The sense that there is a war on Christmas is nothing new in the United States. The Puritans outlawed it for a time; Henry Ford was convinced a Jewish plot was overturning the Christian celebration; the John Birch Society thought the U.N. was the villain; current groups keep track of department stores that celebrate - or don't. The President himself has made the return of Christmas to the White House a significant issue in his campaign and his presidency.
Is there really a war? Should people be worried about Christmas being banned or otherwise taking a pummeling across culture? And what's a Christian to do in the midst of all this controversy? In this episode, I offer some (hopefully) helpful thoughts about the origins of Christmas, the history of the church's observance (or lack of it), the current state of the cultural clash, and some recommendations for Christians about how to honor what Christians believe to be the reason for season.
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- How December 25 Became Christmas
- The Birthday of the Sun/Son: How Saturnalia Became Christmas, Saint Nicholas Became Santa, And A Holiday Became A War
- The First Recorded Celebration Of Christmas
- Are Federal Officials Allowed To Say Merry Christmas?
- War On Christmas (Fox News Insider)
- How the ‘War on Christmas’ Controversy Was Created
- How To Win The War On Christmas: Just Surrender
- Starbucks, Christmas, and Christians
- The Real War On Christmas
- Watch President Obama and Michelle Obama's Last Christmas Address From the White House
- MSNBC trolls Trump with video montage of Obama saying ‘Merry Christmas’
- Reformed Quotes Against The Celebration Of Christmas
- Crèche Test Dummies
- Religious Displays And The Courts (The Pew Forum On Religion And Public Life)