Christmas wars (news):

  • 'Christmas break' may return | Falcon School District 49 board member Anna Bartha, who took office a few weeks ago, is asking the board to consider changing the name of the time off at the end of the year from winter break to its traditional name, Christmas vacation (The Gazette, Colorado Springs)
  • School holiday shows in state bring threat of suit | Not Christian enough, Florida group warns (Associated Press)
  • A very wary Christmas | Retailers and governments heed the wrath of Christians who seek recognition of the sanctity of the occasion. Attorneys are standing by (Los Angeles Times)
  • 'Christmas' missing from Bushes' card | Conservatives are rankled that the word "Christmas" doesn't appear anywhere on the official White House card—1.4 million copies of which were mailed to presidential friends and supporters (The Washington Times)
  • Capitol tree gets Christmas moniker back | Lighting up the chilly night with a resolute flick of a switch, House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Thursday night illuminated this year's Capitol Christmas — not "holiday" — Tree, reinstating its religious title for the first time in years (Associated Press)
  • Christmas debate at Manhasset tree lighting | When the Rev. Nick Zientarski invoked the name of Jesus Christ during his traditional blessing of the official Christmas tree lighting in Manhasset last week, he had no idea he had signed on as a soldier in the culture wars over Christmas (Newsday)

Christmas wars: Left's fault:

  • The war on Christmas | Theocracy? Do you really believe that? (Jay Ambrose, Scripps Howard News Service)
  • Vision America joins war of words in Christmas fray | Rick Scarborough's Vision America, based in East Texas, is launching a bumper sticker (The Lufkin Daily News, Tex.)
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