It’s that time of year again. No, not Christmas. The War on Christmas. And the war on the claim that the War on Christmas even exists.
President Trump invoked the alleged war yet again this week after signing an executive order giving federal employees the day off for Christmas Eve. “This is a HUGE victory in the Democrats’ pathetic WAR ON CHRISTMAS, and I want YOU to be a part of it,” Trump announced in a fundraising letter.
Well, Mr. President, there was a real war on Christmas. It was in the 1600s, and it was waged by Christians — specifically Puritans — who hated the Dec. 25 observance of Jesus’ birth so much that they made it illegal in the Massachusetts colony for decades.
Ms. Brockell goes on to say that in the 17th century, working men in England and America tended to treat Christmas as an excuse for a "drunken riot" and like Newsweek, recently, she is treating that Puritan War on drunkeness, et cetera, as equivalent to the modern War On Christmas.
The modern War On Christmas is not about banning Yuletide partying in the name of Jesus, it's about banning the name of Jesus in the name of secular humanism and religious "diversity".
In 1955, the pre-purge National Review contacted the New York School Board about their ban on Christian symbols:
By unspoken agreement, an officer of the Board did tell us, such aggressive symbols of religious imperialism as the manger, lighted candles and the visitation of the Magi are banned. But Santa Claus is allowed, she said soothingly; also reindeer and stars.And, presumably, candy sticks and jingle bells.
[Krismas, PDF, November 26, 1955]
By 1995, John O'Sullivan reported, candy canes were banned, too.
Finally, in the Scarsdale public schools, there was an entire "holiday blackout," affecting both Christmas and Hannukah (but not the New Class holiday of Kwanzaa). The ban included not just Santa Claus and Christmas trees, but also "Jingle Bells," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and even . . . candy canes. (They represent the staff of Christ, apparently.)
It's nonsense to think that candy canes are a Christian symbol, but it's widely believed by Christophobes: see War On Christmas: Candy Canes Banned Because They're Shaped Like A "J" As In "Jesus"