December 22, 2017

A Look Back at the War on Christmas

Kristin TateRebel Buzz Contributor

Over the last decade, political correctness slowly sucked joy out of the holiday season.  “Offensive” Christmas trees were torn down in town squares. Public schools cancelled beloved holiday concerts. And we were all told to wish our neighbors “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”

Well-meaning efforts, championed by former President Barack Obama, to promote “inclusion” have sanitized Christmas traditions that we hold dear. In turn, many concerned Christian Americans began to believe there was a “War on Christmas.”

To claim there is a war on Christmas sounds dramatic to some, however, it cannot be denied that many elements of the holiday season have been eroded over the years. It’s worth taking a look back at some of the most absurd examples of the war on Christmas over the last few years.

Cities banned Christmas trees.

The city of Boston was one of numerous municipalities to officially re-name the giant spruce tree in its city park a “holiday tree” in order to be more inclusive. Many residents were furious with the name change, and rightly so. December is the Christmas season! It’s not just some general feel-good period of time. Plus, the holiday season is a time to celebrate our religious and culture differences—not a time to cover them up with bland names like “holiday tree.”

Grade schools cancelled Christmas traditions.

Schools removed “offensive” songs with religious meaning from holiday concerts and prohibited parents from giving Christmas cards.

As recently as 2016, one school in Pennsylvania cancelled its decades-old annual performance of “A Christmas Carol.” The beloved tradition came to an abrupt end, and many parents believe it was because of a line in the holiday classic that mentions God. The school principle said the decision was “rooted in a desire to be respectful” to the diverse student body. Apparently, in order to be tolerant and diverse, schools must eradicate any mention of God.

Companies sanitized Christmas, too.

Private businesses—from car manufacturers to cafes—have felt pressure from the Left. General Motors released ads showing “Tips for Transporting Your Holiday Tree.” Nowhere in the ad is the word “Christmas” used. Meanwhile, coffee drinkers were disappointed several years ago when Starbucks released its new “holiday” cup—which wasn’t very holiday-like, at all. Traditionally the company had released cheerful and festive Christmas cups in December. But their new politically-correct versions were nothing more than a simple red design, lacking any holiday symbols. The decision sucked the joy out of morning coffee (hey, it’s the little things)...

To be fair, General Motors and Starbucks are private companies and as such they can do whatever they please. But it seems these companies are bowing to pressure from Social Justice Warriors. 

Holiday parties and decorations became increasingly less… festive.

The University of Tennessee posted a list of suggestions for hosting a workplace holiday party. The university instructed students and staff that parties should build upon workplace relationships with “no emphasis on religion or culture."

"Ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise,” students and staff were instructed.

If that doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what else will.

Meanwhile, bows and gift wrap have been deemed “offensive” by administrators at the University of Minnesota. Apparently, wrapped gifts are not “respectful of the diversity of the community.”

Christmas carols were deemed offensive. 

According to the left, “Jingle Bells” is RACIST. “White Christmas” is RACIST. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is SEXIST. And if you don’t understand why these Christmas carols are offensive, then you’re PART OF THE PROBLEM!

Towns tore down Christmas displays.

Public holiday displays give people cheer, but many have been removed during recent years. Consider what happened in one small town in Minnesota. Residents watched as their beloved 40-year-old, life-size Nativity scene in the town square was torn down after pressure from an atheist group. This particular story has a happy ending, however. Residents responded by blanketing the town with hundreds of nativity scenes of their own.

Ultimately, working to create an environment where everyone feels included during the holidays is a good thing. But well-intentioned politically correct efforts have begun to take the joy and cheer out of our holidays.

During the Christmas season, Americans appreciate our differences and come together in celebration. At a time when politics has caused a deep divide in our nation, we should encourage celebration—not hinder it.

America could use a little more joy. And that’s exactly what December 25 is all about.

Kristin Tate is host of the weekly show Rebel Buzz and author of the book Government Gone Wild. Follow her on Twitter @KristinBTate

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commented 2018-01-18 03:24:30 -0500
For those of who are saying; “What can we do about it?” I encourage all of you to send this card to all of those you want to wish a “Merry Christmas” to!

Send this Card! —>
Here’s to a Merry 2018 Christmas!
-LAI, Planet’s Choice
commented 2017-12-23 05:20:34 -0500
The leftie’s attack on Christmas actually goes back some 30 years… I remember the disappointment my wife and I experienced when our grade school on Bowen Island, B.C. turned the annual Christmas pageant into a “mish-mash” of cartoonish “winter events”… For the first time in a hundred years there, no carols having a religious component were sung… Don’t know if that is still the case, but we moved off-island a few years later… Merry Christmas!…
commented 2017-12-23 04:39:53 -0500
Andrew men are men and women are women, quit trying to shove anything else down our throats. Same with abortion, pay for your own and don’t arrest people for protesting it.
commented 2017-12-23 04:38:42 -0500
Andrew quite the opposite is happening, now tell your peers to do the same.
commented 2017-12-22 12:46:06 -0500
Casual observers such as Andrew; who feel no connection to humankind, really are to be pitied. Meaningless lives, shallow perspectives & disengagement from historical reality is the lot of leftist ideologues.
Enjoy your solitary paid holiday Andrew, keep an eye on how long you microwave your Lean Cuisine!
commented 2017-12-22 12:29:41 -0500
Andrew Stephenson, you’re to be pitied more than ridiculed. Your life must be very shallow and meaningless. Merry Christmas.
commented 2017-12-22 11:05:41 -0500
There is no “war on Christmas”. It’s a holiday that not everyone celebrates, so we shouldn’t need to cram it down everyone’s throats because some traditionalists are offended.

I’m not offended when you say “Merry Christmas”. but I expect reciprocity when I say “happy holidays”.