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WRIGHT: It’s Not Just the Décor. Why the Left Truly Hates Christmas

In times past, four sabbaths before Christmas was the onset of Advent, a time when Christians prepared for the coming birth of the Heavenly King, and denied themselves some small pleasure to mortify the flesh.

It was not primarily a season of frantic shopping, but of solemn spiritual preparation for a twelve-day feast lasting past the New Year. It was a time for works of mercy and charity. But time is a strong, unmerciful tyrant, and now we have new traditions.

Every year, immediately after Thanksgiving, the War on Christmas begins. The sneering of the sick-minded, black-hearted (and small-manhooded) begins.

The colored lights, the festive kindness, the gay cheer that boldly defies the dark drear of winter, the singing of carols soaring starward, the love of family and friends, and, most of all the images of Saint Nicholas, the Star of Bethlehem, and the baby in the manger, all heap burning coals on the heads of our friends on the Left, and cause them pain.

Why does your friendly neighborhood Leftist war on Christmas? Why does he hate it so? Other writers, wiser than I, cannot answer:

No one quite knows the reason. It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. But I think that the most likely reason of all, may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

On the other hand, the good Dr. Seuss penned one of those Christmas books that somehow manages to mention Santa without mentioning Saint Nicholas, or Christ. So maybe he honestly did not know.

Why must a Leftist hate Christmas, then?  Let us look at it as a multiple choice question.

  • (1) A Leftist is rude.
  • (2) A Leftist is a killjoy.
  • (3) A Leftist is divisive.
  • (4) A Leftist hates America.
  • (5) A Leftist hates Christ.
  • (6) All of the above.

Let us ponder each possible answer:

First, the War on Christmas is waged to be rude.

It is rude, but this is not why Uncle Screwtape encourages his useful idiots to be idiots about it. Rudeness is merely a means to an end.

This war is not just a matter of public buildings replacing baby Jesus from nativity scenes with Kami the AIDS-awareness muppet, or a public schools holding A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS as a school play but deleting one scene where Linus quotes the Gospel of Luke. These are just steps.

It is not just a matter of trotting out tired old chestnuts about Christmas trees being pagan in origin or Christ’s birth being a retelling of the birth of Horus, or Mithra, or Krishna.

Let us digress a moment to remember that all those old chestnuts are bogus. All fake news.

The practice of decorating Christmas trees dates from Eighteenth Century Germany, which had not been pagan for over a thousand years.

Horus’s birth was traditionally celebrated in August, not December, and he was born to avenge his father’s death, not to cure mankind of sin. Mithra was not born, he was carved out of a rock.

As for Krishna, he was not the firstborn of a virgin, but the eighthborn of a married matron. An evil king seeks his life, but not for the reason Herod sought Christ’s. At Krishna’s birth, Vishnu appears from heaven, and whisks the mother away, brushing evil serpents and raging floods from her path. Not a long donkey ride to Egypt here.

She gives Krishna to a kindly cowherd to raise, and takes the cowherd’s daughter in swap. Upon returning, when the tyrant enters the dungeon seeking the child’s life, the cowherd’s daughter is transfigured into the goddess Yogamaya and ascends to heaven. Later, Krishna grows up to seduce rural maidens. No getting lost in a temple arguing points of law with old graybeards for this boy.

Besides, even if each jot and tittle of Christmas tradition was taken from pagan forebears unchanged except for the name “HORUS” crossed out in bright red crayon, and the name “CHRIST” crudely thrust in, so what?

The pagan forebears of the Christians were themselves the very people who converted and became Christian. Their culture also was baptized. Words, dress, architecture, calendar, was unchanged. The names of months, weekdays, planets, constellations, were kept.

Everything they kept was a pagan survival into Christianity. It all became Christian.

What was left behind was sodomy, polygamy, pederasty,  divorce  (yes, the Romans had that), contraceptive pharmaceuticals (yes, the Romans had that, too) and the belief that Caesar was sacred, but not human life.  

The pagan things that did not survive are the very things the modern world wants to return to us: sodomy, polygamy, pederasty, divorce, contraception. A despot worshipped as a god. Life held cheaply. Some returned came in the 1930’s, some in the 1960’s. Some are coming.  

So, to make it clear: putting pretty lights on a tree, or weaving a wreath of evergreens, is not a pagan survival. These things did not spring out of Christianity. The only thing that honestly can be said to have sprang out of paganism, and which survives to the modern day, is Christianity.

