Some of you may be confused about what is involved in waging war on Christmas.
I'm going to try and clear up this confusion.
#1) Waging war and killing people on Christmas Day is a good thing.
For example, Washington crossing the Deleware on Christmas night in order to slaughter drunk mercenaries is a legendary example of the Christmas spirit in America.
Hence, the reason Zachary Taylor isn't considered heroic while Washington is.
#2 Refusing to kill your fellow man on Christmas Day is a bad thing.
Sure, the famous Christmas Truce of World War I is remembered fondly now (by people who obviously don't understand the situation), but at the time the attitude was different amoungst more respectable leaders.
Cpl. Adolf Hitler of the 16th Bavarians lambasted his comrades for their unmilitary conduct:To put this holiday into proper perspective, remember that it all started because some unemployed itinerant preacher, who never wrote a book, never held office, had a family or a house, who didn't have any credentials whatsoever, defied his political betters.
Such things should not happen in wartime. Have you Germans no sense of honor left at all?
When Gen. Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien, commander of the British II Corps, learned of the consorting, he was irate:
I have issued the strictest orders that on no account is intercourse to be allowed between the opposing troops. To finish this war quickly, we must keep up the fighting spirit and do all we can to discourage friendly intercourse.
So he recieved the mock trial and crucifixion that any vagrant, bum, and ne'er do well, was supposed to recieve by law.
#3) Celebrating Christmas is evil, according to true Christians.
That is why the Puritans of Massachusetts outlawed all game-playing on Christmas Day in 1621.
Things were more severe in England.
"Resolved by the Parliament: That no observation shall be had of the five and twentieth day of December commonly called Christmas-Day; nor any solemnity used or exercised in churches upon the day in respect thereof."
- Act of Parliament, 1652
Town criers would go through the towns yelling "No Christmas! No Christmas!"
Because Christmas has no biblical origins, the puritans viewed Christmas as a pagan
"The old Heathen's Feasting Day, in honor of Saturn their Idol-God, the Papist's Massing Day, the Profane Man's Ranting Day, the Superstitious Man's Idol Day, the Multitude's Idle Day,
Satan's -- that Adversary's -- Working Day, the True Christian Man's Feasting day...We are persuaded, no one thing more hindereth the Gospel work all the year long, than doth the observation of that Idol Day once in a year, having so many days of cursed observation with it."
- 1656, Hezekiah Woodward, regarding Christmas
Of course puritans, especially those in England, were against having fun in general.
Pointless enjoyment was frowned upon. Cromwell shut many inns and the theatres were all closed down. Most sports were banned. Boys caught playing football on a Sunday could be whipped as a punishment. Swearing was punished by a fine, though those who kept swearing could be sent to prison.Women had to wear a long black dress, a white apron, a white headdress and no makeup. Any woman caught wearing makeup on the streets would have it scrubbed off by soldiers. Men had to dress head to toe in black and cut their hair short.
Sunday became a very special day under he Puritans. Most forms of work were banned. Women caught doing unnecessary work on the Holy Day could be put in the stocks. Simply going for a Sunday walk (unless it was to church) could lead to a hefty fine.
If a Sunday walk was against the law, you can just imagine what sort of outrage celebrating a pagan holiday like Christmas might bring.
Thus the Real War on Christmas began.
In January 1645 parliament enlisted the help of a group of ministers to create a Directory of Public Worship establishing a new organisation of the church and new forms of worship that were to be adopted and followed in both England and Wales. According to the Directory, the population was to strictly observe Sundays as holy days and were not to recognise other festival days, including Christmas, since they had no biblical justification.Cromwell considered Charles I not sufficiently christian, despite passing these laws. So shortly before having Charles beheaded, Cromwell abolition of the feasts of Christmas, Easter and Whitsun in 1647. Soldiers would patrol the streets of London and seize food that they suspected of being prepared for Christmas.
Attending Christmas mass was specifically forbidden in England.
"I went to London with my wife to celebrate Christmas-day, Mr. Gunning preaching in Exeter Chapel, on Micah VVII:2. Sermon ended, as he was giving us the Holy Sacrament, the chapel was surrounded with soldiers, and assembly surprised and kept prisoners by them, some in the house, others carried away.
- diary of John Evelyn, 1657
Cromwell eventually died in 1658. After Charles II regained the throne, he had Cromwell's body dug up and put on trial. His body was found guilty of being a traitor. It was hanged from the gallows. He was then decapitated and his head was put on display at Westminster Hall for over 20 years.
I hope this help clear up your confusion about Christmas.
My personal attitude about Christmas is much like Monty Python's.