The War on Christmas, Act I

I don’t usually gush over Stephen Colbert.

For one thing, everyone else does.

For another, I can’t stay up late enough to watch his show.

But, yeah, he’s pretty funny.

You know that the War on Christmas has become a cultural thing when Colbert does an entire DVD on Christmas and much of it mocks the War on Christmas.

He says: “Christmas is rapidly approaching and enemies of the season are everywhere.”

You can see several videos on his website.

But here’s one, where Jon Stewart the Jew tries to influence Colbert the Christian to take an interest in Hanukkah:

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Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.