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Holiday Special

© Drew Sheneman

How can anyone believe there is a war on Christmas? I’ve been inundated with Christmas songs, decorations, and everything else for weeks already. If there is a war on Christmas, it is the effort to turn it into a consumer extravaganza, rather than a religious holiday.



  1. il-08 wrote:

    It sounds better than a war on secularism…

    Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    What religious holiday is it? 😉

    Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink
  3. David Freeman wrote:

    I was initially puzzled by the whole concept of “a war on Christmas”. At first I assumed it referred to the commercialization of Christmas. Au Contraire, they want to maximize the commercialization by eradicating “Happy Holidays”. Once again it is the bully claiming victimhood.

    Now I think: “War on Christmas” … bring it on. I neither give nor desire to receive XMas presents and I only celebrate ExMas. However, I do enjoy giving and receiving presents so I make sure the recipients are aware that any proximity to Dec 25 is purely coincidental.

    Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    We did something different this year. We sent out Hallowe’en cards instead of Christmas cards. Everyone loved them! And we got them out of the way much earlier so we didn’t have to worry about crazy Christmas mail delays.

    I like the idea of sending out a letter and card once a year, so this was great. If everyone reading this started sending out Hallowe’en cards maybe this would become a trend.

    And you can’t accuse this idea of being anti-religious. After all, Hallowe’en is “All Hallows Day” to the Christians, and is the day we remember our ancestors and other dearly departeds.

    As for David, how about exchanging presents on Oct 31. 🙂

    Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink
  5. ebdoug wrote:

    Halloween is “All Hallows Eve”
    The next day November 1st is “All Hallows Day”'_Day

    My card is in PDF. I mostly mail them, but can also PDF them. I ordered stamps on December 4th, they were mailed to me December 6th, they arrived December 12th—-after my cards were mailed. I e-mailed the Postal Service and told them I could send them PDF for free and no wait.

    Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
  6. Don in Waco wrote:

    Well, I’m no etymologist nor do I play at it on the interwebs, but I’m looking at Happy Holiday and without too much imagination I can see Happy Holy Day. I’m I off base here? As for public and private displays, lots of trees get decorated so I’m one happy pagan. Happy solstice, yall.

    P.S. Plant a new tree for every tree you sacrifice to your Christ-mas, would you?

    Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:

    Good point Don. Holiday is “Holy Day” so what’s the problem?

    Eva, I meant “All Hallows Eve” — that’s what I get for typing in a hurry.

    Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Permalink
  8. ebdoug wrote:

    It is dark this time of year; especially in Alaska so there can’t be much work done outside. Hence for eons, the “dark time” celebrations with light and decorations come now for all Religions and non.

    Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:14 am | Permalink
  9. PatriotSGT wrote:

    I love Christmas, I don’t particularly like the over-commercialization, but I even enjoy shopping at the mall on a busy weekend close to xmas eve. I like the decorations and lights and I love the christmas carrols specially The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. I love the suprise and wonder that was/is on my children’s faces when they come down the stairs and see the gifts, as evidence Santa was there and taking bite out of a cookie and drinking the milk. I love the magic and think it’s a great childhood memory to have and pass on.
    When I served overseas we’d always find some scubly tree and someone would find some lights and we’d make a christmas tree out of it. One year a school back in the states sent us some live mini trees with the lights already on them and the Soldiers adored them. We planted them after the season so hopefully they’re still grwoing there today.
    I don’t see a real “war on Christmas” out there, except maybe in a few isolated instances. No one has ever told me I can’t put up lights in my house or yard or that I can’t sing songs. I have adopted my greeting to Happy Holidays vs Merry Christmas, but that is more out of respect to others as I live in an area with many different religions. I’m not particulary religious so it doesn’t really bother me.

    Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 8:55 am | Permalink
  10. David Freeman wrote:

    PSGT – “I have adopted my greeting to Happy Holidays vs Merry Christmas, but that is more out of respect to others as I live in an area with many different religions.”

    Well and simply put. We’re a nation with different religions so many municipalities and large retail chains thought it was appropriate to do the same. That, according to O’Reilly and FOX, is sadly the war on Christmas. We just try to be nice to people who are different and FOX takes that as opportunity to rile up their base.

    Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink
  11. rk wrote:

    This year, I’m sending out congratulatory cards to survivors of the apocalypse. Just in case I don’t survive, I’ve a goal to get them mailed by Thursday. Gotta go, I’ve a lot to do…

    IK, don’t read this, it’ll spoil the surprise!

    Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink
  12. Duckman wrote:

    I have yet to find someone who gets upset about hearing Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. You are kind toward another person. If I met someone who had an issue with it they would receive no more kind words from me, but a hardy fuck you every day 😀

    Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink
  13. Beauzeaux wrote:

    “the effort to turn it into a consumer extravaganza, rather than a religious holiday”

    That ship has already sailed.

    Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Permalink
  14. rk wrote:

    I do have friends that get upset at Merry Christmas. They don’t insist on recognition of their own religion, only that other religions exist and shouldn’t be excluded.

    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Permalink