Alternate headline: Conservatives launch war on Christmas. https://t.co/WcukOmB6kn
— Donald G. Carder (@theangrymick) December 6, 2019
The first resort of the modern American “patriot”…
Grant only made Christmas a federal holiday as an overture to Southern Baptists. And this is how they pay it back. https://t.co/2rCF1G421u
— Malarksist Revolutionary (@agraybee) December 8, 2019
Per the Washington Post, “‘I feel so bad for the children’: N.C. towns cancel Christmas parades after demands to remove Confederate groups”:
… In a Wednesday night video message, Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones announced that the town’s downtown board of directors voted to cancel the Dec. 14 Christmas parade out of concern that “outside agitators” would show up to protest or defend the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy, who planned to march in the event.
The decision in Wake Forest, located less than 20 miles outside Raleigh, comes almost a week after another nearby town, Garner, N.C., announced it was canceling its Christmas parade over possible protests of a float sponsored by a local Confederate group, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.
By the end of her video announcement, Jones was fighting tears…
Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard said in a statement that one group had notified the town of its plans to protest, but that the police department was worried that more agitators would “show up, wreak havoc then leave.” The town had received “credible information” about a “growing number of outside groups” planning to attend to either defend or oppose the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy, according to a statement. The town had not received any threats, officials clarified, but Leonard and Jones said they still believed safety could be put at risk.
“We aren’t happy telling kids they can’t attend or participate in this year’s parade, but it’s better than trying to explain to a parent whose child was injured why we chose to proceed despite so many warning signs,” Leonard said. “No matter what side of this issue you are on, our focus is public safety and at this point, the risk of moving forward with the parade simply outweighs any possible reward.”…
Blaming the ‘outside agitators’ — another proud Suthrun tradition, of course.
Fun-fact: the actual All-American Christmas tradition of the Puritans was to spend the day working and then return home to houses with no Christmas tree.
Christmas trees are a European tradition we didn’t import until the mid-1800s. https://t.co/aydUt4EBSK
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) December 5, 2019
Our proud Puritan forebears actually banned the celebration of Christmas — it was considered ‘pagan’, i.e., Papist (Catholic). Christmas trees became an aspirational holiday accessory when hordes of desperate German refugees started producing tchotchkes cheaply enough for the American middle class to imitate Queen Victoria’s annual tribute to her German husband. (Which, of course, didn’t stop those good, patriotic Heartland Americans from vilifying the Germans as filthy disease-carrying criminals who couldn’t be bothered to learn English or teach their hordes of subnormal offspring decent behavior.)
Americans during the period around the Civil War were desperate for “unifying” Kinder, Küche, Kirche “traditions” to plaster over the ugly realities of widespread social dissent. (Lots of us remember the sentimental Little Women Christmas scenes, but when you actually read Alcott’s bestselling children’s books, the backgrounds — even in New England — are of war widows desperate to feed their children, wandering ‘tramp’ veterans with PTSD, and 14-year-old orphans turned out to support themselves or starve.) Just in case you thought Fox News was the first to weaponize The War on Xmas.
"It is really a sad day for America. It is, I think, going to hurt people's Christmas experience because this is going to be playing in the background. Instead of Bing Crosby's Christmas album, we're going to have impeachment," Whitaker said.
— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) December 5, 2019
I mean, that’s my only Christmas wish.
— Kerri "I'm tired" Ann (@misskerriann) December 6, 2019