Daily Express 'Mass Migration' Threat To 'British' Christmas Warning Is Lampooned On Twitter

So we're ignoring the German, Roman and Israeli roots, are we?

12/09/2016 13:13

As Autumn begins, newspapers have turned their attention to Christmas. Not in the warm, present-giving, snow-topped-roofs fashion, but instead to warn of its impending demise at the hands of political correctness and immigrants

First there was the Sunday Telegraph, which carried a warning that Christmas was “under threat” given the “waves of immigration [that] have rapidly changed the character of some state schools”. 

Its preview of a government report claimed “these issues must be tackled head on, rather than swept under the carpet by politically correct council officials”.

Sunday Telegraph
The Sunday's Telegraph's front page

Not to be outdone, the Express followed suit a day later with a front page headline detailing how “mass migration” was set to “kill off” core British traditions - such as Christmas. 

It carried a quote inside from the government’s immigration tsar, who blasted a council official for putting up a “festive tree” instead of a Christmas tree last winter.

Daily Express
The front page of Monday's Daily Express

But the description by both papers of Christmas and all its festive trimmings as a “British tradition” might not be entirely accurate.

The BBC’s Philip Sim pointed out that the Christmas tree itself has origins in Germany, and that Christianity itself was born out of the Middle East.

Other social media users pointed to the wintry festival having other international roots - including Roman and Israeli. 

SNP MSP James Dornan also questioned how the impact of immigration into Britain would affect Christmas celebrations.

While self-described “migrant” Christian said the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth was “too international” to be claimed by one country to be its own tradition.

But by some newspaper’s logic, this could be a centuries-old headline.

Leaving one user with only a single conclusion:

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