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The war on Christmas: The gift that keeps on giving!

Posted by keithosaunders on December 23, 2010

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the ongoing war on Christmas.  Like Iraq and Afghanistan, it is a war with no end in sight.  Like a Bill Clinton speech it goes on and on, causing both liberals and conservatives to collapse in an irate heap at the side of the yuletide road. 

I thought that the WOC had died down until I came across this peach of an article in the Washington Post.  To summarize, Nina Totenberg, a legal correspondent from NPR’s All Things Considered,  was appearing on a show called “Inside Washington.”  During a discussion about tax cuts she threw in an anecdote:

“I was at — forgive the expression – a Christmas party at the Department of Justice,” she said, going on to explain how guests there were worried about the impact of spending cuts.

This [almost apologetic] reference to Christmas was red meat for conservative pundits and bloggers.  It was gold, for Christ’s sake!  Oops…pardon the expression. 

Then, the backtracking!  Totenberg defended herself by saying how much she adored the Christmas holiday and that her usage of the term ‘pardon the expression’ was ironic — that she was tweaking the Department of Justice. 

Well isn’t that just meta.   How many layers of irony do we have to cut through to follow these shows?  Come on, Nina, why not come clean and admit that you are at war with Christmas.  And while I’m at it, why do you hate America?

I thought that the War on Christmas ™ was yesterday’s news.  Wasn’t it three or four years ago when Bill O’Reilly went on a rampage against the politically correct ‘Happy Holidays’ crowd?  Apparently I was wrong.  The shrapnel from the Totenberg incident is spreading far and wide across this great, yet divided nation.

Now for a surprise.  I am officially entering the war…on the side of Christmas!  You know what?  It’s not that big of a deal to say Merry Christmas.  First of all, it’s anything but a religious holiday — Madison Avenue saw to that many years ago.  That said, it’s not a bad thing to have a day of the year where families get together and eat like Romans.  What’s the harm?  There ‘s corny music, great food, and plenty of alcohol.  

I’m a Jew who is not offended by Christmas.  Maybe if the Maccabees had a little more personality we would be fighting the War on Hanukkah.  So I say to you all from my podium at World of Keitho, Merry Christmas to one and all!

2 Responses to “The war on Christmas: The gift that keeps on giving!”

  1. bkivey said

    It seems that those who claim that Christmas is somehow offensive are of a kind with those who claim that sports team’s mascots are somehow offensive (well, take the MLB Indians logo and D.C. NFL team name, please): they all claim that some aspect of Western culture is offensive to people who for some reason can’t speak for themselves. This attitude is more than a little condescending and insulting to the alleged ‘victims’. In the recent UK Red Cross kerfuffle over Christmas decorations several Muslims, including a Muslim Member of Parliament, made that point.

    Blatant commercialization not withstanding, Christmas is a religious celebration for hundreds of millions of Christians world-wide. It’s a poor sort of person that takes offense in sincere wishes of goodwill. I think it’s long past time that those who claim offense for themselves and others were ignored, or perhaps we should wish them a Merry Christmas, then tell them to STFU.

    • Christmas, though a religious holiday for a small percentage, has become a generic holiday for the masses. All of the Santa Claus myth and its marketing as a shopping holiday is as far from religion as we can get. To me, saying Merry Christmas has no more religious value as Happy Thanksgiving.

      As for the mascots, both the Indians and the old time Redskins logos were the most offensive. I liek old-timey logos and for this reason I am guilty of liking the Indians chief Wahoo, but you can see how this crude, exaggerated caricature would be offensive to an American Indian. The Redskins log, which thankfully was doen away with decades ago, was even worse.

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