by Patrick Appel

Chris Beam thinks that the war on Christmas is basically over:

Just as the "war on Christmas" has obscured legitimate debate over church and state, other national issues seem to be overwhelming the "war on Christmas." Health care reform, climate change talks, and tax breaks for bankers provide plenty of fuel for conservative angerand eat up plenty of air time. And perhaps Obama is diffusing some of the fear that his election would usher in an era of secular humanism. A devout Christian, he has continued many of the religious traditions of his predecessor, including the National Day of Prayer.

Then there's the rise of third-way groups like the Advent Conspiracy, which embraces the religious aspects of Christmas but rejects the consumerism surrounding it. (Watch their promo video here.) Rather than a war on Christmas, they're fighting a war for Christmas.

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