The Merry Christmas Billboard Ladies are back for another yuletide go ‘round with retailers who refuse to use the words, “Merry Christmas” in their advertising and/or prohibit their employees from uttering the phrase while servicing customers.
Judi Hanna, Linda Bennett, Joanne Brown, and Pat See from warm and wonderful northeast Ohio are pressing on with their crusade to decorate our highways and byways with billboards that attempt to put Christ back into the Saturnalian festival that has become Christmas.
These ladies are as mad as heck, and aren’t going to put up with the snubbing of the birth of the Little Baby Jeebus.
As Ms. Bennett so eloquently puts it:
“It’s not a secular holiday... as Christians we have a calling to follow God’s example ... he gave us his son. We need to take the Gospel message and help those less fortunate…The billboards remind people what Christmas is really about ... the gifts are secondary,”
If you go to this group’s Home Page, merrychristmasbb.com you will see that they are indeed more concerned with celebrating the birth of Christ than participating in the commercial orgy that is Christmas:
Retailers would prefer to offend 78% of Americans who consider themselves Christian by taking Christ out of Christmas. They prohibit their retail employees from saying Merry Christmas, or from displaying anything referring to "Christmas".
The same retailers want business from Christian customers, and rely on Christian customers for the vast bulk of their business during the Christmas season.
This same seventy-eight percent of Americans account for a 37% increase in clothing sales, a 137% increase in jewlery sales, and a 46% increase in electronic sales in November and December. Without Christmas, retailer's bottom line would be devistated.
See the connec--…Hey, wait a minute…Are these chicks attempting to put Christ first during this time by threatening to “devistate” the bottom lines of retailers selling jeans, “jewlery”, and iPods who don’t say, “Merry Christmas?”
To me, that logic is non sequitur. In fact, if I were Mr. Spock, smoke would be coming out of my big Vulcan ears right now.
The ladies threatening to take food out of the mouths of merchants and their sweet little children, is not very Christ-like. It is a mockery before the eyes of our Lord and Savior, Jeebus Christ, and for that, Jeebus hates them.
In fact, his hate for these women is equaled only by their inability to spell the words, “jewelry” (the way they spell it sounds anti-Semitic, hmmm?) and “devastated”.
Okay…Okay…Jeebus doesn’t hate, but he is no way thrilled with this brood of boneheads.
Jeebus, doesn’t want people wishing him a Happy Birthday. While he would probably appreciate the brotherhood and harmony that takes place at this time of year, he would be appalled by the commercialism and boycotts that are initiated in his name.
Most importantly, I for one, know that Jeebus would prefer to see “jewlery” sales drop 137%. He is not a big fan of “jewlery”. The Romans giving him a thorny tiara and piercing his hands and feet, kind of turned him off to such baubles.
Like it or not, Christmas has for many Americans become a secular holiday, and these ladies through their implied boycott are willing participants.
Christmas for all that it has become is still a great time of year.
Whether one says, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, or Merry Christmas, Good will is still shown… Good times are still had…Good works are still done.
And, that’s just fine by me.