The Yuletide Has Turned...

Some big wins for Christmas. That is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo".

The yuletide has turned, ladies and gentlemen. The anti-Christmas forces are retreating all over the USA. In Wichita, Kansas, the big display used to be called a "community tree". Now it's called a "Christmas tree", thanks to the city council.

In Deerfield, New Hampshire, some cops and firefighters say they're putting up the nativity scene. And you can talk to them if you don't like it.

Walgreens now says it made a mistake banning Merry Christmas from its advertising this year. And next year, Christmas will be back.

Lowe's Home Improvement Centers now say they are selling "Christmas trees", not "holiday trees".

And the biggest victory of all, Macy's. Last year wouldn't advertise using Christmas. This year, well, here's the spot.


SONG: "Old Mr. Kringle is soon going to jingle, the bells that are tingle all your travels away. Everybody's waiting for the man with the bag `cause Christmas is coming again.

He's got a sleighful. It's not going to stay full. He's got stuff to drop at every stop of the way. Everybody's waiting for the man with the bag. 'Cause Christmas is here again.


Christmas is here again at Macy's. Predictably, the opponents of public displays of Christmas continue to put forth counterparts on "Secular Central" -- I mean, Comedy Central. They said this:


SAMANTHA BEE, "THE DAILY SHOW" CORRESPONDENT: Christmas is the only religious holiday that's also a federal holiday. That way, Christians can go to their services and everyone else can stay home and reflect on the true meaning of separation of church and state.


And a Merry Christmas to you, Jon Stewart.

As I said in my newspaper column this week: Three wise men, one showed up to honor the Baby Jesus way back when. And if corporate executives are not wise enough to emulate that, well, those of us who respect Christmas might look elsewhere.

But the news is mostly good. And later in the broadcast, we have an angry comedian who's picking up the Christmas banner, even though he's Jewish. Stick around for that. You won't be disappointed.

"Talking Points" is proud to be a part of the pro-Christmas movement. And things are moving our way, but eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. And over the next three weeks, we will be vigilant on this subject. Trust me.

And that's "The Memo."

The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day

Some interesting numbers for you. Almost 100,000 people have voted in our latest poll, which asks you will you shop at stores that do not say "Merry Christmas"? Will you shop at stores that do not say "Merry Christmas"? We'll give you the results on Monday.

More than one million people have visited the Christmas/holiday store, and items are flying out of there. You might want to check it out this weekend.

If you don't have a computer, you can contact the no-spin elves at 1- 877-4-ALL-GIFTS, 1-877-4-ALL-GIFTS.

And finally, the paperback edition of "O'Reilly Factor for Kids" stays at No. 4 on the New York Times best-selling list. I still think we can make No. 1, and we thank all of you who have made the kids book the best selling nonfiction children's book of the year. And that's not ridiculous at all.

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