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'Merry Christmas' is back!


From the News Team…

America cheers “Merry Christmas,” not “Happy Holidays.”

I noted “Merry Christmas” in front of Rose’s Restaurant yesterday. I noted the same on TV shows last week. Last night’s local news kept hyping the lighting of Portland, Maine’s “Christmas tree” in Monument Square.

When in Truro, Nova Scotia last week, I was delighted to see a huge manger scene configured in the Emporium’s large front display window.

“Happy holiday” won’t cut it. All that does is up the cash register cling and drunk the drinkers. Happy happy happy holidays holidays holidays. Even the more you repeat it, it does absolutely nothing in comparison to “Merry Christmas.”

“A new survey found that 67 percent of American adults prefer the holiday-specific greeting (that is, ‘Merry Christmas’) in seasonal advertising, while only 26 percent want to see ‘Happy Holidays.’

“There wasn’t a gender gap in the answers: Both men and women like seeing ‘Merry Christmas’ in store windows, according to Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, an independent polling company.

“But from a political perspective, there was a sleighful of difference: 88 percent of Republicans wanted to see ‘Merry Christmas,’ while just 57 percent of Democrats favored it.”

“In 2005, Target stores ditched the use of the word ‘Christmas’ in promotional materials, but the retailer decided to resume using it after immense public pressure.

“Also in 2005, Wal-Mart prohibited its employees from wishing customers ‘Merry Christmas,’ opting instead for ‘Happy Holidays.’ That decision was protested by religious groups, among them the Catholic League, which boycotted the retail giant. Wal-Mart announced during the 2006 holiday season that it would return to using the words ‘Merry Christmas.'”

It may sound worn but the forever truth is very much there — “the Reason for the Season: Jesus.”

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