Expect a mad run on Christmas cards and stocking stuffers in stores across the nation, as Donald Trump has officially been declared the victor in the War on Christmas. In a Fox News interview Tuesday, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski declared:
“You can say again, ‘Merry Christmas,’ because Donald Trump is now the president… You can say it again, it’s OK to say, it’s not a pejorative word anymore.”
It’s unclear exactly how long Christians have been unable to celebrate Christmas in the US or when the war got started. Perhaps it was when Barack Obama refused to have a Christmas tree in the White House. Oh wait… that never happened.
VIDEO: Obama family lights DC's National Christmas Tree https://t.co/TvplcWmDmL
— Allison Seymour (@Fox5DCAllison) December 2, 2016
— The World Almanac (@worldalmanac) December 27, 2014
What about when politicians had to start working long hours, sitting at their desks well into the wee hours of Christmas morning, like some taxpayer-funded Bob Cratchits? Not a chance; Congress breaks December 19, in honor of the Christmas holiday.
Maybe it has something to do with commerce, and stores not being allowed to sell or advertise Christmas merchandise. That must be it, right?
#NothingSaysTheHolidaysLike Walmart putting out the Christmas stock in late August
— Shea Browning (@SheaBrowning) December 1, 2016
A Valiant Fight
Despite the hazy origins of the war, fine upstanding citizens took to social media to declare their support for the cause. They fought hard against the vile word “holiday,” even suggesting the clever “Trumpsmas” as a more reasonable alternative.
I pledge my allegiance the original way, sayin Merry Christmas not happy holidays
— kade clemens (@ClemensKade) December 4, 2016
If Jesus was back among us, he'd be a law-abiding gun owner.
He'd support the Police.
And he'd say "Merry Christmas" not "Happy Holidays."
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) November 27, 2016
Donald Trump joined the battle on the campaign trail, promising to reinstate the no-longer-used greeting “Merry Christmas:”
“If I become president, we’re all going to be saying Merry Christmas again, that I can tell you. That I can tell you.
“I guarantee if I become president, we’re going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ at every store.”
Because when you’re the new leader of the free world, that’s what’s important: making sure the cashier at the checkout greets you the right way as you’re making your important Christmas purchases, such as Christmas cards and guns and pointy white hoods and such.
We Say, "Merry Christmas!!"
NOT "Happy Holidays" pic.twitter.com/vuTzRiULKK
The “War on Christmas” seems to be a battle waged by people offended by the use of the word “holiday,” and by the fact that their chosen religion isn’t always represented in secular aspects of life, such as government and trade.
Here’s the truth: The United States is a nation that virtually shuts down on Christmas. We’re also a nation comprised of people embracing more than 300 different religious beliefs — and that’s not counting all the secular and cultural differences. There is no war on Christmas.
“Happy holidays” is, by definition, an inclusive term:
“1. holy day
2. a day on which one is exempt from work; specifically : a day marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event
3. chiefly British : vacation —often used in the phrase on holiday —often used in plural
4. a period of exemption or relief <corporations enjoying a tax holiday>”
If someone wishes you “Happy holidays,” they aren’t wishing you ill. The word “holiday” embraces all holy days, including Christmas. It’s a matter of semantics and inclusion, not discrimination. Discrimination would look more like shouting at people for not following your religion.
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