fivethirtyeight.com : Mapping the “War on Christmas.” (with Andy Lewis)

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/where-to-say-merry-christmas-vs-happy-holidays/

‘Tis the season for some to take offense when a store clerk says “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas,” or when a coffee chain converts to plain red cups for the holiday. The “war on Christmas” trope seems to surface with Black Friday sales, but who is actually at war?

It is easy to imagine saying “merry Christmas” as another cudgel in the culture wars between Christians and the irreligious. The actual story, however, is much more nuanced. Public Religion Research Institute asked a…[head to story]

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