Yes, the war on Christmas is real

Christmas has arrived, like Santa’s sleigh filled to the rim with packages.

Americans made it to the finish line, dodging the perennial “war on Christmas” during which they are shamed into uttering alternate, politically-correct greetings (i.e., “Happy holidays!”) or hiding their Christmas cheer.

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Regardless of the numerous examples, that hasn’t stopped liberals this week from suggesting that the “War on Christmas” is a conjured-up tale, strewn like popcorn on a yarn that adorns a festive tree.

However, nothing could be further from the truth.

In the Soviet Union, numerous times between 1917 and 1991 leaders banned Christmas celebrations to comply with their socialist, atheist rule. In the 1920s, Soviet groups such as The League of Militant Atheists encouraged schoolchildren to campaign against Christmas at school. In her book, “Religious Policy in the Soviet Union,” author Sabrina Petra Ramet wrote that atheist leaders enlisted children to protest the Christmas tree and encouraged children to actually spit on the crucifix, or cross, the symbol of Christ’s birth.

The hatred for Christmas in the former USSR became even more extreme during the leftist, Stalinist era between 1929 and 1939.

In his book, “Christmas at the Movies: Images of Christmas in American, British and European Cinema,” Mark Connelly wrote, “...suffice it to say that there were, at least officially, no Christmas celebrations in the atheist socialist state after its foundation in 1917.” It was really only after a Republican — President Ronald Reagan — urged leaders to tear down the wall, did Christmas return to the former Soviet Union.

However, the war on Christmas didn’t just occur in the Soviet Union.

It happened in socialist, atheist France during the French Revolution in the late 1700s.

French atheist rulers prohibited Christmas religious services and the government replaced the country’s legendary annual holiday goodie — the three kings cake — by renaming it the “equality cake.” (Hmm, “equality cake“ has a familiar leftist ring, doesn’t it?)

In Nazi Germany, Christianity as a whole was attacked and named an enemy of the totalitarian state, as leaders there didn’t anyone bowing to a higher authority than the government. Under Nazi rule, Christmas celebrations were cancelled and worse, Christmas songs were corrupted with their lyrics replaced with racist lyrics to serve the propagandist’s Nazi agenda of hate.

Yes, the war on Christmas has been around for a century and some elements of it date as far back as the 1640s when the Puritans and Anglicans fought over what should be appropriate symbols of the season.

Liberals today are more likely object even to the messengers who pointed out the modern-day war on Christmas in — figures such as former FOX News host Bill O’Reilly and President Donald Trump.

Regardless when it began or who brought it to light once again the war on Christmas exists. Anyone who tells you differently is pushing the very propaganda that was perpetrated against the French, German and Soviet people in their darkest eras and that deserves a huge, “Bah humbug!”

Jen Kerns has served as a GOP strategist and writer for the U.S. presidential debates for FOX News. She previously served as communications director and spokeswoman for the California Republican Party, the Colorado Recalls over gun control, and the Prop. 8 battle over marriage which went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.