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Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be releasing a new book in November defending Christmas, called A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas, in which the former Alaska governor will tackle the "over-commercialism" and "homogenization" of the holiday.
"Amidst the fragility of this politically correct era, it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs before the element of faith in a glorious and traditional holiday like Christmas is marginalized and ignored," Palin said in a statement.
"This will be a fun, festive, thought provoking book, which will encourage all to see what is possible when we unite in defense of our faith and ignore the politically correct Scrooges who would rather take Christ out of Christmas."
Palin, who until recently worked as a contributor for Fox News, is releasing A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas through book publisher HarperCollins, though The Associated Press noted that financial terms for the book were not yet disclosed.
The former VP candidate, who campaigned alongside GOP frontrunner John McCain against President Barack Obama in 2008, has also released Going Rogue and America by Heart through the publisher.
The new book is set to "share personal memories and traditions from [Palin's] own Christmases and illustrate the reasons why the celebration of Jesus Christ's nativity is the centerpiece of her faith." The former Alaska governor will also advocate for keeping the religious meaning behind Christmas in all sorts of public displays, school concerts and pageants.
Palin has often been vocal about her faith, and recently spoke to Christian students at the Southeastern University's 2013 National Leadership Forum last week, where she encouraged them to influence American culture.
"Today, look around, and don't you wonder sometimes if, as a nation, we have forgotten God altogether? This is a crucial question," Palin asked during the event.
Many have been critical of Palin's often controversial comments about politics and religion. Earlier in March, she was made the subject of a billboard campaign in Texas by American Atheists, one of the largest organizations for nonbelievers in the country.
The billboard, however, misquoted her as saying, "We should create law based on the God of the Bible," when the former Alaskan governor actually said, in reference to America's founding fathers, "We would create law based on the God of the Bible" in an interview with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.
American Atheists later apologized for the misquote in the billboard, but insisted that the meaning was correct all along.