Donald Trump hasn’t yet been inaugurated, but no one can deny that his election has already changed the country’s mood. Employment, housing starts and the Dow Jones are up. There is a spirit of hope in the air.
Trump promised to make America great again, and the word “again” is important: His supporters would like the nation to rediscover some of the traditions that made the country the most powerful yet compassionate in history.
In the spirit of the season, the President-elect has a present that will delight some but infuriate others:
“The word Christmas,” Trump said on the campaign trail a couple months ago at the Values Voter Summit. “I love Christmas. I love Christmas. You go to stores, you don’t see the word Christmas. It says happy holidays all over. I say, ‘Where’s Christmas?’ I tell my wife, ‘Don’t go to those stores.’”
“Other people can have their holidays but Christmas is Christmas,” he carried on. “I want to see Merry Christmas. Remember the expression Merry Christmas? You don’t see it anymore! You’re going to see it if I get elected, I can tell you right now.”
This has been a long running theme of Trump’s, who has said that the adoption of the “Happy Holidays” greeting is part of “an assault on anything having to [do] with Christianity.”
The “War on Christmas” has become an annual event in and of itself, with retailers and other companies going to war with their own customers and employees. Let’s hope the new spirit ushered in via the Trump Era leads to a truce.
Source: Joe for America