Parker Molloy has a nice summary of the most recent battles in The Totally Not Imaginary and Very Real War on Christmas. Molloy makes it clear that these most recent skirmishes are part of a very long campaign (Although Molloy doesn’t go back this far, the real War on Christmas was launched by a bunch of characteristically dour Protestant fanatics in Ye Merrie Olde Englande back in the day. Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” was actually a counter-attack against these attempts to take the fun out of Christmas. Old joke: why do Baptists oppose fornication? Because it could lead to dancing).
When Bill O’Reilly got the most recent campaign installment rolling 15 years ago, he was drawing on a venerable American tradition. O’Reilly in 2004:
All over the country, Christmas is taking flak. In Denver this past weekend, no religious floats were permitted in the holiday parade there. In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the holiday tree and no Christian Christmas symbols are allowed in the public schools. Federated Department Stores, [that’s] Macy’s, have done away with the Christmas greeting, “Merry Christmas.”
Hey Mayor (((Bloomberg))) that seems awfully cosmopolitan of you if you know what I mean, and in case you don’t here’s Henry Ford, patron saint of American capitalism, to pick up on what I’m putting down:
Last Christmas most people had a hard time finding Christmas cards that indicated in any way that Christmas commemorated Someone’s Birth. Easter they will have the same difficulty in finding Easter cards that contain any suggestion that Easter commemorates a certain event. There will be rabbits and eggs and spring flowers, but a hint of the Resurrection will be hard to find.
That’s from Ford’s 1921 opus, The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem.
The current ongoing hysteria about the War on Christmas was launched at the midway point of the now-30 year old moral panic over “political correctness,” which really means the Sacred Constitutional Right of Every Straight Cis-Gendered Protestant Able-Bodied White Man to never be made uncomfortable about anything ever, especially by Those People.
Indeed, it was to protect that most important of American rights that Donald Trump ran for president in the first place, as explained by arguably the most useless of his various hellspawn way back in 2016:
He opens up the paper each morning and sees our nation’s leaders giving a hundred billion dollars to Iran, or he opens the paper and some new school district has just eliminated the ability for its students to say the Pledge of Allegiance, or some fire department in some town is ordered by the mayor to no longer fly the American flag on the back of a fire truck. Or, he sees the tree on the White House lawn has been renamed “holiday tree” instead of “Christmas tree.” I could go on and on for hours. Those are the very things that made my father run, and those are the very things he cares about.
So in the spirit of the season, I’d like to wish Stephen Miller et. al. a very Merry Christmas indeed.