December 08, 2017

REBEL BUZZ: Making Christmas Great Again

Kristin TateRebel Buzz Contributor

The holiday season is upon us! It’s my favorite time of year. But for the last decade or so, many Americans have watched in horror as political correctness has eroded many holiday traditions we hold dear

But now that President Trump is in office, that all may change. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised to get rid of the overwhelming political correctness that’s slowly sucking the joy out of the holidays we love here in America.

The Trump family Christmas card was recently released, and it proudly wished everyone a “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays,” the Obama’s preferred greeting.

And don't forget, during his first year in office, President Obama and his wife Michelle also considered removing the Nativity from the White House in order to be “inclusive.”

The Trumps have taken a different approach. The family recently unveiled their White House Christmas decorations. The Trump's selected the theme of this year’s decorations: “Time Honored Traditions,” is meant to pay respect to hundreds of years of Christmas traditions in this nation.

If political correctness continues to go unchecked, eventually we will be living in a colorless, cultureless society where nobody can do anything because somebody is always offended. Part of what makes America strong is the freedom we have, the right to free speech, to practice any religion, and to celebrate any holidays. For too long, these freedoms have been eroded in the name of political correctness. It’s time to make our holidays great again. And Trump just might be the one who can do it.

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commented 2017-12-11 20:18:44 -0500
You’re judging me by your Christianormative belief system, even though I have clearly indicated I don’t participate in it?

I will indeed enjoy my microwaved dinner that night, thank you very much for the serving suggestion. Perhaps I will bypass the microwave and just eat it cold out of the freezer. Even though there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, I’m sure you will also find that worthy of derision based upon standards that you alone subscribe to.
commented 2017-12-10 18:54:42 -0500
Andrew Stephenson, you are indeed one of those people who try and suck the joy out Christmas, so as you microwave your meal on December 25 and pat yourself on the back for being contrary on most matters, many of us will be celebrating with family and friends!
commented 2017-12-10 16:30:44 -0500
Drew Wakariuk commented 13 hours ago
Andrew he is not virtue signalling, you need to look in the mirror for that, and yes your phony claim to victimhood is virtue signalling. "

I’ve already addressed this, and it is indeed virtue signaling. As in, he’s publicly signaling a virtue.

“Drew Wakariuk commented 13 hours ago
Frank Hohimer other countries celebrate on a different day. And what day was he born on then?” Nobody knows, nobody kept track of such things but incidental evidence suggests sometime in the spring or summer. They don’t even know what YEAR he was born in (3-6 BCE?) , let alone the specific date within.

Easter’s a pagan celebration of spring (bunnies and eggs aren’t Christian symbols either) that happened to coincide with the crucifixion. Interestingly enough, in the older Julian Calendar used at the time, and still used by Orthodox churches for calculating holidays, the earliest possible date for Easter (April 4) is actually after the actual date it happened (April 3, 33 CE).
commented 2017-12-10 03:28:58 -0500
Frank Hohimer Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. TRUTH HURTS EH?
commented 2017-12-10 03:23:59 -0500
Andrew you said lgbtqcacsd or whatever just want to be left alone to live their lives, then grant others the same courtesy. You love it when the government shoves its nose in other people lives.
commented 2017-12-10 03:22:07 -0500
Frank Hohimer other countries celebrate on a different day. And what day was he born on then? Now go whine like a good left wing sheep while condemning others for boycotting for their own reasons LMAO! The left whines like little bitches all the time-TRUTH HURTS EH?
commented 2017-12-10 03:18:48 -0500
Andrew he is not virtue signalling, you need to look in the mirror for that, and yes your phony claim to victimhood is virtue signalling.
commented 2017-12-10 03:16:36 -0500
Andrew i agree , but that does not excuse anyone from stopping ads and other Christian(EASTER) and non-Christian(HALLOWEEN) celebrations.
commented 2017-12-09 14:26:37 -0500
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt,

The truth hurts, eh?

LOL.
commented 2017-12-09 14:15:51 -0500
I love that people say that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ – meanwhile he wasn’t born on December 25th. They bow down to Christ – yet are clueless about him.
commented 2017-12-09 11:05:34 -0500
“Peter Netterville commented 17 hours ago
Christmas has always been about one thing, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Yes, non-Christians have distorted Christmas to be whatever twisted thing they want, but that does not and will never change the fact that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Christ. "

The December holiday is an odd cobbling of Roman, Pagan, Christian, and Secular influences. Christmas trees, gift giving, etc, are definitely not of Christian origin.

So, in a technical perspective, yes, the Christian backstory is purely Christian, but the actual celebration itself is not purely Christian. There’s no evidence Christ was born at this time of year, but rather the early Christian traditions were basically overlaid on pre-existing celebrations to make conversion easier. From that same technical perspective, if you remove the Christian story from it (as many people are not Christian) you are still left with the underlying celebration of the solstice, Saturnalia, or whatever- it is historically valid to have a winter holiday without the Christian components, and/or arbitrarily appropriate it for your own purposes. It wouldn’t be the first time that happened.
commented 2017-12-09 09:12:47 -0500
Frank/Jack – piss off!
commented 2017-12-08 22:43:51 -0500
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt,

Awesome – offer to pay for it if it’s so inexpensive, including pulling the ad and replacing it with a new one to every source that already has the old ad.

