The British Battle Over Christmas Creep

The British Battle Over Christmas Creep

Nobody celebrates Christmas like the British. They may say “Happy Christmas” instead of “Merry Christmas” and they embrace Christmas pudding as a holiday food but pound for pound they are just as Christmas crazy as anyone. So the fights against Christmas in Britain are just as real as they are anywhere else — even when it comes to nonsensical things like Christmas Creep.

One of the more unique UK traditions is the lighting of streets in busy shopping districts. It’s a huge deal. Big budget money is set aside for these events and lighting ceremonies featuring celebrities is quite common. Light a street for Christmas in the UK and the undeniable message is for folks to get Christmas shopping. And, of course, the street lighting ceremonies “get earlier and earlier each year”.

The media in Great Britain has done exhaustive scientific research and they have concluded that if things continue on their current track they will be celebrating Santa in July by the year 2100. Seriously. See the chart below:

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This is Quartz’s Christmas Creep Calculator. Quartz is a UK publisher with huge concerns about Christmas lights on UK streets and the damaging affects they have on morality, global warming, organic fruit, and the occurrence of liver cancer in neighborhood cats.

Of course, they decry anything remotely associated with the American Christmas:

The UK has recently imported the “Black Friday” tradition from the US, despite the day after Thanksgiving having no particular significance in a country that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving.

Newsflash to Quartz: Christmas in July in the USA is already a thing. It has been for over a century.

Get over it.

Georgia Non-Profit Bans Christmas Trees as a Religious Symbol

Georgia Non-Profit Bans Christmas Trees as a Religious Symbol

A 22-year tradition in Georgia is no more — and all because the governing board of a non-profit believes a Christmas tree is a religious symbol.

The annual “Light Up Dunwoody” Christmas event has been canceled and now moved from Dunwoody, GA — located a short distance north east of Atlanta.

The event was sponsored by the Dunwoody Homeowner’s Association and is usually held at the preservation trust’s farm house. In addition to lighting the Christmas tree this year, the homeowners association wanted to light a six foot menorah.

“We were concerned about putting the menorah on the lawn,“ said Melanie Williams of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. “We really wanted to be inclusive of everyone. We didn’t want to display things that would reflect exclusivity.”

They made the request last year for the menorah but was denied then because of short notice. So they requested early this year and ended up losing not only the menorah but now the Christmas tree — and that’s because the board somehow feels the Christmas tree is a religious symbol.

Williams said the board didn’t want to exclude any member of the community so it decided to ban all non-secular symbols. In a statement released to local media the board asks that the homeowners association move the tree somewhere else. Absent from the statement was the admission that the Christmas tree was the dominating feature of the event.

The homeowners association president, Robert Wittenstein, said he’s disappointed in the Preservation Trust’s decision and has decided to move the event elsewhere.

“It’s hard for us to reconcile a desire not to have the Christmas tree because its potentially a religious symbol, but welcome Santa and the reindeer,” said Wittenstein.

In a rather funny twist to this story the Preservation Trust board didn’t want publicity over the disagreement and local media reports they made threats against the home owners association if bad publicity was the result. Looks like someone will have to make good on those threats.

It would be important to note that at no time in this debate has there been raised the issue of Church versus State. This is a case of pure religious exclusion and discrimination by the Preservation Trust. In their effort to be inclusive they have managed to say that religion is to be excluded simply because it is religion.

Perhaps someone should educate the Preservation Trust about what the Supreme Court says about the Christmas tree — that it is NOT a religious symbol.

That simple knowledge could resolve this whole situation.

HuffPo Complains About Christmas Creep in FoxNews

HuffPo Complains About Christmas Creep in FoxNews

We are as critical of Fox News as anyone. But this is one we just don’t get.

Huffington Post is complaining now that Fox News is reporting “the war on Christmas” too early — a weird kind of Christmas creep complaint.

Can Fox control when news breaks?

