The Sun: taking Christmas on tour

Posted by Tim Ireland at December 13, 2004

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

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May God Bless Rebekah WadeThe Sun continued it’s Save Our Christmas campaign on Saturday with a FREE (if haughtily branded) nativity poster and news of an attack on the age-old tradition of celebrating Christmas via the conspicuous consumption of electricity.

Vic Moszczynski’s 8ft Father Christmas sits among thousands of decorations illuminated by hundreds of lights and sings Jingle Bells and We Wish You A Merry Christmas, while ten snowmen sing Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. Sadly, an environmental health officer and a policeman are tried to silence these voices of hope.

The Knapps of Gotherington, Gloucs, fared little better with their simple string of lights when an anonymous neighbour (obviously a leftist) dropped a letter through their door that said: “Your dull, ugly front garden fails to reflect our village image.”

Well, the problem there is obvious. They need more expensive lights. And some mirrors.

Today, coverage slips off the front page, but there’s news of another light display under attack and the wider campaign continues as they take the nativity on the road. Rock and roll!

The Sun – The Nativity on tour: The Sun has hit back at politically correct meanies – by defiantly taking the famous Christmas Story out on to the streets. Our mobile Nativity scene bought seasonal joy to hundreds of Christmas shoppers and tourists across London. It was the latest move in the Save Our Christmas campaign against meddling jobsworths who want to kill off festive traditions. The tableau recounting the story of the birth of Christ was mounted on the back of a lorry – which made its first stop yards from the Houses of Parliament. Onlookers burst into applause as The Sun’s Three Wise Men paid tribute to a newborn baby Jesus.

Such defiance! These days, you can get arrested for promoting the nativity.
Such resourcefulness! Who knew there were three wise men working for The Sun?
Such sensitivity! If you look carefully at the pictures, you’ll note that they’ve been careful not to grace Baby Jesus with a Sun name-badge.
Such a response! Hooray for spontaneous celebrations and demonstrations.

This tour ties in closely with the very origin of Christmas, when Mary was transported to Bethlehem on the back of a donkey, only to be turned away at the inn. Mary gave birth right there in reception as the three wise men arrived, and the decision was made to prepare their camels and her donkey by strapping a platform onto their backs, get on board, and take their joyous news from town to town. To enjoy the many spontaneous celebrations, obviously.

In doing so they developed world’s first flat-bed truck over 1,500 years before Leonardo da Vinci claimed to have ‘invented’ it. A glorious achievement, even if the whole set-up was – in every sense of the word – decidedly unstable.

UPDATE – Scotland has obviously been overrun by loony lefties….

Scotland on Sunday – So this is Christmas?:The signs of a new awakening to the spiritual meaning of Christmas are emerging. Last week, The Sun, Britain’s most popular red-top newspaper, launched its own campaign to save Christmas. It didn’t have to look too hard for the forces of politically-correct, joy-killing darkness.

Sunday Herald – Campaigns to put the Christ back into Christmas are misguided: what we need is a shorter, saner Yuletide: It is not only in America that cudgels have been taken up against those who would take Christ out of Christmas. Our own dear Sun newspaper has launched a campaign to save Christmas. We can rest easy, knowing that the baby Jesus is safe in the hands of Rupert Murdoch. We had vaguely imagined old redtop Rupe as something of a Herod figure, but he now stands revealed as the fourth wise man.

(Image posted to B3ta.)


  1. Wolf Solent says

    I notice that they apparently couldn’t rustle up a virgin from the Sun staff. Although I have my suspicions about some of the hacks on the sports desk…

  2. Inquisitor says

    The Guardian’s Media Monkey diary has an excellent little comment today (free subscription required), sarcastically pointing out that the Sun’s own Christmas cards “contain the traditional Christian message: ‘Season’s greetings'”. Hah!

  3. Manic says

    Ahahahahahahahahahaha!Congratulations. You’ve just sold one copy of The Guardian. Now, if only I could get my hands on one of the actual cards….

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