10 reasons why Trump’s ‘war on Christmas’ is bogus.

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Why am I bringing this up in July?

Because HE did.

This infuriating article appeared in today’s Huffington Post:

Trump Launches the War on Christmas in July

Trump has railed on about the non-existent “war on Christmas” for the past several years, riling up his base of zealous far right religious supporters.   You may remember the drama over the Starbucks coffee cups two years ago.  Plastic throwaway takeout cups failing to have Christmas decorations printed on them  (Heaven help us!  They’re SOLID COLORED!) is apparently a more pressing issue than the Russia investigation, developing problems with North Korea, making sure every American has affordable healthcare, and keeping the planet from turning into Venus 2.0.

But Trump’s issue with people allegedly waging a war on Christmas is totally bogus and here are ten reasons why.

1.  Trump is not a Christian, so a war on Christmas should be of no concern to him.

I’m not here to judge the state of another person’s soul, but it’s pretty clear to me and to many others that if Trump was truly a Christian, it would show in his actions and general behavior toward others.    He is still a lying, gaslighting, cowardly, projecting, wrathful, spiteful, egotistic, name-calling, bullying, blame-shifting malignant narcissist who has surrounded himself with a cabinet of greedy sociopaths, and that’s about as far away from Jesus as you can get.   He shows no empathy and seems to think he’s above the law.  He denies reality.   If Trump was really a Christian, he would be repenting over his past actions both in business and in his personal life.  He has shown no remorse and in fact bragged that he doesn’t need God’s forgiveness.   He doesn’t seem at all sorry about anything he’s ever done and I have never heard him take any responsibility for anything, ever.  I have never heard him say he’s sorry or admit when he’s been wrong.

It makes no difference whether or not Trump attends church or SAYS he’s a Christian or allows a group of evangelicals to pray over him.    Anyone could do those things; it’s all window dressing intended to impress his religious base and please his wealthy Christian financial backers.   “By their fruits you shall know them,”  said Jesus in Matthew 7: 15-20, and so far, Trump has produced nothing but bad fruit.  A Christian doesn’t brag about grabbing women by the pussy or make sexual references about his own daughter, not to mention the many things he is doing to endanger people’s lives and happiness, and the health of the planet itself.   So no, from everything I can tell, Trump is not a Christian and I feel perfectly justified in saying so.   It doesn’t matter that I can’t see the state of his soul, but I can see and hear from his deeds and words that there is no Christ in his heart.  So I don’t want to hear Trump whine about a fictional war on Christmas, since from everything I can see, he’s a Christian in name only, if even that.

2. Christmas is based on a pagan feast.  Early Christians did not celebrate Christmas.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say we must celebrate Jesus’ birthday.  According to Google.com,

The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December.

History.com explains why December 25th was selected:

Was Jesus really born on December 25 in the first place? Probably not. The Bible doesn’t mention his exact birthday, and the Nativity story contains conflicting clues. For instance, the presence of shepherds and their sheep suggest a spring birth. When church officials settled on December 25 at the end of the third century, they likely wanted the date to coincide with existing pagan festivals honoring Saturn (the Roman god of agriculture) and Mithra (the Persian god of light). That way, it became easier to convince Rome’s pagan subjects to accept Christianity as the empire’s official religion

The celebration of Christmas spread throughout the Western world over the next several centuries, but many Christians continued to view Epiphany and Easter as more important. Some, including the Puritans of colonial New England, even banned its observance because they viewed its traditions—the offering of gifts and decorating trees, for example—as linked to paganism. In the early days of the United States, celebrating Christmas was considered a British custom and fell out of style following the American Revolution. It wasn’t until 1870 that Christmas became a federal holiday.

3. Trump isn’t whining about the secular commercialism of Christmas.

Christmas in America has become much more about gift giving (and big business raking in lots of money every year) than it is about the birth of Jesus.   What do snowflakes on coffee cups, Christmas wreaths, coniferous trees, prettily wrapped gifts, Black Friday, and sparkly cards that say “Merry Christmas” have to do with actual Christianity?  Nothing, that’s what.  In fact, these traditions are engaged in by many Jews, atheists, and people of religions other than Christianity.  I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with  these things and they can be a lot of fun, but let’s not pretend these things are remotely religious because they aren’t.    Christmas, especially in America, is much more about celebrating capitalism (and the togetherness of family and friends) than it is to any Biblical event.     And, while the gift giving, decorations, and activities can be a lot of fun, they can also cause a lot of stress, especially for people who lack the money to buy gifts or don’t have close relationships with family or friends.   There’s a reason why so many people become so depressed during the holiday season.   But I don’t see Trump complaining about how commercialized Christmas has become; I only see him whining about people and groups who refuse to embrace its commercialism.