Is this really the shit that keeps you up at night that you actually took the time to contact GM over this nothingness in the big picture?

Perhaps you need a hobby.
commented 2017-12-08 21:00:16 -0500
Oh Frank/Jack, you don’t pay attention…I’m from Ontario!
If you saw this ad, you would realize it would cost a couple of hundred bucks!!!! You are a funny little man!
commented 2017-12-08 20:06:12 -0500
“Please Re film the ad”.

Clearly someone doesn’t know what it costs to produce an ad in addition to the costs to get the ad aired, but sure let’s eat that cost and spend even more money so little Tammy in Alberta can be happy.

LOL.
commented 2017-12-08 18:07:21 -0500
- For years I’ve avoided doing business with companies that don’t say Merry Christmas.
commented 2017-12-08 18:01:47 -0500
Christmas has always been about one thing, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Yes, non-Christians have distorted Christmas to be whatever twisted thing they want, but that does not and will never change the fact that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Christ.
commented 2017-12-08 17:31:19 -0500
Oh Andrew, you still don’t get it. Oh well, enjoy your Stouffers!
commented 2017-12-08 17:05:04 -0500
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt “At the closing of my e-mail, I said, “Haven’t you heard? The war on saying Christmas has been cancelled!!”

The President doesn’t control cultural norms. GM’s current ad campaign is not driven by presidential decree.

“Martin Ashfield commented 41 mins ago
AL PETERSON said " ANDREW STEPHENSON, Trump isn’t virtue signalling. He is upholding a Western tradition".

But much more than that Mr. Trump is holding up a CHRISTIAN tradition."
Exactly. Virtue signaling for special iinterests.

Name calling typically means you don’t have an actual rebuttal. Although, not out of line for self-identified Christians, I find.
commented 2017-12-08 16:26:13 -0500
MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone, and to all a blessed Christmas!
commented 2017-12-08 16:24:34 -0500
AL PETERSON said " ANDREW STEPHENSON, Trump isn’t virtue signalling. He is upholding a Western tradition".

But much more than that Mr. Trump is holding up a CHRISTIAN tradition.
ANDREW STEPHENSON you are not only an idiot that thinks of insane things to say in the hopes of offending someone here on the Rebel, but you only succeed in showing everyone how dumb and stupid and ridiculous you really are.
Go back to the CBC where your Trudeau loving non Christian ways will be truly appreciated.
commented 2017-12-08 16:19:15 -0500
I looked up the definition, and it’s “the action or practice of publicly expressing opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one’s good character or the moral correctness of one’s position on a particular issue.”

Trump is publicly expressing an opinion to demonstrate the “moral correctness” of his position on acknowledging Christmas .

So, yes, I think you could indeed argue that Trump’s virtue signaling on this one. The only opposition I could think of to that assessment, would be a purely partisan one. (as in, someone claiming that virtue signaling is exclusive to the Left) but of course that is nonsense.
commented 2017-12-08 16:16:24 -0500
Rebels, I will share the response I received from GM Canada concerning their ad campaign featuring Joe who explains how to attach a “Holiday Tree” to your vehicle. I used the standard “contact us” option and asked why GM prefers political correctness over calling the Christmas tree what it really is…
I pointed out millions of people celebrate Christmas & decorate Christmas trees as a part of that celebration; and GM’s decision to soften the message is baffling. I used David Menzies line in my e-mail as well, “I’m sure Joe uses the term Christmas tree when he in not filming an advertisement for GM.” At the closing of my e-mail, I said, “Haven’t you heard? The war on saying Christmas has been cancelled!!” I asked them to re-film the ad and drop “holiday tree” altogether, call it what it is.

GM’s response below
“Thank you for your email.

We value your comments and appreciate the time you have taken to communicate with us regarding your dissatisfaction with our advertising campaign. We understand you are sincere in your criticism, and we appreciate the time you have taken to offer us your feedback.

In today’s competitive business world, General Motors makes every effort to offer advertising that is both original and innovative. It is never our intent to offend an individual or group of consumers. General Motors of Canada Company does care about your personal expectations, and have forwarded your comments to the appropriate department for their review.

We appreciate the time you have taken to correspond with us and offer your concerns and comments. Your comments have been documented.

Thank you for contacting General Motors of Canada Company."

Kyrie H.
Customer Care Ambassador
www.gm.ca

To contact me directly:
1-800-263-3777
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commented 2017-12-08 15:15:46 -0500
Narnia- the Leftwing ideal. “Where it is always winter but never Christmas.”
commented 2017-12-08 15:11:07 -0500
Andrew, Trump isn’t virtue signalling. He is upholding a Western tradition. Obama was virtue signalling by wanting to show how inclusive he was. You really should learn the definitions of words before you use them. But then lefties are always monkeying with definitions in order to deceive.
commented 2017-12-08 14:20:29 -0500
I really don’t think Trumps’ virtue signaling really changes anyone’s opinion at all. Christmas is ubiquitous this year, as it was last year, and the year before, rapidly becoming an entire season. Too much money to be made for it to go anywhere.
commented 2017-12-08 12:47:35 -0500
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL