Dreaming Of A Right Christmas

Before I disappear for vacation, I just wanted to wish you and yours a heartfelt “Merry CHRISTMAS.”

That’s right, I said CHRISTMAS. Please understand that I am not, repeat NOT, wishing you happiness during any other winter “holidays.”

The past few weeks, I have been bombarded by “happy holidays” greetings from sacrilegious store clerks, marketers and friends. Thankfully, Rush, Sean, Bill, Lou, Ann and Glenn have told us what this greeting REALLY means: “Liberals want to ban ‘Christmas.’”

Time magazine notes that Rush wasn’t the first to battle this heresy. Back in 1969, the wise people at the John Birch Society warned us that “One of the techniques now being applied by the reds…is taking Christ out of Christmas.” And in 1921, that great capitalist Henry Ford warned us about “the whole record of the Jewish opposition to Christmas.”

And this year, the very observant mayor of Arlington, Tennessee noted that President Obama delivered his Afghanistan speech on, of course, December 1. That’s right THAT December 1, the day that everyone knows “A Charlie Brown Christmas” airs, practically the only TV special of the season that mentions Christ’s birth.

“Try to convince me that wasn’t done on purpose,” says the aptly named Russell Wiseman.

It’s a good thing those Christmas defenders are vigilant, because the liberal elite works overtime to cover up its brainwashing. For instance, the liberal semanticists at the Merriam Webster dictionary claim that “holiday” merely means:

“A day marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event.”

If that were actually the meaning of “holiday”, “happy holidays” might be considered a sensible and efficient greeting to use during a season in which Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, New Years and Kwanza fall in rapid succession. BUT pinko dictionaries aside, followers of Rush and the gang remind us that “holiday” actually means:

“A term used to persecute Christians and trick Americans into acknowledging that there are days in the winter other than Christmas that are marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event.”

The anti-“Christmas” conspiracy runs very deep indeed. Think about it, people. We don’t buy gas at “Christmas” gas stations, we buy it at “HOLIDAY” stations! And we don’t stay at Christmas Inns, we stay at “HOLIDAY Inns!!”

And I ask you, was this year’s most hyped MLB free agent pitcher Roy Christmas? Nooooooo, the PC news media insists on him being called — what else? — Roy “Holiday.”

A coincidence? I think not.

Enough with all the heathen “holiday” talk, already!!! Merry CHRISTMAS to all, and to all a good fight.

– Loveland

18 thoughts on “Dreaming Of A Right Christmas

  1. Dennis Lang says:

    And a Merry Christmas to you Mr. L! (and whatever may be cause for celebration for all others). Very happy you re-upped for the fray!

    1. Joe Loveland says:

      Wait, it’s Christmas? Who knew, what with the Charlie Brown censorship and all the “holiday” talk.

      Merry Christmas to you too.

  2. Newt says:

    It’s starting:

    Forty-six percent (46%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21 That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President.

    Rep. Parker Griffith will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.

  3. Joe Loveland says:

    On a related note, I just got this email from the Jewish Community Relations Council:

    On December 20, 2009, the Star Tribune published a commentary from Garrison Keillor in which he stated: “Christmas is a Christian holiday — if you’re not in the club, then buzz off.”  He also wrote that, “Unitarians listen to the Inner Voice and so they have no creed that they all stand up and recite in unison, and that’s their perfect right, but it is wrong, wrong, wrong to rewrite ‘Silent Night.’ If you don’t believe Jesus was God, OK, go write your own damn ‘Silent Night’ and leave ours alone. This is spiritual piracy and cultural elitism and we Christians have stood for it long enough. And all those lousy holiday songs by Jewish guys that trash up the malls every year, Rudolph and the chestnuts and the rest of that dreck. Did one of our guys write ‘Grab your loafers, come along if you wanna, and we’ll blow that shofar for Rosh Hashanah’? No, we didn’t.”
    In response, Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), posted his own commentary on the Star Tribune’s website today.
    You can read the full commentary below, or click here to read it on the Star Tribune’s website.

     
    Respect the Right of All People to Observe Their Faith as They See Fit
     
    By Steve Hunegs
     
    I’m not sure what Garrison Keillor meant in his piece “Some things aren’t meant to be messed with” and I’m not sure I want to know.  After all, anybody can have a cranky day and spout all sorts of unfortunate remarks.
     
    Mr. Keillor’s Christmas commentary is not the Garrison Keillor who beautifully narrated “The Danish Solution: Rescue of Jews in Denmark” in 2004 which tells the story of the Christian rescue of Danish Jews from the Holocaust.
     
    Mr. Keillor’s Christmas commentary is not the Garrison Keillor who recently and graciously hosted on Prairie Home Companion the Jewish composer and poet, Ricky Ian Gordon, who is composing the music for the opera “The Garden of Finzi-Continis,” an original production of the Minnesota Opera, of the famed novel and movie about the approach of the Holocaust in Italy.
     
    Mr. Keillor’s Christmas commentary is not the Garrison Keillor whose “Writer’s Almanac” has often featured Jewish writers and/or themes often, movingly, on the Jewish high holy days.
     
    It is also not consistent with his usual deep knowledge of the relationship of music, culture, and Americana.  There has been smaltzy Christmas music written by Jews, but “The Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”), far from being “dreck,” is a quintessential American story.  Bob Wells and Mel Torme wrote this song in 1944 wishing Americans a Merry Christmas-not “Happy Holidays”-as Americans of all faiths were dying in the service of our country.  In 1946, the song skyrocketed in popularity when it was recorded by Nat King Cole.  “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, another song written by Jewish songwriters, was the most requested song at Christmas USO shows during WWII.  Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” debuted on NBC with Bing Crosby singing on December 25, 1941, just two weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack when Americans were resolute, but yearning for happier times.  Leonard Bernstein’s orchestration of Handel’s “Messiah” is yet another example of the deep respect American Jewish musicians have for the celebration of Christmas and its musical expression in the United States.
     
    Moreover, telling non-Christian Minnesotans to “buzz” out of Christmas is not reflective of Jewish-Christian relations in the Twin Cities or its salutary and inspirational arc of the past decades.  Where once we had the hateful preachers such as William Bell Riley, William Herrstrom, and Luke Rader, we now have leading religious figures such as Rev. Grant Abbott, Rev. Peg Chemberlin, Rev. Steve Thom, Pastor Mac Hammond, Father Michael O’Connell, Rev. Gary Reierson, and Rev. Brian Rusche who generate a different sort of “buzz” as stalwarts of interfaith relations.  Today the Jewish community and so many others partner with the St. Paul Area Council of Churches, the Minnesota Council of Churches, Living Word Christian Center, Ascension Parish, the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, and the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition to name a few.
     
    Diluting faith is not the goal of these endeavors but rather working together to enhance the public good while addressing with mutual respect the issues which inevitably arise between faith groups.  Nobody wants to take Jesus out of Christmas.  Hopefully, we will join together in loving our neighbor as ourselves, as the Torah originally taught and Jesus chose to reinforce by quoting it.  This includes respecting the liturgical tradition of Unitarians to pray and sing with respect to their conscience and respect the right of all people to observe their faith as they see fit.

    1. Dennis Lang says:

      Wow! Hot topic. Personally, I think it’s entirely possible to embrace the spirit of Christmas and its marvelous myth and ceremony without being Christian.

  4. Joe Loveland says:

    I suspect that Keillor, like me in this post, was intending to deliver a little tongue-in-cheek satire about the state of piety in some corners of the Christian world. I know and greatly respect the author of that JCRC response piece, but it may be an overreaction. I don’t think Keillor was seriously blasting Jews or holiday pop songs.

  5. PM says:

    Christmas has gone way beyond religion, and become a part of culture–hence its commercialisation. This became inevitable once the Puritans in England failed in their attempts to ban the celebration of christmas.

    O’reilly and co., in their attempts to “rescue” Christmas are simply trying to create a conflict that doesn’t exist…because it was lost hundreds (if not thousands) of years ago. But it sells airtime to advertisers. Just as the commercialisation of Christmas does. $$$$$ makes the world go round, and capitalism trumps religion every time. All of you chumps who “believe” send a check to O’Reilly or Hannity or your faith healer of choice ASAP.

    I’m going to sit back and enjoy every minute of it, myself.

  6. Mike Kennedy says:

    Merry Christmas to all. It will be a good Christmas (with the snowstorm) to hunker down and watch, as we started doing a few years back, the DVD movie “The Crossing,” about Washington’s assault on the Hessians on Christmas Day 1776.

    This is all the more remarkable of a story given that the year was one of unremitting disaster for Washington and his army. He was facing defeat, running out of supplies and ammunition. In addition, his rag tag army hadn’t been paid and many of their enlistments were up at the end of the year.

    I have been finding it much more interesting and heart warming to watch this with my family instead of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” And it’s true to boot.

    Also, David Hackett Fischer’s book “Washington’s Crossing,” is a masterpiece and better than any military fiction I’ve ever read.

  7. Eileen says:

    And if your DirecTV goes out because of the fierce snowstorm, you can listen to Twins games on AM1500. Replays of 2009 highlights. As Patrick would say, woo! Whoooo whoooo.

  8. Mike Kennedy says:

    PM:

    Have you read Fischer’s book on Paul Revere? I love that one, as well. Washington’s Crossing won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for History.

  9. PM says:

    I was thinking that you would be a fan of “The Great Wave” (which has been sitting on my desk for far too long.)

    Albion’s Seed is his only work that I have read as yet.

  10. Mike Kennedy says:

    One more thing on books. I just re-read John Steele Gordon’s book Empire of Wealth — great history and economics mixed together. Also, the Prize: The Epic Struggle for Oil, Money and Power. Best book on the history of oil ever written. Finally, books in 09 I loved, The Road to Prosperity.
    Fool’s Gold.
    Mad About Trade.
    A Colossal Failure of Common Sense.
    The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.

    For art lovers, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History is about how the Nazis, in addition to being some of the most prolific mass murderers in history, were some of the most adept art thieves in history and this is the story of how the Allies rescued all the art the bastards stole.

    Anyone else on the best books they read the past year?

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