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A Trump Christmas

[cap­tion id=“attachment_93800” align=“alignright” width=“261”] From Trump’s Twit­ter feed[/caption]

By John Ruberry

For as long as I can remem­ber the words “Merry Christ­mas” have been pushed away from pub­lic life, in the both the polit­i­cal and busi­ness world. I get it. No one wants to offend peo­ple who aren’t Chris­t­ian, or those few Chris­tians, such as the Jehovah’s Wit­nesses, who shun Christmas.

How­ever, 83 per­cent of Amer­i­cans are Chris­t­ian, and for many of them Christ­mas is their favorite time of the year. And I know some sec­u­lar pro­gres­sives who set up Christ­mas trees in their home.

When President-​elect Don­ald Trump on the later stops of his ‘thank you’ tour replaced his ‘USA’ lectern logo with a ‘Merry Christ­mas’ one, it got my attention.

And Trump’s Christ­mas spirit didn’t end there

We’re gonna start say­ing ‘Merry Christ­mas’ again,” Trump said at a Michi­gan ‘thank you’ rally. “How about all those depart­ment stores, they have the bells and they have the red walls and they have the snow, but they don’t have ‘Merry Christ­mas. I think they’re gonna start putting up ‘Merry Christmas.’”

About ten years ago the ‘War on Christ­mas’ com­pelled Chris­tians who wished to say ‘Merry Christ­mas’ at their work­place to bite their tongues, includ­ing those work­ing extended Christ­mas shifts at retail stores to accom­mo­date Christ­mas shop­pers. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, one of the defend­ers in the ‘War on Christ­mas,’ declares the con­flict all but over, as increas­ingly more retail out­lets use the word ‘Christ­mas” in their hol­i­day adver­tise­ments. On Christ­mas Eve I was greeted with a hearty “Merry Christ­mas” when I walked into the local Wal­mart – and when I left.

Mean­while, the out­go­ing president’s final Christ­mas card, oops, I mean hol­i­day card, oh wait, make that a sea­sonal card, fea­tures the first fam­ily and a sprig of holly. Noth­ing else.

I’ll be shocked if Don­ald Trump’s first pres­i­den­tial Christ­mas card isn’t much dif­fer­ent, even though his old­est daugh­ter is a con­vert to Judaism.

Howard Kurtz ended today’s always excel­lent Fox News’ Media Watch pro­gram with “Merry Christ­mas and Happy Hanukkah.” Yes, like a rare plan­e­tary align­ment, Christ­mas Eve and the first day of Hanukkah share the came spot on the calendar.

And from me to you, have a Merry Christ­mas and a Happy Hanukkah.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

From Trump’s Twitter feed

By John Ruberry

For as long as I can remember the words “Merry Christmas” have been pushed away from public life, in the both the political and business world. I get it. No one wants to offend people who aren’t Christian, or those few Christians, such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who shun Christmas.

However, 83 percent of Americans are Christian, and for many of them Christmas is their favorite time of the year. And I know some secular progressives who set up Christmas trees in their home.

When  President-elect Donald Trump on the later stops of his ‘thank you’ tour replaced his ‘USA’ lectern logo with a ‘Merry Christmas’ one, it got my attention.

And Trump’s Christmas spirit didn’t end there

“We’re gonna start saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” Trump said at a Michigan ‘thank you’ rally. “How about all those department stores, they have the bells and they have the red walls and they have the snow, but they don’t have ‘Merry Christmas. I think they’re gonna start putting up ‘Merry Christmas.'”

About ten years ago the ‘War on Christmas’ compelled Christians who wished to say ‘Merry Christmas’ at their workplace to bite their tongues, including those working extended Christmas shifts at retail stores to accommodate Christmas shoppers. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, one of the defenders in the ‘War on Christmas,’ declares the conflict all but over, as increasingly more retail outlets use the word ‘Christmas” in their holiday advertisements. On Christmas Eve I was greeted with a hearty “Merry Christmas” when I walked into the local Walmart–and when I left.

Meanwhile, the outgoing president’s final Christmas card, oops, I mean holiday card, oh wait, make that a seasonal card, features the first family and a sprig of holly. Nothing else.

I’ll be shocked if Donald Trump’s first presidential Christmas card isn’t much different, even though his oldest daughter is a convert to Judaism.

Howard Kurtz ended today’s always excellent Fox News’ Media Watch program with “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.” Yes, like a rare planetary alignment, Christmas Eve and the first day of Hanukkah share the came spot on the calendar.

And from me to you, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.