Merry Christmas

November 28, 2009

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We got our daughter’s picture taken with Santa yesterday.  (It’s actually a pretty good day to do this, because everyone else at the mall is busy pushing and shoving other shoppers).  We asked if “Merry Christmas” could be printed on the border.  The lady told us they couldn’t do that, because of “the law”.

I have friends who practice quite a variety of religions.  If some people want to say “Happy Holidays”, I really won’t take offense.  There is not, however, any law that forbids a private company from printing the phrase “Merry Christmas” (or, for that matter, “Happy Ramadan”) on a product.  If there was, the legal department at Hallmark would be very, very nervous, since they sell a lot of greeting cards that contain this phrase.

And to take the argument to the next level … note that these weren’t some sort of generic holiday photos.  They are photos with Santa Claus.  Santa is tied very firmly to Christmas.

One Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Squeaky
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 10:00:34

    You hit a hot button for me. Every year when we look at Christmas cards we only shop for ones that contain the phrase Merry Christmas. Not Happy Holidays, not Merry Xmas, etc.

    A couple of years ago I was shopping for a gift card to give as a CHRISTMAS present. Surprise! Lowes had no Merry Christmas gift cards. I left and bought one somewhere else. I think I’ll check out Lowes this year to see if they’ve included Christmas with Hannukah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, etc. If they haven’t, I’ll continue to shop Home Depot.

    Next time, if they won’t print Merry Christmas, take your own pix and leave. What a bunch of BS.

    Merry Christmas Kosmo!



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