Really. The story coming out of Elkhart, Indiana has been in the news cycle since Labor Day. The school didn’t ask for the letter or lawsuit from the FFRF. And Fox didn’t rush to report on it either.

But it IS news — and darn if it isn’t a genuine concern to people who live in Indiana that have been celebrating the Christmas for the same way for decades only to have someone from out of state come in and accuse them of holding “an illegal Christmas celebration” (That still gets me. What are they going to do, give them a ticket?)

Like it or not, it’s happening, HuffPo. In October. We know you’re not supposed to complain about the phony war on Christmas until November. But the FFRF broke the rules here.

Whether HuffPo agrees with it or not — why get on Fox News for reporting it? After all, the story was covered as well on MSNBC. And the LA Times. And the Washington Post. So who is really guilty here?

What exactly is Fox guilty of? The War on Christmas knows no season — unless you’re an Atheist organization.

The FFRF only talks about Christmas until January 1, then they drop it until…Labor Day.

The FFRF forgets about Christmas between New Year’s and Labor Day.

Then it becomes pray and cross season, when they go after anyone praying in public or displaying a cross.

Christmas comes around for the free-for-all that it is between Labor Day and New Year’s.

HuffPo should KNOW this. They are one of the agenda drivers.

This really showcases how the media craps all over themselves to justify the agenda. The phony War on Christmas stuff isn’t supposed to happen during the phony Christmas creep season.

Man, this is getting surreal.

Sheesh.

Portland Schools Kill Christmas Performances After FFRF Threat

Portland Schools Kill Christmas Performances After FFRF Threat

The threatening letters from FFRF continue to swamp school districts around the country.

The Blaze is reporting today that several schools in Portland, Oregon will now back out from performing at a choral festival called Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights, a traditional event the schools have participated in for years. The Grotto is evidently sponsored by the Catholic Church.

As usual, the FFRF claims a student complained to them — continuing an amazing trend of anonymous complaints that nobody can identify.

While Portland schools caved quickly others are taking up the fight. In Elkhart, Indiana a school district claimed performance and attendance at these events were optional and thus not a violation of any law. They appear willing to go to court over the matter.

Expect a lot more schools to fall victim to FFRF complaints and threats of lawsuits.

Radio Station Now Says October Christmas Music was a Prank

Radio Station Now Says October Christmas Music was a Prank

FM 103.7 in Richmond, Virginia says they were only kidding. After receiving nationwide attention for getting very public flack over playing Christmas music in October the radio station un-flipped the format later in the afternoon and claimed it was all a joke and meant as a means of promoting a breast cancer awareness campaign it kicks off next week.

Via it’s Facebook page the station said, “You guys are the BEST!!! Thank you for letting us “PLAY” with you today! We hope you had a great time getting your fa la la and holly jolly jingles on. To everyone who knew we were having fun, you are smart (Christmas) cookies — and, well, there are a few of you that belong on Santa’s naughty list for those potty mouths!”

Well, ok. We bought into too.

But we can’t help but be a little suspicious. After all, April fools is months away. And the station never once made mention of the breast cancer thing — until now.

And, frankly, a lot of radio stations flip their music to Christmas in October (even though that would be news for this particular station).

So did they really pull a prank — or did they just cave to the naysayers?

We’ll never really know. What we do know is that a lot of people now are more aware of FM 103.7 in Richmond, Virginia. And it won’t be the last time a radio station used Christmas to advance itself.

Pumpkin Shortage Blamed on Climate Change

Pumpkin Shortage Blamed on Climate Change

Reaction was predictably pretty wild to the news that canned pumpkin may be in short supply by Thanksgiving. Most local media in Illinois reported that thanks to heavy June rains the pumpkin crop took a pretty big hit. But major media in the UK picked up the story and have turned it into political fodder by blaming the whole thing on global warming. (I guess a 10% increase in rain is considered climate change).

What does this have to do with Christmas and defending it?

