The Republican war on Christmas

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Conservatives have long complained that a war on Christmas is being waged by enemies of Christianity and traditional America. Whatever the merits of that complaint, it's clear that this year the Republicans are taking aim at Christmas.

No, they aren't demanding that public squares be cleared of crèches or that Santa be more representative of multicultural America. And they aren't frowning at those who insist on saying "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays."

The GOP war on Christmas comes in a very different form. This year, the Republicans have fallen into the old habit of refusing to play Santa Claus.