It may be summertime, but for Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, the War on Christmas is never over.
Carlson is perpetually angry about Festivus, a winter holiday featured on the television program “Seinfeld,” and the possibility of a Festivus pole showing up next to the baby Jesus at Christmas time.
Right Wing Watch reports that in an interview last week on the American Family Radio program “AFA Today,” Carlson repeated her strong stance against Festivus, by arguing that the “sacrilegious” holiday “denigrates Christianity.”
Carlson told host Kevin McCullough that a Festivus pole display in the Washington state capitol next to a Christmas tree was “outrageous,” adding:
I don’t want to have to drive around, eventually, years gone by with my kids looking at all the Nativity scenes during Christmas time and say, ‘Oh look kids, there’s the baby Jesus, way behind the Festivus pole, you can barely see him.’
Carlson previously explained that she does not want to see a Festivus pole, noting:
I’m all for free speech and free rights, just not on December 25th.
Festivus is a tongue-in-cheek secular holiday celebrated by those frustrated with the commercial and religious pressure surrounding the Christmas season.
Festivus includes an aluminum “Festivus pole,” practices such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength,” and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles.”
Festivus was created by writer Dan O’Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel, a screenwriter for the TV show Seinfeld. The original Festivus took place in February 1966. Festivus is now celebrated on December 23, as depicted on the December 18, 1997 Seinfeld episode, “The Strike.”
(H/T Right Wing Watch)