Well, nothing. But can you foresee a time when real Christmas trees will be in “short supply” because of climate change? Or, worse, that they cannot be had at all because of the global warming agenda? What about mistletoe? Do you think it could be banned or considered politically incorrect simply because it is used in abundance at one time of the year? Is it possible that Christmas could be affected by political agendas that really have nothing to do with celebrating Christmas?

Oh wait. We already have that.

Saying “Merry Christmas” is insensitive to Muslims. Calling a Christmas tree a holiday tree is more inclusive.

Putting a nativity scene in a school Christmas production is somehow “establishing a religion”.

Changing the words to “Silent Night” in public school choirs somehow protects society from a great evil.

And erecting a Christmas display on a courthouse lawn somehow justifies building monuments to Satan.

So yeah — blaming a pumpkin shortage on climate change is a thing.

It is just one more way an agenda is encroaching on what people enjoy.

There. We said it.

FFRF and ACLU Join Forces to Sue Indiana School

FFRF and ACLU Join Forces to Sue Indiana School

The community uprising witnessed in Elkhart, Indiana last month has failed to stop a lawsuit filed in federal court by the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the ACLU. The two organizations have pooled resources to fight public will and the expressed sentiments of a local school board defending the performance.

Their argument is that the Nativity portion of the performance is unconstitutional and “illegal”. Even though the event is entirely voluntary the fact that it is sponsored by the high school is reason enough for courts to declare the event improper.

”The Nativity scene and the story of the birth of Jesus are, of course, well-recognized symbols of the Christian faith,” the plaintiffs wrote in the complaint, filed Wednesday. “Their presence at the Christmas Spectacular is coercive, represents an endorsement of religion by the high school and the school corporation, has no secular purpose and has the principal purpose and effect of advancing religion.”

The scene traditionally fills the final 15 minutes of a long program that features music of both a sacred and secular nature.

Last month the local school board responded to the FFRF threat of a lawsuit by saying, in part, “As always, if a student or parent finds objectionable any portion of the Spectacular, or any school assignment for that matter, that student is free to opt out of the performance or assignment. Many students have chosen to do so in the past. The Nativity Scene participation is purely voluntary and is rehearsed only after school hours. It provides historical context to the entire holiday season and is a small portion of a two hour long performance. The Spectacular also traditionally includes secular, holiday musical favorites, such as Jingle Bells, Let It Snow and Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. For more than 30 years, the Spectacular has been an important part of the Concord High School holiday experience. It will continue to be so.”

Interestingly, this lawsuit comes on the heels of another one lost by the FFRF in Franklin County, Indiana arguing about the illegality of nativity scenes on public property.

Virginia Radio Station Slammed for Christmas Music in October

Virginia Radio Station Slammed for Christmas Music in October

Richmond, Virginia radio station 103.7 FM flipped the switch to Christmas music in early October — and is getting slammed for it.

What exactly is behind the decision to start with Christmas music while temperatures remain in the 70s around Central Virginia? 103.7 Play host Melissa Chase said they just felt Richmond needed a pick me up.

“This year people needed the holiday spirit a little earlier than usual,” Chase said. “There was stress over the parking with the UCI bike race and almost getting hit by a hurricane. RVA needed this.”

But according to the station’s Facebook page not all listeners were feeling the Christmas love.

“Really? Might as well just play it all year round. I just removed this station from my choice buttons. Just like retailers, it is horrible to push this on us,” 103.7 Play Facebook fan Carrie added.

“Seriously? We loved listening to you at work. Well not anymore. This is why people are sick of Christmas before it begins!” Facebook fan Heather warned.

“Geez, I can’t believe people are getting so upset over this,” Sherry interjected. “It’s really no different than walking into a store and seeing all Christmas decorations being put up. It gave my son and I good laugh this morning when we heard Christmas music playing.”

For 103.7 Play host Melissa Chase, it’s all about the Christmas spirit.

That might or might not be true. Some radio stations play Christmas music for a period of time before going through major format changes. The tactic has been used several times in recent years as a method of resetting listener stats and starting over with a station. It isn’t clear if this is the intent of 103.7 or not.