Sarah Palin is coming to town
March 12th, 2013
10:39 AM ET
9 years 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.

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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. taswyn

    (a) Christmas at, well, christmas isn't *actually* a "truly" Christian holiday. It's a subversion of a "pagan" holiday (well, multiple different ones really), following the common roman tactic of moving calendar holidays/festivals to the date or near the date of holidays of conquered peoples in order to bring them into them into the empire, which was practiced well before Christianity came to Rome.

    (b) As a "good Christian," shouldn't she be more worried about looking after her own soul and setting an example for others than making money off of her book?

    (c) Last time I checked, the US had freedom of religion: we don't have Christianity as a state religion and instead have a wide mix of faiths who are supposed to be welcome in our country, not all of which celebrate Christmas (but, strange as it may be to some! many who celebrate some form of holiday around the winter solstice... see [a] above). If people don't like seeing others practicing a secular belief of buying gifts for whatever reason they might do so around the solstice, need I remind them that the same freedom applies to them as well, or else they might be forced to be Protestant right now (or some other religion they don't wish to be) instead. To cherish one's own religion while stomping on the freedoms of others is the worst form of hypocrisy. Rejoice in your beliefs if you want others to see your path as one worth following: trying to crush and stamp out their paths is exactly the behavior Jesus preached against.

    (d) If you are worried that good Christians have fallen into idolatry, then maybe you should deal with that matter in your good christian church, rather than trying to shove it down everyone else's throats. Or are you going to be the new Pharisees asking for signs that others deserve their freedoms as much as you enjoy yours?

    (e) Something about a self indulgent spending spree on the campaign/party dime and glass houses. And that being just the tip of the iceberg. I mean... really? REALLY?

    (f) Franciscan monks. Enough said. Go walk the walk, Palin.

    March 12, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Wellywellup

    How can you write a whole book about about your belief Dec. 25th should be called Christmas?

    March 12, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. zcglueck

    I celebrate Christmas but certainly not christ-mass. I realize Palin and her ilk wish we lived in a theocracy, but unfortunately for her, we do not. I could give a fudge about christ and god and thor and vishnu and mohamad (allah be praised).

    I just watch the HBO movie Game Change the other day. WOW. It was a great portrayal at what a child she is (or maybe high functioning retard would be more appropriate)...

    March 12, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. MagicPanties

    How 'bout that witch doctor, Sarah? How does he fit in to xmas? Just 2 funny.

    March 12, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Cat

    Someone else wrote this book, Palin is too stupid to string two words together, much less write a book. And I totally agree, WHY will she not GO away.

    March 12, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Palin's next project: write a book about her life out of Politics and call it " A History of the World".

    March 12, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. JonathanL

    There is nothing stopping her from enjoying Christmas the way she wants to. No one ever stopped me. But in my famly we are not as wealthy since over the last 30 years we have been inflated out of it (our wealth) by Republican policy. As a result for example we have only a small fake, tree, and my brother and I can only afford to give each other $100.00. At least we get a chuckle out of that. Look, if there actually ever had been some 'trickle down', maybe, then maybe, I could celebrate Christmas like I used to. But where is it? It all trickled up. I am sure corporate officers and politicians can all do it up big time with live reindeer, a fake Santa, and all kinds of fancy feasts, hand carved creches, frankincense, and gifts to top it off. But don't tell me I have to blow tomorrow's meal on this junk. Joy to the 'wealthy'.

    March 12, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    what a maroon !

    March 12, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Rich Miller

    Does that mean she wants to ban Hanukkah?

    March 12, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. maine liberal

    we need a puritan christmas just as the first settlers "war on christmas"

    The Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were strict Puritans, with firm views on religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Scripture did not name any holiday except the Sabbath, they argued, and the very concept of "holy days" implied that some days were not holy. "They for whom all days are holy can have no holiday," was a common Puritan maxim. Puritans were particularly contemptuous of Christmas, nicknaming it "Foolstide" and banning their flock from any celebration of it throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. On the first Dec. 25 the settlers spent in Plymouth Colony, they worked in the fields as they would on any other day. The next year, a group of non-Puritan workmen caught celebrating Christmas with a game of "stoole-ball" — an early precursor of baseball — were punished by Gov. William Bradford. "My conscience cannot let you play while everybody else is out working," he told them.