But these silly, trifling slurs and insults against nativity scenes and Charlie Brown plays, and these silly, trifling arguments about the alleged pagan roots of Christmas are not being done to change décor nor change minds. They are done to affront, not to persuade.

Win or lose, the bickering destroys something of the Christmas spirit. The rudeness is an instrument to kill the joy and pleasure of the season, to make a shared solemnity into a bone of contention.

It is done to ruin the fun.

So the War on Christmas is waged to kill the fun of Christmas, to end the joy.

Leftist spoil the joy of Christmas not because Leftists are killjoys. They are, of course, but that is not the full answer.

This loss of Christmas traditions and Christmas spirit is part of the same social movement that divides whites from blacks and tells each to hate the other, divided old from young, men from women, foreign from native, labor from management, homo from hetero, trans from cis, rich from poor.

These divisions do, indeed, kill joy. But that loss is a side effect. The division is the point.

In this case, they divide the Christians from the seculars. They tell the Christians it is rude and unchristian to defend themselves. They tell the seculars that the evil Christians are backward bigots shoving silly superstitions down everyone’s throat. Both sides are told the smallest compromise is unthinkable.  

So the War on Christmas is waged to divide us. Again, this is not the full answer.

They want to divide America to destroy the American dream. That is where the real battle takes place. The war is not against flesh and blood, but a matter of spirit. In this case, the spirit of America.

The reason for the War on Christmas is to change the habits and expectations, the spirit, if you will, of the American culture into something else.

The War on Christmas is waged because they hate the spirit of America. They do, but that is not the full answer.

They hate whence that spirit comes.  

America, like it or not, is based on ideals springing from British Common Law, including the Magna Charter. English Common Law is based on Roman Canon Law, which is based on Biblical laws and principles.

And we know how the Left feels about the Bible, and about Christ.  

Even your Leftist friends who claim to be good Christians, and who say they love Christ, do not. If they loved Him they would do what He said.

The War on Christmas is waged because they hate Christ. They do, but even this is not the full answer.

They hate the freedom, peace, enlightenment and goodwill Christian values and Christian civilization brought into the world. They hate everything associated with our civilization down to the last iota.

They hate Christendom. They hate life and the culture of life.

Here, at last, is the full answer. The final end for which all this rude, killjoy, unpatriotic and antichristian commotion is made, is their hatred of the culture of life.

From the culture of life springs (1) our faith, which begets (2) the America dream, including the concepts of equal rights protected under the rule of law, which begets (3)  our mutual goodwill, which begets (4) the joy when all artificial divisions cease, which begets (5) and the courtesy born of mutual respect, and respect for all human life. This respect bridges all divides.

This is what the War on Christmas rejects. All of it. In other words, the full answer is all of the above.

Note that one does not need to be a Christian, or even to like Christians, to want to live in a land which reveres life as sacred.

Even an agnostic might want not to live where his unborn daughter, without his knowledge or permission, can be murdered by her mother nine months into the pregnancy, dismembered, and the body parts sold.

Even an atheist might want not to live where, once he falls ill, and over the objection of his relatives ready and able to pay for his recovery, a faceless bureaucrat may sentence him to death by the lingering torment of starvation and dehydration, while he weakly whispers and croaks for help to indifferent nurses and passing janitors.

Even a skeptic might want not to live where souls compassionate enough to offer to pray for the victims and survivors of tragedies are not mocked and heckled.

Agnostic, atheists, and skeptics benefit from the goodfellowship inherent in the culture of life.  

Politeness encourages goodfellowship. Rudeness erodes it. Shared rituals, even with those skeptical of what such rituals mean, nonetheless encourage goodfellowship. Isolation erodes it.

The secular world sees nothing but a remorseless power struggle between pressure groups divided by race, sex, class, faction, and background. Each opposes the other. Each is isolated.

Secularism cannot provide good fellowship.

In the secular world, nothing is sacred, hence life is not sacred. Human life is a means to an end. When unproductive, has no value. Desecration of life always means devaluation.


There is no worldly reason to be polite to an enemy you hate, a rival you oppose, or an underling or weakling you hold in contempt. Nor is there worldly reason to seek goodfellowship with a stranger you will never see again.  

Why join them singing carols together, rich with poor, black with white, sick with hale, high with humble? Those of other classes and races and factions are competitors or foes. The weak and lowly are of no worldly use to you.

And in the secular view, this world is the only world there is. Worldly reasons are the sole reasons.

