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Just in case you were wondering whose side you were on in the War on Christmas, I offer this simple test: Did you decorate a tree this year? Hang mistletoe? Place a wreath at your door?

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Then you’re part of “the problem”—the problem, that is, as defined by hotheads like Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, and creepy, falafel-loving Fox News guy Bill O’Reilly. This problem is exemplified by anybody who celebrates a holiday other than Christmas during the month of December—or acknowledges the fact that many people actually do.

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The use of evergreen plants as decoration during this wonderful time of year is a clear endorsement of pre-Christian European pagan festivals—during which nobody ever dreamed of uttering the words “Merry Christmas.”

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Oh, you think it’s a beautiful, meaningful and fun tradition? Well, so do I. Glad we can agree on that.

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And Happy Holidays to you, too.

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