Dinesh D'Souza at the 2013 Freedom Fest - Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore via Flickr (http://bit.ly/1kW6YAx)

Dinesh D’Souza wanted you to buy this Christmas tree

The end of the year is a great time to think back over all the American human race has accomplished. There will be no shortage of retrospectives across the Internet: Celebrity deaths, strangest letters to Dear Prudence, best Longform reads, top Christian songs. Tomorrow, I’ll share a retrospective of my own in the form of some of 2013’s top moments in religion. But I would be remiss to let the end of the year go by unnoticed without first pointing you to my favorite religious moment of the year: Dinesh D’Souza’s Christmas Tree Infomercial. D’Souza, former president of The King’s College who resigned after admitting he “did not have any idea that it is seen as wrong in Christian circles to be engaged prior to being divorced even though separated.” If we’re talking “best of,” I’m not sure I can choose my favorite moment of this video in which D’Souza, who doesn’t “endorse products…however, in this case, I wanted to talk about something…pretty incredible.”

The frequency of Google searches for "war on Christmas".  Data source: Google Correlate. Graph created by RNS.

Peace! Why you can expect a ceasefire on the ‘War on Christmas’ until Thanksgiving 2014

(RNS) 12:01 a.m. The annual winter siege known as the “War on Christmas” is over, for now. For the next 11 months, the holiday will be able to exist in peace. The new ceasefire is unlikely to be permanent, however. The war is expected to return by December 1, 2014, when slow news days and the need for donations will likely cause the fighting to resume. If next year plays out like days of old (okay, just since 2007), we should expect interest in the war to begin just as Thanksgiving ends and shopping for Christmas begins in earnest. According to data from Google Correlate, interest in the “War on Christmas” peaks at the same time we start putting up Christmas lights.