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Culture Wars

A daily blog chronicling the political, cultural, and religious whirlwind that accompanies the December holidays.

Happy, Merry

Like all seasons, the annual pre-Christmas holiday culture war must come to an end, and so must this blog. All told, this year was far calmer than past--there have been fewer examples of people throwing down in lawsuits (or fisticuffs), fewer boycotts and protests of stores that wished folks "Happy Holidays." That's not to say these things haven't gone on; the blog you've been reading has certainly documented that. But this year was certainly slightly toned down compared to past years.

Why? There are many possible reasons, not least of which is the fact that so many retail stores did include "Christmas" in their marketing and advertising this year.

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But what better way to end this year's blog than with this story out of Goleta, California. John Dickinson, the manager of the toll-free phone hotline for the Santa Barbara visitor's guide has been fielding hundreds of calls from children who mistake "Santa Barbara" for "Santa Claus." Instead of acting like a Grinch, Dickinson is playing along, happily asking the children if they've been naughty or nice, and asking them what they want for Christmas.

Happy, Merry, everyone.

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