You may have noticed in recent years that politicians, church leaders and newspapers have been outraged at the various attempts made by local authorities to ban Christmas. Although I seem to have celebrated it as usual for 29 years now, I seem to be one of the lucky ones. Others have been banned from putting up decorations in town centres and even from saying the word Christmas in their offices – whilst their children no longer get to act out the traditional nativity in school. Of course, it is all the fault of the PC brigade, because banning Christmas is just another example of political correctness gone mad. If it’s not the PC brigade, then it is definitely the fault of Muslims, coming over here and demanding that we burn our decorations because they are really, really offending by tinsel don’t you know.
This essay is not an attempt to debunk every Christmas-has-been-banned story, that is a job for another day. No, this essay is a thorough examination of the Winterval myth, which you may have read about on numerous occasions thanks to the fact that our wonderful media have repeated it over 283 times since 1998. This essay will take you back to 1997 and the man who created Winterval. It will explain what Winterval actually was and how it was never about replacing Christmas in any way – which explains why the first Winterval in 1997 was such a great success. The Winterval myth was created by a Bishop and repeated by a local newspaper, this essay will look at that article and examine just how such a terrible piece of journalism could be published – and how on earth could 8 newspapers churnalise it the next day.
It is a tale of bad journalism that will take you from those early days in 1998 when the media saw it as an humorous example of PC gone mad, to the recent years when Winterval became a much darker tale of how Christianity was being systematically destroyed to appease threatening Muslims. You will see how many famous names – from David Cameron to the Pope – sustained the myth for 12 years and how it might yet make it 13.
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