Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Put "Christmas" back in the White House Christmas Card

We received our first Christmas card of 2005 today and it happened to be the official White House card mailed out from Crawford, Texas and paid for by the RNC. The ironic thing is that with all the current controversy over the term "holiday" versus "Christmas" (Speaker Hastert the other day just ordered that the name "Capitol Christmas Tree" be used instead of the term "Holiday Tree" that someone slipped in back in the '90s), nowhere on the White House card does it say "Christmas." Here is the full text:

(Gold Embossed Presidential Seal) The Lord Is My Strength And My Shield; In Him My Heart Trusts; So I Am Helped, And My Heart Exults, And With My Song I Give Thanks To Him. Psalm 28.7 (RSV) With best wishes for a holiday season of hope and happiness. 2005 George W. Bush Laura Bush
It is a beautiful card and I can see why the RNC would try to make it somewhat generic in the holiday department given they don't want to offend current donors, but come on now. It wouldn't have hurt to say "Merry Christmas" someplace. After all, Christmas IS a federal holiday.


At 11/30/2005 10:38:00 PM, Anonymous The Jaded JD said...

Perhaps the RNC didn't know you don't celebrate Hannukah. Or, perhaps they didn't want to spend the money on two cards. Or, perhaps they didn't want to ask everyone on their mailing list which December holiday they celebrate.

The difference between holiday cards and Christmas trees is that there is not, to my knowledge, a Hannukah tree. Cards are rather more generic, and I don't see the problem.

At 11/30/2005 11:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Claiming their not Jesusing it up enough is a little limphanded considering it has a quote from the Bible front and center, no?

At 12/01/2005 03:13:00 AM, Blogger Willis said...

Faux News sells O'Reilly factor ornaments for "your holiday tree".

At 12/01/2005 09:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush's press secretaries have been Jewish. The RNC chairman is Jewish. A large number of the biggest donors to the Republican Party are Jewish.

Maybe "Happy Holidays" was chosen to make those people feel included. Happy Holidays INCLUDES Christmas for those who celebrate it. It's not like the cards said "Happy Holidays EXCEPT Christmas." Why on Earth would you want them NOT to be all inclusive? A big tent party should be just that. If the card only said "Happy Hannukah" or "Happy Ramadan" or "Happy Winter Solstace" or "Happy Isaac Newton's Birthday" I'd see your concern---but despite Denny Hastert and Bill O'Reilly's attempts to make this an issue, why can't you just know that when people say "Happy Holidays" that they are including whatever holidays you hold dear---and making others feel included too?

At 12/01/2005 09:48:00 AM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

This is a year where Hanukah coincides with the Christmas/New Year week. Often it falls early in December. So there's more reason than usual to find a card that covers both.

At 12/01/2005 12:56:00 PM, Blogger Johnny said...

Let's not forget the Pagan Winter Solstice (December 21st). Happy Festivus!!!

At 12/01/2005 01:28:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

Jaded JD-
I find it offensive when people do not say merry Christmas.

Maybe its just me and Bill O'Reilly, but it seriously disturbs me, things like the Lowes "Holiday Tree".

Its Christmas.

At 12/01/2005 02:13:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

It only disturbs you because they tell you to be disturbed, TC.

Seriously, why the fuss over a word, or a name for a tree?? Who cares??

And just to reiterate, until multiple left wing blogs called them on it this week, the Faux News website and were selling "holiday ornaments for your holiday tree".

Even your hero fell into the trap.

At 12/01/2005 04:14:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

If you ever watched his show, you would understand why it is called such on his website.

It upsets me not because I fell into a trap, but because of the gradual moral decay in this country brought on by political correctness, and the smearing of god.

I hope the downward slope will someday end.

At 12/01/2005 06:45:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

It smears god to say "happy holidays"??

I guess he must have gotten touchy recently.

At 12/01/2005 06:54:00 PM, Blogger Johnny said...

Depends on which "god" feels like he/she is getting smeared. Personally, I worship the Spaghetti Monster and he loves all holidays and frivolity.

Check out Laura Bush's page:

She has a Christmas Tree, but Holiday Decorations and Holiday Themes.

