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The war on Christmas is real. At least, our president thinks so. “They don’t use the word ‘Christmas’ because it’s not politically correct,” Donald Trump said at a recent evangelical conference. “Well, guess what? We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.” (We never stopped, but okay.)

It appears the latest bid to protect Christmas isn’t unlike Trump’s plan to protect America: Build a wall around it. That’s what’s happening at London’s Euston station, where a Christmas tree cast in golden baubles is surrounded by a hideous blue barrier that’s nearly as tall as the tree itself. Maybe it’s there to prevent harried commuters from crashing into it with their bags, or maybe it’s there to keep kids from meddling with the four or five cameras no doubt tucked inside those decorations.


Yep, no abominable cries of of “happy holidays” are gonna get past that thing. Many took to Twitter to share their appreciation of this inspired (and very safe) bit of yuletide finery, which is perhaps just another example in our culture of how divisiveness and creeping paranoia continue to build distance and barriers between whatever it was we once considered untainted innocence.

Some believe, however, that the barrier may be for our sake and not the trees. Who else remembers that Doctor Who episode?


Anyways, merry Christmas everyone. Don’t forget to have your presents scoured by the TSA before opening them.


Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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