as we have made it halfway through the darkest part of the year. We don't go around telling everyone to respect the reason for the season because the real reason for the season is family and always has been until it was userped by Christian dogma, along with Easter and almost every other holiday. So frankly get your heads out of your rears please, the Christian holidays are some of the newest holidays that exist and were overlain ontop of the original holidays celebrated on these dates for centuries before Jesus was even born. So please stop declaring war on our holidays and painting yourselves out to be victims.
  • Sarah
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    Sarah

    December 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM
    Darein- the tree represents the tree that Jesus was nailed to and the lights on the tree represent that Jesus is the light of the world. the presents represent the gifts that were given to Jesus by the wise men also the gift of Him giving His life to save us from sin. it is well known that winter wasnt when He was born but this is the time of the year when His birth is celebrated.
  • Mary
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    Mary

    December 5, 2012 at 4:46 PM
    @Sarah - You don't know a lot of history, do you. What are now called "Old World" Santas, where Santa is usually a tall slender man wearing a red robe trimmed with white fur and carrying a staff in one hand and a sack of toys are generally taken to be a representation of Odin, carrying his sacred spear that never misses and leaving presents for the children who have behaved and left treats for his horse and the wild hunt that accompanies him (straw left in shoes is still common in most of Europe). If you want to look at your "Christmas" tree, those originally represented Ygdrassil, the World Tree; that's why it's traditional to hang balls on them representing the worlds caught in the branches. Here's Jeremiah 10 Verses 2 - 4; 2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
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    Algeria Touchshriek

    December 6, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    "and have been glared at for wishing someone a 'Merry Christmas'"

    Where does this actually happen?  Seriously -- if in the heart of the third bluest city in the country  (Seattle) you won't get glared at for wishing something "Merry Christmas," where does this actually happen?  You want to call BS on the author?  I think it's fair to call BS on you regarding this point, because that's exactly what it is.


  • pupuk...
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    pupukeawahine

    December 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    The only war on Christmas I personally wage is the refusal to buy anymore Christmas crap for the house.  Every year there are NEWER!!  COOLER!!  TRENDIER!! Christmas decorations at all the stores--ornaments, wreaths, etc. to buy.  Every year I use the same stuff I've had for years. because I either loved it when I bought it, or spent a lot of time making it (I will pull out the same gorgeous wreath I put together years ago until I drop dead, then someone else in the family will probably do it).  The rest of the house is done up in fir boughs that have dropped off the trees from the park next door, or in our yard--plus we have holly trees that grow wild around here.  I refuse to spend a dime on decorations, don't buy many gifts at all.  Instead we spend all our time and dollars during this time of year on cooking, baking, candy-making, drinking & eating & having fun with others!  p.s.--we're non-Christians who still believe in calling it "Christmas" and still put up a little table-top manger scene every year.


  • Simpl...
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    Simply_Janeen

    December 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    The so-called War on Christmas has been going on for HUNDREDS of years, before this country was even a country. The only difference between then and now is who was against Christmas then compared to who is typically against it now. Then, the war on Christmas was waged by Christians (starting with the Puritans). Christmas was actually outlawed in the colonies and you could find yourself in big trouble for celebrating it. It did not become a legal holiday until well into the 1800's. Now that it is, it's seen as unpatriotic to not celebrate it and positively un-Christian even though there are Christians out there who do NOT celebrate Christmas!

    Rather than focusing on the so-called War on Christmas, feel free to celebrate how you want in your own home and forget about the grinches! Unless you happen to be married to one like I am to which I give you my deepest sympathies because I know how not fun that is.


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