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When did corporate America be come responsible for my Christmas cheer?
Newspapers around the country, though, are full of stories about disgruntled Christians insisting that their Christmas is spoiled because cashiers don't say "Merry Christmas" anymore. They're also grumbling that store ads have dropped "Merry Christmas," trumpeting "Happy Holidays" and "Season's Greetings" instead.
A California group is boycotting Macy's and its corporate parent, Federated Department Stores, accusing them of banning "Merry Christmas" signs, even though the companies insist they have no such ban.
In Raleigh, N.C., a church pledging to keep "Christ in Christmas" paid $7,000 that could have clothed the poor and fed the homeless to place a full-page ad in the Nov. 24 issue of The News and Observer newspaper.
If we really want to go after what corporate America has done to Christmas, shouldn't we stop buying all these -- dare I say it? -- things?
If what we long for is the Christmas of yore, shouldn't we return to the days of baked goods tied up with bows and presents no larger than stockings hung by the chimney with care? Threatening to withhold our Visa or MasterCard only until they say what we want them to say doesn't strike me as getting us any closer to the manger.
The whole essay is great. Read it if you have the time. Then tell Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and the rest of those "Christmas is under attack!" nutlogs to go to hell.
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