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Surprise! The War on Christmas Goes Back 67 years to Bing Crosby

Over the past five years, it’s become fashionable among fundamentalist Christians to complain in December that the “War on Christmas” has “stolen” their holiday. Why, people are saying “Happy Holidays” to one another! Isn’t that awful?

Kentucky Post:

I think it’s wonderful! This year we need Christ in Christmas more than ever, no matter how hard the “happy holidays” industry wants to steal our Christmas! Two fervently prayerful thumbs up! Julie Kay Smithson near London, Ohio.

The Bill O’Reilly Show:

Philip Nulman: “Season’s Greetings” and “Happy Holidays,” Bill, does not offend Christians.

Bill O’Reilly: Yes, it does. It absolutely does. And I know that for a fact.

American Family Association:

The new push to ban “Christmas” and replace it with “Happy Holidays,” “Season’s Greetings,” etc. is gaining ground…

Oh, yes, that “new push” to use the phrase “Happy Holidays.” Well, how new is it? Is 67 years ago “new”? Since I was a kid, I’ve heard the tune “Happy Holidays” played on the radio. It was featured in the 1942 Bing Crosby film Holiday Inn:

Happy holiday, happy holiday
May the calendar keep bringing
Happy holidays to you

Oh, that evil, evil Bing. Even from the grave, his War on Christmas continues! Hide the children!

17 thoughts on “Surprise! The War on Christmas Goes Back 67 years to Bing Crosby”

  1. JD says:

    Could it be that Bing didn’t have an anti-Christ attitude but that your attempts do?

    1. Jim says:

      You’re sloppy.. I’m not the reason Bill O’Reilly and the AFA are declaring “War on Christmas!” They say it’s because people are offending them by smiling and saying “Happy Holidays!” What grinches.

      By the way, I love the equation in your mind, that non-Christian equals “Anti-Christ.” Try opening up the possibilities in that cranium of yours.

      1. JD says:

        I didn’t mean to offend you Jim and while it appears that you tried to offend me, I’m not offended. But the reason I’m not offended by Bing but I am offended by attempts to erraticate Christ from this season is what appears to be a frontal attack on anything that has Christ mentioned, even the Whitehouse Christmas tree.
        Speaking of sloppy, you misquoted me. I purposefully wrote “anti-Christ”, not “Anti-Christ”. Big difference and from what I’ve seen, you are anit-Christ as well as anti-Christian and anti-religion.

        1. Jim says:

          You’re very interested in the notion of people taking offense and it’s a concept you and the War on Christmas people introduce, not me. How interesting that in your book, someone who’s against people pushing their religion all over other people is against that religion. I’ve got no problem with you worshipping whatever you want to in your church — just don’t try to mandate it for other people. That’s really what this “War on Christmas” is about — it’s a war on anything that isn’t Christmas.

          1. JD says:

            I don’t mandate that you worship anything. But tolerance goes two ways. You may as well stop trying to confine my worship to a building. It’s an undeniable part of who I am 7/24/365.

          2. Jim says:

            Christian churches across the country certainly are attempting to do just that. You want me to stop making commentaries about Christianity? Get those Christian churches to stop pushing theocracy.

          3. JD says:

            I don’t want you to stop commenting about Christianity and none of the churches I’ve attended push theocracy (nor would I support such efforts). But we probably disagree quite a bit on the details of what qualifies for theocracy.
            I saw great quote today, “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. “ –Albert Einstein. It may not be very relevant to the discussion but I like it and may not find a better opportunity to use it today and tomorrow isn’t certain.

  2. Grady says:

    Is it easier to say merry christmas, happy Kwanza, happy hannukah, have a great solstice, and any others that may be missing. This “war on christmas” is so embarrassing, if you honestly get offended by someone spiritedly telling you Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas you really need to take a close look at yourself. How could you take something so harmless and most likely meant in a kind sense and decide it is offensive. Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night.

  3. le pelerin says:

    Doesn’t Happy Holiday come from Holy Day? I’m not offended when people say Happy Holiday but I think it’s a matter of time when over sensitive people will feel shamed even saying Happy Holiday!

  4. Jacob says:

    I dont think its the Happy Holidays thats the problem. Its the fact that people are told they shouldnt say Merry Christmas that is the problem

    1. le pelerin says:

      I’m just saying people don’t have a problem saying Happy Holidays because they don’t know it’s a religiously derived word. Once they figure that out they’ll want to dump it too for let’s say, Happy Solstice.

  5. Jim says:

    If you think people ought to wish one another a Merry Christmas, what’s wrong with people wishing one another a Happy Solstice?

    1. le pelerin says:

      If it’s your holiday, I’ll wish you Happy Solstice!

      1. Jim says:

        That’ kind, pelerin, and I hope you enjoy the celebration of whatever holidays you have. Solstice isn’t a holiday to me, but the thought was nice.

    2. Jacob says:

      Like I said, if you want to wish Happy Solstice go for it. But, just because you dont believe in Christmas doesnt mean I cant say Merry Christmas. the problem isnt that people dont say Merry Christmas for the most part. The problem is you have people requiring that you not say Merry Christmas. In many places I believe this would be a problem for you as well if it was a different group.

      Of course, “Merry Christmas” doesnt mean a whole lot any more because it has become for the most part a seculair and meaningless holiday for most people. I think Christians should abandon the holiday myself and reistablish a different day to celebrate the birth of Christ away from all of the materialistc distractions. If you look at histroy the birth of Christ would not have been at this time of year anyways. This was an arbitrary date picked so that we could all celebrate on the same day. Jesus was probably born sometime in September.

  6. Jim says:

    The only time and place in which it’s inappropriate for a person to tell another person what kind of religious holiday to celebrate is when that person speaks in an official government capacity, as I’ve consistently said, Jacob. I mean, you don’t want the government telling you how to conduct your religious affairs, do you, Jacob? Do you?

    1. Jacob says:

      I think if Obama said Happy Solstice my life would go on as normal… I also think that the war on Christmas has anything to do with government. It has more to do with retailers (suprisingly the same ones that make a fortune off of Christmas). About 10 years ago while I was in college and working at a local retailer we were all told that we could be fired for wishing someone a Merry Christmas. Thats were my problems are. i could care less if my senetor tells me to have a happy Buttsniffer day. It doesnt effect my world

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