Some folks in Orangevale, Calif., want to save "Merry Christmas." They find it "thoughtless, condescending and hurtful" when "non-celebratory phases" [sic] such as "Seasons Greetings" and "Happy Holidays" are substituted in retail advertising for the familiar Old English greeting.
They want "to preserve the culture and tradition of the vast majority of Americans that celebrate and honor Christmas." And this year, according to a note on their website, www.savemerrychristmas.org, most of all they want Sears to "reintroduce promoting Christmas in their advertising." Oh, by golly, what more could you want for Christmas?
I've been watching this year's so-called Christmas War with no little bemusement.
The Save Merry Christmas people; the American Family Association; Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, with his Christmas Under Siege; Jerry Falwell with his Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign; and others who have likewise saddled up their war stallions are charging forth with a battle cry that sounds like "Commercialize Christmas, or else!"