The War on Christmas?

The War on Christmas?

With Thanksgiving concluded, it is time again for the annual War on Christmas. After all, nothing typifies a religious holiday gone secular better than an argument about how the day has become the battlefield for the Last Great Culture War.

But for all the talk about the so-called War on Christmas — clerks who are instructed to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” schools that expunge religious references from celebrations and towns that prohibit manger scenes in public spaces — one fact is conveniently forgotten: The War on Christmas was started by Christians. Puritans to be exact.

It wasn’t much of a war at first. Puritans didn’t even celebrate Christmas as they arrived in the New World in the early 17th century, just as they had not celebrated the holiday back home. The Sabbath, they believed, was the…

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