Every year during the holidays the alleged "War on Christmas" gets kicked around on cable news and on social media. With the election of Donald Trump, conservatives now believe they will end up on the winning side of the battle.

War on Christmas

The idea behind the "War on Christmas" is that conservatives and members of the religious right believe their religious freedom is being taken away by political correct liberals who would rather say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" as the year comes to a close.

The left often accuse those who say "Merry Christmas" of being insensitive to people who don't celebrate the tradition, while conservatives on the right take the extreme in the other direction by feeling their religious freedom is being threatened. Each year the topic is driven into the ground ad nauseam on a nightly basis, with President-elect Donald Trump now bringing up the issue, as reported by Fox News on December 10.

While speaking to crowd of supporters late Friday night during a stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan for his "Thank You Tour," Trump vowed to help end the "War on Christmas." "Merry Christmas everybody, Merry Christmas," Donald Trump said.

"They reminded me, we're gonna start saying 'Merry Christmas' again," Trump said while pointing to a group in the audience.

"How about all those department stores. They have bells, and they have red walls, and they have snow, but they don't have 'Merry Christmas,'" Donald Trump said, while adding, "I think they're gonna start putting up 'Merry Christmas.'" This isn't the first time that the billionaire real estate mogul has brought up the issue, as he's made it a recent talking point with the holidays just weeks away.

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Moving forward

The issue over an alleged war on a holiday might appear like it's a non-issue, but for many on the far-right, it's a seasonal political nightmare. While it's true that many businesses have moved to a more general holiday theme, in a possible attempt not to alienate customers who don't celebrate Christmas, but there's been no evidence provided that backs up the claim that Christians are having their religious freedom violated or taken away, especially during the holiday season.

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