4. People have been saying “Happy Holidays” for DECADES.  Why is it suddenly an issue?

Trump acts like people saying “Happy Holidays” is a new development, but it’s actually very old.    I remember during the 1960s and 70s,  my parents always sent out cards that said “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” because so many of the people they knew were Jewish.  No one took offense.   It wasn’t an issue for anyone, Christian or not.    I even remember some of the old Christmas songs said “Happy Holidays.”   Again, never an issue.    I’m sure the trend is a lot older even than I am.   Here’s a very old Christmas card, I’m not sure what year, but it looks to date from the early 20th century or even the late 19th:

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5. It’s even harder to enjoy Christmas now that it’s become political. 

It’s bad enough that we have to deal with the financial and emotional stresses of the Christmas season, but now we have to worry that we might offend someone by using the wrong holiday Christmas seasonal? greeting.   Maybe it’s just better to say nothing at all and not give out cards either because they also might offend somebody.    It sucks we can’t even enjoy the holidays anymore without it being a potential politically divisive issue.  Again, it was never like this before.  It’s been MADE a political issue.   #6 may be the reason why.

6. Trump is actually waging a war on non-Christians.

Okay, I can’t prove it, but it seems to me that Trump’s phony ‘war on Christmas’ is intended to anger his far right Christian base, who are not likely to think too critically and just take it on faith that whatever Trump says is the truth.  So if he says there’s a war on Christmas, then by God, there’s a war on Christmas and on Christianity itself.   This is intentional, as Trump and his fundamentalist/dominionist Christian backers and cabinet members have every intention of turning America into a theocracy, instead of a nation that has always prided itself on religious freedom and diversity.    To some of these extreme right-wing Christians, “religious freedom” means the freedom to force their beliefs on others, not the freedom to worship (or not worship) the way you choose.

According to today’s HuffPo,  at the “Celebrate Freedom” event at the Kennedy Center on Saturday night, Trump said,

“I remind you that we’re going to start staying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”

Is he actually attempting to legislate the words we use?   It sure seems like it from his choice of words.   The intent here is to bring us farther away from democracy than we already are and closer to theocratic rule.    A free country does not tell people what they can and cannot say, at Christmas or at any other time or for any other reason.

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7. Would Jesus actually care if people said “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”?

I highly doubt it.  I doubt Jesus was narcissistic enough to insist we use his name when celebrating his non-birthday.  As mentioned before, nowhere in the Bible are we told we must celebrate Christmas or use a particular greeting.  In fact, I bet Jesus would be ashamed of us for attaching his name to a holiday that has become mostly secular and fun at best, and a crass celebration of greed and materialism at worst.    Again, Christmas wasn’t celebrated by anyone until the 300’s when a Pope decided it was a holy day.

8.  The “war on Christmas” is most likely a distraction from the real issues. 

Trump seems to like to stir up drama whenever the heat is on and he’s being criticized for much more serious issues.   This is classic Cluster B behavior and Trump displays it every. single. day.   In deflecting attention from himself and pointing fingers at others (primarily the media, but individuals too), he is really trying to take the light of truth off his own shady, amoral, and possibly illegal activities.

9.  It’s things like this that make people despise Christians.

When Christians (or any other group) whine incessantly about how persecuted they are (when they really aren’t) and fixate on minor issues (like the fictional war on Christmas) they believe prove they are being persecuted, it makes people hate them, and for good reason.   As a Christian myself, I’m embarrassed to be associated with phony “Christians” like Trump who try to restrict our freedoms and obsess over trivia in their efforts to alienate people with different beliefs and divide a nation.

10. He’s yapping about this in JULY.

Yes, fellow Americans, Trump is whining about his bogus war on Christmas the day before we celebrate America’s independence.   Does that historical event mean nothing to him?   It’s an insult to all those who have fought and died for our country.   But what else can we expect from a man who does nothing but insult others?

