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Thursday, December 22, 2016

The War on Christmas is over (if you want it)

by digby

It's hard to keep your sense of humor right now. This may be the most disorienting and frightening holiday season I can remember and I've got quite a few under my belt.  But I am trying to keep it together and summon up my zen "this too shall pass" attitude about all of it. Indeed, I'm fervently hoping that my worries are overblown.

But whatever happens, with your help, we'll be keeping it real here as long as they let us keep the internet lights on. All of us here at Hullabaloo will be paying attention, even when it hurts, and we'll share with you our impressions and observations of how it's going.

So thanks again for your generosity in supporting the fundraiser this year. If you would still like to put a little something in the stocking, you can do so with the buttons to your left or use the snail mail address right underneath.

Meanwhile, I wrote this little ditty in the hopes of giving you a chuckle or two:

The holiday season is usually a joyful time when most of us get together with family, eat a lot of fattening food, watch football, take some time off work and celebrate the religious ceremonies of our choice. This year promises to be a little bit less enjoyable for many of us, due to the recent “unpleasantness” I probably don’t need to spell out. There are good reasons to be depressed but I won’t go into that now because there is good news to share that will make the season a little bit brighter. The “War on Christmas” is finally over.

V.C. Day was officially declared this week by Bill “Santa’s General” O’Reilly, the man who led the fight:

You may remember about 10 years ago, “The O’Reilly Factor” began spotlighting companies that refused to say the words “Merry Christmas.” In fact, some of those businesses actually ordered their employees not to say that. Well, that culture war issue ignited.

And we won.

Most companies stopped the nonsense and “Merry Christmas” became a common greeting once again. For me, it was interesting to go through that, because some on the far left actually denied there was any controversy at all and claimed that I fabricated it. More lies from a crew that is incapable of telling the truth.

Commander Newt “Zuzu Petals” Gingrich fought bravely by O’Reilly’s side for years, relentlessly attacking the government forces who were banning all federal employees from saying “Merry Christmas” — well, banning them from using federal money to send their personal Christmas cards anyway, which, of course, is exactly the same thing.

And Sgt. Denny Hastert, the former speaker of the House and current inmate at a Minnesota federal prison, won one of the earliest and most important battles of the war by making it a steadfast rule that the U.S. Capitol tree be referred to only as a Christmas tree, not a “holiday tree.” There are some who say that early victory sustained the troops through the hard years that followed.

Gen. O’Reilly and the rest of the far right fought a trench war for a decade, getting nowhere as the secularists insisted on banning “Merry Christmas” and forcing everyone in America to regurgitate the hated words “Happy holidays” instead. And then a true leader emerged, a man so strong, so powerful, so magical that like a superhero he was able to win the war pretty much single-handedly. That man, of course, is President-elect Donald Trump.

As his former campaign manager, CNN commentator and newly minted lobbyist Corey Lewandowski declared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, “You can say again ‘Merry Christmas’ because Donald Trump is now the president. You can say it again. It’s OK to say.”


At a victory rally last week, the man who insists that the country is going to come together (or else) got huge cheers when he said, “So when I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here someday and we are going to say Merry Christmas again. Merry Christmas. So, Merry Christmas everyone!” And all of Christian Wisconsin was free once more to say the sacred words.

At Trump’s Michigan rally he took it even farther and declared that all those department stores that refuse to celebrate Christmas are going to toe the line from now on:

We’re gonna start saying “Merry Christmas” again. How about all those department stores, they have the bells and they have the red walls and they have the snow, but they don’t have “Merry Christmas”? I think they’re gonna start putting up “Merry Christmas.”

But like those lone Japanese soldiers found still carrying on the fight on islands years after the end of World War II, some grizzled “War on Christmas” veterans are still skirmishing. The Breitbart Brigade is still battling a few stray secularists who they say have moved “beyond opposition to Nativity scenes and Wise Men to denying the very existence of Jesus.” If that catches on, the fragile peace could be broken and everyone will once again be racing through department stores, knocking over Christmas trees, shrieking, “Happy Holidays!” and spitting on Santa. (They never thank him for his service.)

Those holiday haters will be met with fierce resistance if they try. Trump’s Christmas army is prepared to do whatever it takes to secure the right to say, “Merry Christmas” in America again. For instance, there are brave soldiers like the mayor’s chief of staff in Mobile, Alabama, who went the extra mile to honor his leader the way he most wanted to be honored, with a Christmas tree.

But chief of staff knew that just going to a corner tree lot would not suffice. The great Donald Trump would need a yuuuge tree, a beautiful tree, a special tree. So this good man went above and beyond the call of duty and had an old-growth evergreen in one of Mobile’s public parks cut down to use as a prop for Trump’s Christmas victory rally.

Some anti-Christmas crusaders were unhappy, of course, and the good soldier had to offer up an apology. But being the hero he is he made sure that everyone could see that his confession was forced:

I accept full responsibility for having this done. For this, I sincerely apologize. Going forward, I will be more sensitive to the spectrum of concerns regarding trees.

One can imagine him defiantly blinking, “Merry Christmas” in Morse code as he said it.

The good news is that war is over, if you want it, America. Happy Holidays, everyone. And now that we are finally free at last, Merry Christmas, too.

It's Holiday Fundraiser time. If you'd like to contribute, you can do so below or use the snail mail address at the top of the left column. Thank you!

Happy Hollandaise everyone.

cheers --- digby