Column: The War on Christmas

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The term "Christmas controversy" refers to the issue surrounding the celebration or acknowledgment of the Christmas holiday in government, media, advertising, and various secular environments. In the past, Christmas-related controversy was mainly restricted to concerns of a public focus on secular Christmas themes such as Santa Claus and gift-giving, rather than what is sometimes expressed by Christians as the real "reason for the season" — the birth of Jesus. The term “Xmas,” a popular shortened form of the word "Christmas” originates from the use of the Greek letter chi to represent "Christ" (Xristos), has been a particular topic of controversy among Christians unfamiliar with the historical roots of the term.

The expression War on Christmas is often been used to denote Christmas-related controversy in the media. The term gained notability thanks in part to its use by conservative commentators such as Peter Brimelow and Bill O'Reilly beginning in the early 2000s.

Bill O'Reilly, and some other prominent media figures and personalities, claim that any specific mention of the term "Christmas" or its religious aspects is being increasingly censored, avoided, or discouraged by a number of advertisers, retailers, government (prominently schools), and other public and secular organizations.

Fox Network has jumped on the bandwagon. People are tired of Benghazi, of General Petraeus and his search for Pussy Galore.

And since the word journalism is an oxymoron at Fox they are now dedicating hours to the  “War on Christmas.”   Nobody however debates on how those who do not share the same belief in Xmas feel when they are bombarded for over a month by trees, nativity scenes, carols, and lights. Nobody points out that Xmas can be arrogant, pushy and often downright annoying. We live, after all, in an increasingly multicultural sensitive, religiously diversifying society. Something that Pat Robertson has not yet grasped, in fact, he has hit out at those "miserable" atheists while Fox News has gone after Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee for calling the Xmas tree: The Holiday Tree.

To showcase how Christmas can be invasive and pervasive, I want to share the following story, courtesy of a friend of mine. It is the transcript of a conversation she has had with her mother:

My Xmas took a funny turn yesterday.

My mother found out we were not going to Italy so she insisted we go to her for lunch.

The Polish girl that lives-in with her has apparently bought a Christmas tree and decorated it.

I informed my mother that I didn’t get out of my obligations with Italian in-laws only to take on new ones.

Mom’s response “you have to come, it is tradition, we are going to have a typical Polish Christmas lunch.”

My response “Mom! We are Jews!, I am not taking on any more ‘traditions’ I have enough of my own.”

My mother “but you have a Christian in the house “referring to my husband.”

Me “I neutralized him.”

Mother “you have to come; it will be fun and typically Polish.”

Me - “Again with the Polish, the idea of huge quantities of good Italian food didn’t tempt me. How do you think I feel about large quantities of Polish food ?”

……silence.. and then “I can’t believe I gave birth to such a Bitch.”

I will keep you posted as the story develops.


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