    March 12, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    I have to give it to her – This waste-of-space, air, etc. is making an industry out of being stupid. Everytime she opens her yap people flock to her (whether you are repulsed or actually buy into her drivel).

    March 12, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    That's not really Santa.. It's Rush Limbaugh sneaking into town for CPAC.

    March 12, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    Truthfully, this is what gets me. Years ago, I worked with a number of employees (close friends of mine) who didn't celebrate holidays and couldn't stand the word Christmas. Okay, I respect that. When bonuses were passed out, they were called "Christmas bonuses" (1982). You should have seen them grabbing the money, without one single word of regret. When I asked them why they took the money, they said "oh well, I'm not going to put up a fight, I just believe what I believe and they believe what they believe.

    Another instance. A friend of mine was bought up in a Jehovah Witness household and each year her and her siblings wanted a tree and gifts and each year they were reminded by the parents that "they didn't celebrate Christmas". Now that all the children are grown and celebrate Christmas, the parents are all of a sudden not Jehovah Witnesses and can't wait to get their hands on the gifts. Again, unbelievable.

    I'll respect your right to not celebrate Christmas but repect my right to do so (even if the date is wrong). The joy and purpose of remembering Christ is not.

    March 12, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Jayaram

    Before Sarah Palin complains against political correctness, she should complain first about crass commercialization of Christmas. She couldn't do that because she want to make money hawing her book or may be she needs sponsors for her next reality show. What a shame, some people think that she is a legitimate leader.

    However, it is true, tv stations started to recognize Kwanza during the Christmas season to appeal to a section of African American community. But in my opinion most of them observe Christmas and go to church than follow Kwanza rituals. Also, it is true that "happy holidays" greetings is inappropriate since the majority Christians are celebrating the birth of Jesus. A better way to show that the society is secular is, just by recognizing the religious significance of festivals of minority religions. As significant as Christmas is, there are a number of other religions that have equally significant festivals. Just a mere mention of it in news, creates awareness about other religions and provides a better understanding.

    March 12, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. headlessthompsongunner

    They always need a boogy man don't they. Seculars and liberals have stolen Christmas. Maybe those "Christians" who have transformed them selves into bullies and political bull5hit artists during these last several years have to take some responsibility for our nation's lack traditional Christmas values too.

    March 12, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. sonny chapman

    Hey Sarah, try working on Keeping Christ In Christianity. The Christ I'm speaking of can be found in the Four Gospels. The underlying Message of the Four Gospels is to Love One Another As the Father Loves You.

    March 12, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Roger

    The villiage called. They lost their idiot. Oh wait ... there she is up in the photo.

    March 12, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Doug

    Yeah, nothing like spreading a little holiday cheer at Christmas, eh Sara ? Lets put the Christ back into Christmas and make it less secularized. It shouldn't be so much about the gift giving as the birth of Jesus.The secular junkies have made it way too commercialized. We need to renew family values by extoling traditional ideas at this blessed time of the year. Oh and by the way...My book comes out in November...just in time for Xmas !!!

    March 12, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. JerseyGeorge

    Her daughter gets pregnant out of wedlock and her son impregnates a girl out of wedlock. Hey Sarah, congratulations for teaching your children those traditional Christian family values.

    March 12, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. jack johnson

    If she checks the bible Christ was not born on Christmas!

    March 12, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. ILoveGeico

    She simply does not understand our history or our government.

    March 12, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Let's be civil

    Jesus never came into the picture until the Christians hijacked the pagan holiday. They are now relentless saying Christ is the whole reason we celebrate Christmas. Liars all. Why do we give any credibility to this Palin broad?

    March 12, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Fupped Duck

    The war on christmas continues. Obviously the Easter Bunny is a lost cause.

    March 12, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Sick of Palin

    I don't understand why this is news? Why is Sarah Palin important anymore? She's proven herself to be a pedantic, pontificating idiot who doesn't even know what she's ranting about most of the time. Hey Sarah, just go away. Go back home and stare at Russia from your back yard.

    March 12, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. rs

    Politicizing Christmas (or any other holiday) will backfire badly on the GOP. They can yammer all they want, but there is no "war on Christmas", and book's like Palin's won't advance their causes. It will just waste trees and paper.

    March 12, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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