In the secular world of hard, cold, facts, it is a cold, hard fact that some men are weak, some babies are yet unborn, some cripples are comatose. There is no worldly reason to hold the lives of such helpless, wrinkly, stinky things to be sacred, or even significant.

In the culture of life, a reason exists: a mysterious reason. A mystical reason, rooted in the truth beyond the world. It is a truth beyond life.

The truth beyond life is this: Life is sacred.

In the culture of life, life is a gift from the hand of the Creator. It is not ours to decide to keep or to destroy. In the culture of life, your life is not your own.

This means your unborn daughter or your grandmother in the terminal ward can live, despite any pragmatic, dead-eyed, empty-hearted, cost-cutting reason to murder her.

That is the end goal of all of this. The end goal is a black mass where innocent life is sacrificed. Nothing is sacred but the whim of Caesar. No one prospers, but Moloch feeds.

Yes, strange as it sounds, that is what is at stake.

The War on Christmas is a war by the unhuman against the human.

Only by knowing that God once became a helpless human baby may we see that all helpless, wrinkly stinky humans are godlike, because they partake of His image and likeness.

Only by seeing humans as godlike can we treat them as humans.

And that is what it is really all about, Charlie Brown.


John C. Wright is a retired attorney, newspaperman and editor, who was only once on the lam and forced to hide from the police. He is an acclaimed science fiction novelist, winner of the prestigious Dragon Award for Best Novel, and holds the record for the most Hugo Award nominations for a single year. He presently works as a writer in Virginia, where he lives in fairytale-like happiness with his wife, the authoress L. Jagi Lamplighter, and their four children: Pingping, Orville, Wilbur, and Just Wright.


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  1. Dante Alighieri

    December 8, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Hmm, I’m Left. Let’s review YOUR safe-spaces:

    • A Leftist is rude. (I don’t call gays, fags, nor detractors fag-killers, as you do with Baby-killers wrt Abortion.)
    • A Leftist is a killjoy. (I love driving fast cars)
    • A Leftist is divisive. (I don’t introduce confrontation, but I won’t recline from defending what i believe in. It’s a MILO thing.)
    • A Leftist hates America. (How is feeding the American-Poor hatred? Or cheerfully providing the taxes needed to defend America, hating America?)
    • A Leftist hates Christ. (That my child, presupposes a belief in Christ. But from what I’ve read of the historical Christ, he’s a cool dude & I wish I knew him.)

    Your angry, because the Left is more civilized & naturally polite.
    As for the Left, you’ve convinced me, sign me up.

    • dfdfdfdf

      December 9, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      I wish you had not used the name of the greatest Catholic author (of the Divine Comedy) as your nickname. The Left is evil and satanic, accept it. And they hate all that is good and innocent in life. “Gay” means happy or lighthearted, the opposite of pederasty. Milo should also repent and abandon his homosexual lifestyle. Someone who criticizes homosexuals is not a “fag-killer” as he did not kill anyone, while someone who performs an abortion is literally a “baby-killer” (or fetus-killer). The left is polite? That surprises me. Go to an Antifa rally and let me know what you find, good luck.

    • Far and Away

      December 9, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      “Lets review YOUR safe spaces” was an opening snarky lie of “dante a.”, as the only thing he could talk about was about himself rather then discuss the subject at hand. And boy, did he tell us a lot quickly.

      Sidetracking discussion to talk about oneself shows that ‘dante’ is rude. This by the way proves John’s point, the left is rude.

      The rest of “dante”s drivel all flows from his mirror gazing – from his conflation of joy for Christ with his own passion for driving fast cars (and bragging in the process), to his bringing himself to the level of Christ (‘cool dude’, ‘I wish I knew him”).

      If he ever read Dante or Christ he would know better.

    • Yo!

      December 11, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      “Your angry, because the Left is more civilized & naturally polite.
      As for the Left, you’ve convinced me, sign me up.”

      I was a leftist it seems like forever, now. What a dry spell in my life, including with friends. Leftists are polite only because they plaster a smile on their face because they should have one on, not because of how they feel.

      Stress them even a little and the mask comes off. Thus screaming at the sky because Trump is still President a year later. Punching people holding signs that say “Pray to end abortion”. Vile and vulgar and somehow proud of it. And yes, casual confrontation because they believe everyone agree with them or should. Conservatives are sometimes open about it, but wow, the “of course believe this” from the liberals.

      And you don’t even get the irony of your name in relation to hating Christ. Dante was so Catholic as to make most Bishops blush now.

