How a false chain email enlisted a writer in the ‘War on Christmas’

The so-called “War on Christmas” has been raging for years now, but so rarely do we hear about the casualties. At Backchannel, tech journalist Steven Levy explains how he was drafted against his will.

“I want to personally thank you for having the courage to share this with the world.”

At the end of every year, Levy explains, he begins receiving a trickle of emails that begin something like this: “Mr. Levy: I want to personally thank you for having the courage to share this with the world.”

What the letters refer to, it seems, is a chain email called “My Confession,” sourced to Levy. The email rants against the Obama White House for using the term “holiday tree” (a false assertion, apparently) and, more broadly, claims the Founding…

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