The left hates Christmas because they hate every expression of faith in our society. On a deeper level, however, the war on Christmas is a war on America.
In many ways, Christmas is as much an American holiday as it is a Christian one. (No trees or tinsel in Bethlehem.) Today, only 63% of Americans call themselves Christian, while 93% celebrate Christmas. In other words, almost a third of those who celebrate Christmas are non-Christians.
More than Thanksgiving, Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, Christmas brings us together as a people.
Anything that brings Americans together, the left fears – like the flag, the national anthem, and statues of our heroes.
This is reflected in the push to get Christmas trees out of public parks and libraries (which have no problem celebrating Pride Month and having a drag queen story hour) and the holy war against holiday decorations in schools and other public spaces . Sales staff risk life and limb to wish customers a ‘Merry Christmas’.
The mainstream media tries to piss us off by telling us that the War on Christmas was invented by conservative groups to raise money and mobilize the base.
You really can’t make this stuff up.
The King County, Washington Human Rights Commission has banned Christmas and Hanukkah decorations from county employee workplaces — including virtual workplaces. Even holiday-themed clothing is popular.
“Some employees may not share your religion, practice any religion, or share your enthusiasm for decorating for the holidays,” a memo from the committee explains. This extreme sensitivity only applies to religious holidays. Everyone should participate in Pride Month and pay tribute to Black Lives Matter.
On the other side of the continent, the war on Christmas has taken an ugly turn.
The Needham Public Library in Massachusetts has decided it will break 28 years of tradition by not displaying a Christmas tree this year because anonymous people said last year, the greenery made them “uncomfortable.” What, did they think Tannenbaum was going to attack them or try to convert them to Christianity?
After a public outcry, the library backed down. The twist, in turn, led to a member of the city’s Human Rights Commission (HRCs are generally headquarters for secular witch hunts) going all Grinch, calling the lady who supported the tree’s return a “selfish b— —- ” and “disgusting garbage” that had somehow endangered the lives of municipal employees because “that’s what your daddy with the magic sky wants”. The billet-doux closed with the author wishing “great suffering” to the tree’s supporters. She has since resigned from her position.
If the right invented war on Christmas, why are there so many enemies of holiday cheer, ranging from the mildly obnoxious to the downright hysterical?
In part, it’s a sense of entitlement. Liberals believe they have the right not to be confronted with non-celebrating signs of celebration. But it goes far beyond that to a question of national identity.
The left is for everything that divides us—multiculturalism, critical race theory, sex education in schools and unisex bathrooms—and against everything that unites us. Nothing brings Americans together like Christmas — and I say that as a non-Christian.
For most Americans, Christmas brings happy childhood memories – fluffy snowflakes, colored lights, tinsel, piles of presents, festively decorated trees and stories about flying sleighs and a jolly old man who looks like your favorite uncle.
Christmas seems to be a uniquely American holiday — Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Yes, Virginia, There’s a Santa Claus,” and memories of a time before homeless encampments, illegal aliens crossing the border, fentanyl, and men in robes demanding their inalienable right to invade women’s showers and locker rooms. Christmas reminds us of a time when America was sane—the normalcy that many long for.
“Merry Christmas” is an expression of goodwill and hope for the future. Optimism is another American virtue.
The War on Christmas is not just another dimension of the culture war, but a psychological war against Americanism. The left isn’t just gunning for Christmas trees, glad tidings, and a cute old elf with a sack full of presents, but the American ideal, which we must fight to preserve.
Like Natalie Wood’s character in “Miracle on 34th Street,” we must believe—and keep believing—that there is a mystical connection between Christmas and America.
• Don Feder is a columnist for The Washington Times.