The "War Against Christmas" never gets old:
Here's an early entrant
On the Internet, the "war against Christmas" wages on — or at least that's what the e-mails claim.
A chain e-mail says that the Obama White House is renaming Christmas trees "holiday trees."
"We have a friend at church who is a very talented artist. For several years she, among many others, has painted ornaments to be hung on the various White House Christmas trees," the e-mail begins. "She got her letter from the WH recently. It said that they would not be called Christmas trees this year. They will be called Holiday trees. And, to please not send any ornaments painted with a religious theme... Just thought you should know what the new residents in the WH plan for the future of America."
"This isn't a rumor; this is a fact," the e-mail says.
... White House spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield says the tree tradition isn't changing.
"There is no truth to this, and the letter referenced in the e-mail does not exist," she said. "No letter has gone out yet from the White House pertaining to Christmas tree ornaments."
She added, "The trees in the White House will be called Christmas trees, and the tree on the Ellipse will be called the National Christmas Tree. There will be no name changes."
Considering the over-the-top remarks about Obama this summer by the teabagging crowd, and that this Christmas will be the first with him in the White House, it could be a wild holiday season.