Remember last year when we were all living in a weird Hunger Games world where it was against the law to say "Merry Christmas"? Anytime someone said *THAT PHRASE,* they were hauled off to jail for their Christmas crime until they said "Happy Holidays" instead. You might not have noticed it, but there wasn't a single person on Earth who celebrated Christmas in 2016. Because Christmas was illegal.
Wait, what's that? Christmas wasn't illegal? People were saying "Merry Christmas" and not facing any jail time whatsoever? Hm. Someone should probably let our current president know that.
On Christmas Eve, Trump tweeted the following:That's right, boys and girls. According to Trump, there's been an assault on the phrase "Merry Christmas." And Trump knows a thing or two (or 19) about assault, so he must be correct, right?
Well, not according to the rest of the Internet.
@realDonaldTrump You mean I wasn't allowed to say Merry Christmas last year or the year before or the year before that? Oops my bad— 🌹Grandma is a Socialist🌹👀 (@🌹Grandma is a Socialist🌹👀)1514298600.0
Unfortunately for Donald J. Trump, the Internet's memory is better than his. People have been saying "Merry Christmas" for pretty much ever.In Trump's mind, he is the first president who has been brave enough to say the words "Merry Christmas" without any fear of repercussions. (To be fair, he seems to do pretty much everything without a thought of what the consequences could be, so he's not totally wrong, there.)
But Trump isn't the first president to say "Merry Christmas." Here's Obama saying it back in 2009:Ahhh, 2009. The wonderful year when Obama was in the White House and Trump was just a weird, mean guy from a reality TV show. And Obama's Christmas cheer didn't stop there.
Here's a video compilation of Barack Obama wishing people a Merry Christmas throughout his entire presidency.That's right. Even Barack Obama — one of Trump's least favorite people ever — freely said the words "Merry Christmas." Now, let's take a look at Trump's holiday greetings from back in 2010...
Prepare yourself for this one.Trump. Said. Happy. Holidays. Instead of Merry Christmas! Now, just in case it's not clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wishing someone "Happy Holidays" instead of saying "Merry Christmas." In fact, this tweet from Donald Trump may be his least offensive tweet ever.
That's because saying "Happy Holidays" is a nice thing to say.
@realDonaldTrump You didn't. At all. No one ever stopped saying it. We just had the good manners to realize not ALL… https://t.co/SDqNDrxsw5— Lorraine Devon Wilke (@Lorraine Devon Wilke)1514297993.0
That's why some people — including Trump's own daughter Ivanka — choose to say "Happy Holidays" instead.
Happy Holidays! 😘 https://t.co/XLBj2zg2Ql— Ivanka Trump (@Ivanka Trump)1513049412.0
So, just so we're all clear: There is no war on Christmas, and there has been no assault on the phrase "Merry Christmas." There is, however, some controversy surrounding other words.
@realDonaldTrump Hard to believe that only a year ago people were thrown in jail for saying "Merry Christmas" but n… https://t.co/hn0tJ0ZTbF— Pat from CT ✌ 🌊 (@Pat from CT ✌ 🌊)1514290533.0
Oh yeah, and about that word "assault"...
@realDonaldTrump When was there ever an “assault” on the phrase merry Christmas? If only you could lead the charge… https://t.co/peLYMWFeBS— Jeremy Vallin (@Jeremy Vallin)1514171710.0