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Christmas Tag

With a newborn and a seven-year-old, quiet is a rarity. But everyone is sleeping soundly after our first Christmas as one, big family. This year has been one of the best, if not THE best year of my life. Getting married, gaining a step-daughter, growing a tiny human -- it's all more than I ever imagined. Regular readers know that I've frequently joked (sort of) about what an awful year 2016 has been. An almost uncanny number of well-known, talented people have passed on this year, our entire political world was tased by the silent majority's Death Star, and to top if off, the year is ending with a nation-wide whipped cream shortage.

Once President-elect Trump vowed to end the war on Christmas and stated that we're going to say "Merry Christmas" again, a nationwide silent cheer went up as Americans across the country felt the weight of the religious suppression that permeates and fuels political correctness lifted in a very real way. Americans who felt, almost physically felt, that iron wall lift are mostly Christians and people who identify as Republicans or conservatives.

We featured this video last year and liked it so much, we’re doing it again. Christmas flash mobs have become very popular over the last few years but so far none have matched the outstanding effort put forth by the Opera Company of Philadelphia in 2010. The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah is a staple of Christmas music for good reason but when singers from multiple groups joined to create this moment on video, history was made.

I want to wish Legal Insurrection readers a very Merry Christmas (as well as Happy Chanukah, which begins December 24). My family decided to begin this holiday season with a trip to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley. Given how closely my family followed this year's election, it seemed a grand way to conclude a crazy political year.

The posts I most enjoy writing about are the ones I didn't plan, but somehow found. I've written about Christmas Eve in World War II before, including in 2014, Christmas 1944: The Battle of the Bulge. and a follow up with reader memories in 2015, Christmas Eve in the Ardennes 1944. In searching for another story to tell this Christmas Eve, I stumbled upon memories of Christmas Eve 1943 at Stalag Luft 1, a POW camp for captured Allied airmen.

Two operatives from Campus Reform recently visited the campus of the University of Virginia and asked students to sign a petition to ban Christmas for being "non-inclusive." Unsurprisingly, they were able to find people to sign it. From their website:
VIDEO: UVA students sign petition to ban Christmas In this season’s most anticipated holiday spin-off, Campus Reform visits the University of Virginia dressed as “The Hipsters Who Stole Christmas.”

It's difficult to think of anything less controversial than Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts crew but the classic Christmas special mentions Christianity explicitly which is a problem for some people. A staffer at a middle school in Texas decided to use imagery from the special as decorations but was told the decorations had to come down. Todd Starnes of FOX News reported:
School censors "Charlie Brown Christmas" poster One of the most poignant scenes in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is when Linus stands on a stage and recites a passage from the Holy Bible describing the Christmas story.

Sometimes life gives you extra lifey years. 2015 has been that kind of year for me. Through it all, I've learned much, grown even more, and have gained a greater appreciation for the human experience. I'm blessed beyond measure; constantly amazed by the inordinate number of incredible people with whom I have the privilege of sharing a little bit of life with. Each of whom has taught me how to be a better me, how to love harder, laugh louder, embrace the suck, and squeeze every ounce of life out of every singe day. In this Season of Giving, of celebrating the single greatest gift given to mankind, I would like to share with you what this year has shared with me. Some lessons I've known, but came to understand differently. 1. Take the time to tell others how important they are to you.
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