And here, she says "Happy Holidays" not once, but twice:

The end is near.

At 12/01/2005 07:41:00 PM, Blogger Devin Drumheller said...

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At 12/01/2005 08:08:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

-you know that wasn't my message.

I applaud President Bush's card.

I was talking about organizations such as the ACLU, who live to tear down anything dealing with religion.

At 12/01/2005 09:09:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...


Who is starting the whole "holiday tree" controversy??

It certainly isn't the ACLU.

At 12/01/2005 09:30:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

It is the political correctness which has been caused by organizations such as the ACLU.

Public organizations feel they have to say Holiday, or else get attacked by outside forces.

While private organizations fear a few complaints from radical progressives.

The point of buying the gifts, trees, and ornaments is for CHRISTMAS, who why the big fuss of calling it what it is?

At 12/01/2005 10:08:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

The ACLU is the root cause of all political correctness?? Boy, you certainly give them alot of credit.

Have you ever considered that these organizations, like Lowe's, are simply calling the tree and the gifts what they wish to call them??

As for your final point, "The point of buying the gifts, trees, and ornaments is for CHRISTMAS, who why the big fuss of calling it what it is?", I have this to say:

We aren't the ones making the fuss. That would be you guys, the religious right. I should ask you though, why the big fuss about saying happy holidays?? Why are you so up in arms about it?? It seems more than a little bit petty and childish.

At 12/01/2005 10:34:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

Thats not true at all. Organizations such as the ACLU are bringing this issue to light by suing the hell out of everyone, I could site 5 examples if its neccessary.

I am NOT religious right, just a Christian who feels the traditional morals of this country are being erroded.
Ask Jim Young,he'll tell you who I really am.

random note, but something which angers

go there.

At 12/01/2005 11:37:00 PM, Anonymous The Jaded JD said...

"Jaded JD-
I find it offensive when people do not say merry Christmas."

Even if they're Jewish? Or if they think you are? Or if they don't believe in Christmas? (How can they wish you a merry one if they don't subscribe to the idea?)

At 12/02/2005 12:17:00 AM, Blogger too conservative said...

At least 83% of Americans are christian...

to not say christmas is stupidly politically correct

At 12/02/2005 08:02:00 AM, Blogger AWCheney said...

I, personally, see nothing wrong in wishing someone "Happy Holidays." I've actually been known to offer a "Happy Hanukah" to a Jewish friend or someone I knew to be Jewish. I do, however, have a problem with the term "Xmas." I find that term rather crosses the line, taking the Christian "Christ" out of Christmas. I believe that's as disrespectful to Christians as not respecting the beliefs of others. Just my opinion.

At 12/02/2005 09:32:00 AM, Blogger Willis said...

The ACLU has nothing to do with this issue. Each store has the power to call their products whatever they want, and to use whatever gretting they want.

Fox News is behind this issue. They are the activists. They are the ones using force to try and change things.

So remember that.

Also, I think it is quite pertinent that Fox News cares more about what a tree is named in a store like Lowe's, than it cares about thousands of detainees being held in jails without any trial on the horizon.

At 12/03/2005 12:16:00 PM, Blogger Elle said...

TC, believe it or not, I straddle the fence on this one. I have no problem with "Happy Holidays" especially from the White House--this not a nation solely of Christians and our government shouldn't act as if it is. And, on another point, why is moral decay synonymous with attempts to respect this country's diversity by acknowledging other religions and ways of life? Are we Christians the only "moral" ones?

Here's where I'm backing you-- I resent the fact that the stores avoid the use of Christmas in certain displays. Yes, I realize that more than Christians shop there, but, too quote my own blog, we know why Lowe's sells those trees and why Wal-Mart sets up a toyland and it ain't for Kwanzaa. If you're going to participate in the exploitation of our oh so commercialized Christmas, at least give props!

At 12/03/2005 12:17:00 PM, Blogger Elle said...

Sorry, the PC diva in me must apologize if anyone was offended by my reference to Kwanzaa. I felt most comfortable using that reference.

At 12/03/2005 10:21:00 PM, Blogger Devin Drumheller said...

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