It’s that time of year again. The time of year when the airwaves bombard us with commercialized carols and red and green ad displays. It’s also that time again for the “War on Christmas” emails to begin circulating.
I have not received any such email, but I hear the gist of one of them is this:
President Obama is going to call the National Christmas Tree the “National Holiday Tree,” and that the Obamas are going to have a “White House Holiday Tree” instead of a White House Christmas tree.
Let me say that is complete and utterly false.
First, per the National Parks Service, the nation will still have the traditional National Christmas Tree. So consider part 1 of the above email debunked.
Second, per the Washington Post, Michelle Obama has specified the type of “Official White House Christmas tree” she wants. Thus part 2 of the purported e-mail is also proven false.
Finally, my favorite fact-check site, Politifact, has also debunked this false claim, labeling it a “Pants on Fire” lie, complete with sources that refute the email’s claims (including a reference to a similar e-mail about President Bush doing the same thing, which is equally ridiculous).
For those of us in the Christian faith, we understand what the true meaning of Christmas is. The blessing of the birth of Jesus Christ will never be forgotten, no matter how many jingles, ads, or hyperbolic chain e-mails we receive.