Stop Whining That We Need to Say ‘Merry Christmas’ When You Have No Idea What It Means

Every year around this time, Fox News and the Republican Party really start to push their fictional “War on Christmas.” It’s simply another way these clowns try to manipulate gullible rubes into believing that “Democrats are attacking your values.”

Spoiler Alert: There is no war on Christmas — there never has been.

While Christians view Christmas as the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the truth is, for the vast majority of people, Christmas stopped being about the birth of Christ long ago. Sure, a lot of people still go to church and decorate their houses with religious symbols of the Christmas season, but let’s face it, Christmas became commercialized a very long time ago.

If you doubt me, just go to many local stores where you’ll start seeing Christmas decorations and gifts being put on display during the summer. I used to work at a Sam’s Club where we’d start getting Christmas stuff set up around the end of August or early September.

Of course, Christmas is undoubtedly about more than just gifts.

Full disclosure, I absolutely love the holidays. From Halloween through to New Years Eve, I love it. The decorations, the weather, people are usually in better moods, I’ll easily watch the movie Christmas Vacation at least 10 times before December 25th is over. Without a doubt this is my favorite time of the year.

I know it’s cliché to say, but for me Christmas is about giving. It’s about helping and doing for others. It’s about being with your friends and family. It’s about being a good person. It’s why we have Toys for Tots, the Angel Trees, Salvation Army folks nearly everywhere, and big pushes by businesses and organizations all over to raise money or bring in donations to help provide meals or gifts to needy families.

As a Christian, while I’ve never been overly religious during the holidays, I’ve always found my belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ to be tied in with the true meaning of Christmas. Obviously, these values aren’t tied just to Christianity — they’re universal. You don’t have to be religious at all to live your life according to those values.

Being a good, decent human being who cares about others isn’t beholden to just one faith — or any faith, for that matter.

Which is why Christmas is celebrated by people of all faiths, religions, spiritual beliefs, or no beliefs whatsoever. The spirit and meaning of Christmas is about humanity. It transcends religion, politics, propaganda, fake outrage, and everything else those with an agenda try to wrap it in to divide people.

This season isn’t about Ten Commandments statues, manger scenes, a store’s employees saying “Merry Christmas,” or any of that other b.s. Fox News and the GOP use to perpetuate their mythical “war on Christmas.” Those are nothing more than empty symbols utilized to get people worked up into thinking that “ungodly heathens are out to get them.” These are the same morons who break out the pitchforks and torches every year over the design of Starbucks coffee cups or someone saying “Happy Holidays.”

If your view of what Christmas is supposed to be about is dependent upon material objects or symbolism — then you’re only proving that you don’t understand a damn thing about the true meaning of this time of the year.

The “war on Christmas,” like so many other things these people seem to believe, isn’t real. It’s a delusion they’ve conjured up in their minds because, for whatever reason, if they don’t have an “enemy” to hate, they don’t know what to do with themselves.

Then, of all people, for Donald Trump to claim that he cares about Christmas is an absolute joke.

He’s a greedy, self-serving, pathological-lying narcissist who’s admitted to sexually assaulting women, belittles people who are weaker than he is, bullies and attacks anyone who disagrees with him, and doesn’t epitomize a single value represented by Christmas.

There’s nothing Christian about Trump — nothing.

How is it “in the Christmas spirit” for him to come out with a new Christmas-themed “Make America Great Again” hat — priced $20 more than the original? Trump’s not trying to sell these hats at a higher price to make money to donate to charity or help the needy — he’s trying to make money for himself.

Nothing like a billionaire exploiting Christmas to sell cheap hats for $45 to benefit himself.

How “Christ-like” of him.

By the way, I thought I’d remind these people that the Bible specifically warns against greed and trickle-down economics:

  • Once the greed-driven have acquired and protected, they begin to covet. They are not satisfied with all they have; their eye is on all that they don’t have. (Luke 12:15)
  • This coveting begets more greed, the greed begets more selfishness, and the selfishness begets more coveting and so on to madness. “The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.” (Ecclesiastes 5:12)

Both quotes tell the true story of greed; it’s perpetual and never-ending. The more you feed greed, the more it wants. It doesn’t matter how rich we make the wealthiest among us, or how much we cut their taxes, they’re always going to want more.

A Christ-like economic platform would focus on providing for the poor and middle class, not the richest among us. A true Christian-based economic platform would build an economy where everyone had more than enough instead of just a few having most of everything.

Sadly, actually following the Bible and Christ’s teachings doesn’t seem to be much of a priority for most of these hypocrites.

Let’s also not forget that the 2017 Christmas season will be remembered as the time when Republicans openly admitted that they’re fine supporting an alleged child molester for the Senate since he’ll vote for more trickle-down economics if he’s elected.

Jesus would be so proud, wouldn’t he?

These people aren’t Christians, and the “war on Christmas” is nothing more than a facade they’ve put up to antagonize their voters while keeping them angry and paranoid.

I’m sorry, but you can’t be a Christian and support the likes of Donald Trump, Roy Moore, or the party that backs either. And if you don’t understand the true meaning of Christianity, or the values symbolized by Christ even if you’re not a Christian, then there’s no way you can understand the true meaning of Christmas.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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