      “But from what I’ve read of the historical Christ, he’s a cool dude & I wish I knew him.)”

      Read the Gospels again. He’s not a “cool dude”. He’s cranky, arrogant, rude, and a blasphemer if He’s not exactly who He says He is. You just have “hippie” Jesus in your head because many modern Christians don’t want to grapple with what He really was saying.

  2. two crows

    December 9, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Leftists hate the color that brings joy to life. They green envious grinch with termites in their smile is their spirit animal.

    They hate the purity and calm of white fresh fallen snow. They snicker at jolly fat men in red suits. They cluck about overpopulation when two fair children rip open colourful paper to reveal neon plastic toys. And they sneer at two young lovers stealing a kiss under the red and green mistletoe.

    What can be done to combat their evil way? We must embrace life in a way that is… well this is Milo’s site. In the classical sense anyway.

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  4. bob k. mando

    December 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    What was left behind was … polygamy …, divorce (yes, the Romans had that), …

    The pagan things that did not survive are the very things the modern world wants to return to us: … polygamy

    Polygamy is not only NOT pagan ( the Hebrews had it quite early on and the OT refers to both Israel and Judah being figurative “wives” of God, with Israel whoring after foreign Gods on multiple occasions, Hosea 9:1, etc ). and, of course, the Church is the new ‘wife’.

    but the odder thing, given that so much of this essay fixates on Rome, is that Greco-Roman culture ACTUALLY WAS monogamous.


    now, i’m not going to assert that John was ignorant of this, because in all honesty, his depth of knowledge about ancient cultures ( especially their mythologies ) is pretty deep.

    but the form of the essay provides the false impression that Rome was polygamous. it most emphatically was not.

    • Yo!

      December 11, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      “Polygamy is not only NOT pagan ( the Hebrews had it quite early on and the OT refers to both Israel and Judah being figurative “wives” of God, with Israel whoring after foreign Gods on multiple occasions, Hosea 9:1, etc )”

      It’s not possible to read the OT and think that polygamy is great idea. (Only if you’re a 19th century Mormon would those accounts even occur to you to be an endorsement of the state.) I’m not sure if polygamy was the norm at the time of Jesus for the Israelites specifically, but obliviously the Holy Family does not include that state. Only Christianity manages to form a coherent set of reasons for monogamy.

      If you’re playing along at home with the culture deterioration game, you’ll note that places further along in their slow slide into paganization are playing around with polygamy. It’s “hip” in place like Seattle, Portland, OR, etc. In the sense that we don’t think ancient Hebrews are coming back, but paganism is making a return, I think the article was on point.

    • Yo!

      December 11, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      From your own article, around the time of late empire:

      “Among the upper classes, marriage was less frequent, and many couples who did marry failed to produce offspring.”

      That would make the elite classes not monogamous. Agreed on the polygamy, but the picture of late Roman society is a mirror of today.

    • Yo!

      December 11, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Also from your article, near the end:

      “Concerning the difference between a concubine and a wife, the jurist Julius Paulus wrote in his Opinions that “a concubine differs from a wife only in the regard in which she is held,” meaning that a concubine was not considered a social equal to her patron, as his wife was.[42] While the official Roman law declared that a man could not have a concubine at the same time he had a wife, there are various notable occurrences of this, including the famous cases of the emperors Augustus, Marcus Aurelius, and Vespasian. Suetonius wrote that Augustus “put Scribonia [his second wife] away because she was too free in complaining about the influence of his concubine”.[43] Often, in return for payment, concubines would relay appeals to their emperor.”

      This is polygamy – it is not an absolute ban on 2nd wife, only that they could not have equal status. Only 1 wife would have legitimate children. So the author was correct by the link you supplied.

  5. Jazz

    December 9, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Good article. Thanks for writing it

  6. Yo!

    December 11, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Excellent article. Thanks so much for it.

  7. Gray Tape

    December 14, 2017 at 4:38 am

    I know a way to Make the Day Great again and frustrate the knavish tricks of the Left. Just rename it… Judeo-Christmas! Then the Jewish Community, already yooooooge fans of Judeo-Christianity, will be even more determined to defend this central festival of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage against its enemies on the Left.

    In fact, I’m surprised that John didn’t thank the Jewish Community for their central role in the War on Christmas Judeo-Christmas. He’s surely well aware of it.

  8. Laramie Hirsch

    December 17, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Fun article. The Americanist section was a facepalm moment for me, though. But this–along with your last year’s article–are just great.

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