Monday, December 15, 2008

Ohio Christians keeping 'Christ' in Christmas

Two women from Ohio are spearheading a billboard campaign that encourages people to say "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays."

Last year, Joanne Brown and her friend, Linda Bennett, noticed that employees at many retail stores did not say "Merry Christmas." The pair, part of a group called the Merry Christmas Billboard Ladies, raised money to put up billboards encouraging people to say "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays."

This year, Brown and Bennett are raising money to place billboards that say "I miss hearing you say Merry Christmas" and "It's OK to say Merry Christmas." Both billboards are signed "Jesus."

During an interview on the Fox News Network, Bennett said the campaign is one way to combat America's rampant political correctness. "We were just trying to see how [we would] feel if it was our birthday and people started saying 'happy holiday' instead of 'happy birthday,'" she explains. "We feel that Jesus wants to be honored with Merry Christmas."

So far, ten of the billboards have been erected in Ohio. Brown and Bennett have received interest in similar campaigns from people in other states.

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