Contrary to what right-wing media outlets would have Americans believe, there is no war on Christmas. The uproar, even from President Trump, about a rise in the number of stores saying “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” is a marketing decision reflecting an increasingly diverse America and consumer market, not an attack on Christianity, argues Matthew Albright in the Delaware Online. In fact, 52% of Americans polled by Pew Research Center say they don’t even care if they hear “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas.” Most Americans accept differences in culture and opinion and don’t consider these differences an assault on their faith.
With political correctness taking over America, it is no surprise that many Americans think there is a war on Christmas. From retail stores to public schools, the courts have made it more challenging to celebrate Christmas for fear of infringing on minorities' religious freedoms. However, says Johann Neem in USA Today, the left and right are now both responsible for continuing this war against Christmas. By bragging that America is saying Merry Christmas again, President Trump is exploiting the holiday to appeal to his white nationalist Protestant base thereby turning Christmas into a weapon. The holiday is at the center of America’s culture wars.