Originally posted on December 17, 2017
Just like he did with the NFL by making it all about politics (you’re a traitor and a “very bad person” if you “take a knee” instead of standing for the anthem), Trump has made Christmas a political issue. Football and Christmas: two traditions that bring people joy and bring them together regardless of ideology, have now been tainted by Trump turning them into divisive political issues, and that’s a damn shame.
What sane person cares if people say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? I sure don’t. It’s trivial and dumb. Trump’s belief that there’s a “war on Christmas” is just so stupid and wrong, because there was never a war on Christmas. For as long as I can remember — and that’s a very long time — people have said “Happy Holidays,” a phrase that’s meant to be inclusive and respectful of people who may celebrate Hanukkah or other December holidays. It’s not a diss on Christmas or Christians, and it’s not anything new either. Heck, back in the ’60s, my parents used to send out cards that said “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” because they had a lot of Jewish friends and didn’t want to offend them. No one was offended. It just wasn’t an issue for anyone.
Trump loves to rail on about political correctness, but he’s a hypocrite because he’s the one getting all bent out of shape about whether people say “Merry Christmas” or not.
Even worse, now he’s ruined Christmas for a lot of folks by making it political, when it should be anything but. I’ve heard so many people say they’re afraid to say “Happy Holidays” now because they’re afraid they’ll be perceived by Trump supporters as being rebellious or subversive. Other people have said they’re afraid to say “Merry Christmas” because they might be mistaken for Trump supporters.
I’m not letting that apricot menace ruin my Christmas.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, everyone!
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