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19 Responses to 10 reasons why Trump’s ‘war on Christmas’ is bogus.

  1. It’s disruption through distraction, and sadly it seems to be working.

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  2. You nailed it. Every time I think it can’t get worse there he goes again…
    Enough already!!

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    • luckyotter says:

      Yup, every day is another outrage. This is our new normal, and that’s scary because if we start to think of this as normal, that’s their cue to take us another step into the abyss of fascism. We can NEVER think of this as normal because it isn’t. Keep being outraged!

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  3. adamjasonp says:

    “He is still a lying, gaslighting, cowardly, projecting, wrathful, spiteful, egotistic, name-calling, bullying, blame-shifting malignant narcissist who has surrounded himself with a cabinet of greedy sociopaths, and that’s about as far away from Jesus as you can get.”

    Lol, yeah, certainly sounds like it. 😅

    …Personally, I refuse this “new normal.” The administration is testing the laws and Constitution regularly, and thankfully, most people aren’t giving in, adhering to said laws and rights. The noise in social media is, however… ugh. And probably going to get worse with the dupes and bots. He’ll say anything and have no foundation (but populism) to believe it for himself.

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    • luckyotter says:

      It’s amazing the lengths to which people will go to continue living in delusionland, including the Liar in Chief himself, ESPECIALLY him. I agree things will get worse before they get better, maybe a lot worse, but we have a strong foundation and I think in the end, good will win over evil and people will realize what a charlatan they saddled themselves with. In Jungian psychology, everything has a shadow — a dark side. I think Trump is not just a symptom, but he’s a mirror showing America its dark side and how far down the path of darkness we have gone. Unfortunately, for his supporters, when presented with this mirror, they see light instead of darkness. They can no longer tell the difference between truth and lies, and their backwards religion has convinced them that somehow Trump is what God wants for the world, when anyone with any vision can see that we have brought Trump upon ourselves and his election would not have been possible without the 30-40 years of increasing acceptance of narcissism, greed, and sociopathy that preceded him. So he’s a symptom and a mirror, but not actually the problem himself. At the point we’re at right now, if it were not Trump, it would have been someone just as toxic as he is. Just look at the GOP today — there is no goodness left. Republicans who show any goodness or compassion are scapegoated and vilified by their own party.

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  4. Terrant says:

    I agree that the “war on Christmas” is bogus. If there was such a war, it was lost long before the gas bags at Fox News started it as a way to paint those evil, lazy libralz are oppressing good, hard working, Christian conservatives. It is fodder for the low information voters to keep them emotional and easily controlled.

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  5. Dave says:

    How could Trump be a Christian? I thought Christianity is based in love, not hate. Sadly, Trump is full of hate, and even more sadly it begins with Trump hating Trump.

    If I identify with a religion, it would be Buddhism, and cannot bring myself to hate….I don’t hate Trump. I feel very sorry for him. I keep good thoughts for him to discover reality. A reality where he discovers love of himself, and his love for others.

    I believe this is the basis for peace within, and from that world peace.

    Happy Holiday as we celebrate the sunrise, our treasured planet earth, and the Universe in its’ entirety.

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    • luckyotter says:

      I have tried to pray for him, because Christians are supposed to pray even for their enemies, but…I just can’t do it. Instead, I pray for his ignorant and brainwashed supporters that they see the truth and realize they’ve been swindled by a conman.

      Although I’m not a Buddhist, I have a lot of admiration for Buddhism and its teachings. That’s good you are keeping good thoughts for him to discover reality and maybe can one day get the help he needs for his illness. You are a bigger person than I am! I don’t think he’s redeemable, but who am I to judge? If he could become a decent human being after all, this nightmare could finally end.

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      • Dave says:

        Just as you say; Who am I to judge? Don’t pronounce negative judgment on yourself. For now, you’re participating in a very big way by, offering prayer for his followers. Thank you, as I will now keep good thoughts for his followers as well as Donald Trump.
        Love, and light to you, and each person who follows your blog.

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  6. dennis says:

    “He can *have* his accursed coniferous fertility symbols!”

    (Never bought one… too busy by 3x putting one (socially-fumbling) foot in front oth the other.)

    Otherwise, well said, and good points, too.

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