Sarah Palin is coming to town
March 12th, 2013
10:39 AM ET
1 year ago

Sarah Palin is coming to town

(CNN) - Do you hear what I hear? Sarah Palin already has Christmas on her mind.

In the upcoming title, "A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas," the former Alaska governor argues the holiday has become too secular because of "the politically correct elite who have hijacked the season," according to a release from the book's publisher, HarperCollins.

Scheduled for a November release, her new book will be out in time for purchase by all holiday shoppers, naughty or nice.

Her book, the publisher states, will make the argument for a more traditional Christmas that emphasizes the Christian theme behind the holiday. Palin will highlight "the importance of preserving Jesus Christ in Christmas," whether that's in public displays, school concerts or pageants. The book will also include personal memories and traditions from the most wonderful time of the year.

The 2008 vice presidential nominee has been known to defend her stance on Christmas in the past. In 2011, Palin blasted President Obama's Christmas card as "odd" on Fox News because it featured the family's dog, Bo, sitting by a fire, rather than prominently displaying values of "family, faith and freedom."

In a statement, Palin said her new book will be a "fun, festive, thought provoking" piece that will encourage readers to "unite in defense of our faith and ignore the politically correct Scrooges who would rather take Christ out of Christmas."

The book follows her two other books, "Going Rogue" (2009) and "America by Heart" (2010).

– CNN's Kevin Bohn and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Christmas can be as traditional as your *family* wishes to observe it. Government has no reason to observe the holiday, except to honor the desire of most citizens not to work and observe the holiday in their own way.

    March 12, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    I am not one to become overly depressed, CNN. Yeah, I know ... it really bugs you folks that I am not. Having said that equating $arah Palin with one of my favorite Christmas songs is truly pathetic. And depressing.

    March 12, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. askdavey

    anyone who would buy her book is just messed up, she needs to get a job and stop trying to support herself and family on the torn coat tails of j. mcaine clerk at the alaska 7- ellleven fits her.

    March 12, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Mark in Seattle

    So Sarah is hoping to "cash in" while telling us Christmas has become to commercial? We kind of already know that.

    March 12, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Palin Power

    Behold our next and greatest President Sarah Palin! She will make Christmas a world holiday.

    March 12, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. jaylarson

    Stop making stupid people famous.

    March 12, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Getoverit

    She admitted voting twice in the presidential election last November, and now, Obama supporter Melowese Richardson has been indicted for allegedly voting at least six times. She also is charged with illegal voting in 2008 and 2011.

    March 12, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. NickAnast

    That woman is an idiot.

    March 12, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. jaylarson

    stop making stupid people famous

    March 12, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    So, Sarah is all for ramming her version of Christimas and Christianity complete with exorcisms down our throats so SHE can feel good, yet she is offended by a picture of a Portuguese Water dog on a Christmas card?

    March 12, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. CTed

    If schools and pageants are including jesus they shouldn't be doing the pageant or celebration. If it is a more secular celebration of the time of year that's fine but people celbrate religiousholidays not government institutions.

    Besides, the solstice is the reason for the season, not Jesus. Everything in today's Christmas celebration is taken from the pagan holiday celebrations celebrating the same time of year so telling people who celebrate the solstice, or Yule and who's families have been doing so since a few thousand years before Christ that Jesus is the reason for the season is insulting.

    March 12, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Frostbyte

    Recipe for selling books to conservative sheeple:
    1. Cook up a non-issue. (be sure to look at Evangelical media for buzzwords and hot button topics!)
    2. Blame everything bad on the moderates. (shhh, don't let on that people are in control of their own lives and can think for themselves. That is NOT GOOD for hyping the topic.)
    3. Accuse everyone who does not agree with your opinion that they are a part of the moderate/liberal conspiracy. (Make as closed loop system as possible on this, i.e. Evangelical Biblical interpertation, Creationism. It is not possible to torture logic beyond acceptance here, so twist away. Dismiss Occam's razor in favor of Palin's Pretzel!!!)
    4. Location Location Location! Sell where there is a buyer's market for hollow facts and emotional rhetoric. (Fox News, and apparently CNN now are an example.)
    5. Look for journalistic rebuttal and comedic parodies to decry to increase hype around the book and "prove" that there is a conspiracy to discredit your spurious facts. (i.e. NPR, The Onion,...)

    You are ready to see that bank account grow! Remember, flowers aren't the only living things that thrive on manure! Hello Tea Party!!! :-)

    March 12, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Susan

    Remember, it IS a federal holiday. She's simply telling people that it became corrupted by capitalism. I don't think anyone can argue that, but oh I'm so sure they will try because it's Sarah Palin. If Christmas is no big deal to you, then just try not buying your kids any gifts and see how far it gets you.

    March 12, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Ren

    What is wrong with you, CNN? Leave us alone about this person--how can you possibly justify wasting your/our/the world's time and energy like this? Sheesh.

    March 12, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Babyboomer

    @jaylarson. Amen to that...

    March 12, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. TheNewLeft

    It is wonderfull that there are courageous Americans willing to stand up and fight for traditional values including keeping Christ in Christmas. Whether or not you believe in Christianity or not, Christ was real and did bring a message of love and hope that we all should celebrate.

    March 12, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. cel1

    without fox noise to support her family and push her books, this effort likely will fall flat. who is this person, anyhow ??

    March 12, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. Carol

    This book is pathetic. It's too bad she can't write something that comes from an intelligent human being. So, she wants to blame a bad Christmas on the government???? That's funny.But hey, those people on C4P will eat it up and say what a great Christian she is.

    March 12, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Michael in Houston

    CNN....you have become the MySpace of the news business. You really have. Of ALL the news centers, CNN has been more obssessed with Palin then any other media (including FOX) and subsequently more responsible for making Sarah Palin a constant. The woman can blow her nose and CNN will report it. CNN...you really have gotten weird about Palin. You really have. She is yesterdays news, she is disliked across the Country and she is irrelevant. How many more comments do you need on Palin articles that show 90%+ of people are done with her to help you folks come up to the year 2013?

    March 12, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. sam

    Just let people celebrate however they want. God, Sarah, can you not handle an entire week without needing attention? Someone get this lunatic a hobby.

    March 12, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. ST

    CNN, as much as I like to be entertained, BUT am really sorry that you should not engage in this kind of advertisement. You should think first on information you give to people, whether they are beneficial, and if they are not why take your precious time and publish this?. This entire story of Sarah's book all in all is about helping her and neither you nor her will make people benefit from it. We like you CNN, but if this kind of information will continue, we will start pulling out ourselves one by one.

    March 12, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. livingston

    The headline could have come straight from the Weather channel. First it was hurricane Sandy, the the blizzard and not big blow Sarah. All were destructive. The only difference is we did Sarah to ourselves but luckily, if we ignore her enough she will eventually just go away with no lasting damage. She just isn't that important.. Any book she has written for her is doomed to the discount bin at the grocery store within a month.

    March 12, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. LouAZ

    Please don't tell Parah $alin about Santa. I don't think she could handle it.

    March 12, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Chris

    Study history – Christmas *always* was a more secular holiday than a religious one.

    March 12, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. jb1963

    I wish someone would kidnap her and ask for a one dollar ransom. This way we won't have to hear from her again.

    March 12, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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