SayMerryChristmas.Net is fanning the flames of the fabled War on Christmas by promoting a new song via YouTube that encourages Christians to walk of out of stores that don’t greet people with the words “Merry Christmas”. Claiming credit for everything from Santa Claus to Christmas trees, the song warns “If you don’t see Merry Christmas in the window you walk right past that door”. The song takes a heavy hand promoting “Baby Jesus…as the one and only reason that we celebrate the season…”
“It is a shame that some feel compelled to fight back against the political battles involving Christmas by taking such a militant stand,” said Jeff Westover of My Merry Christmas.com, the world’s largest Christmas community online. “The message of Christmas upon the birth of Christ was peace on earth and good will to all men. This is hardly good will and I don’t think it is in the Spirit of Christ or Christmas to promote it like this. It divides people. The truth of the matter is that Christmas isn’t just sacred and it isn’t just secular. It is both. Movements like this one play on the emotions of people who get caught up in the disputes of Christmas in schools or court houses. They’re taking that fight into the marketplace and it is a marketplace reality that many people celebrate Christmas for other than religious reasons or they celebrate around the Christmas season but celebrate some other holiday. Merry Christmas is fine but so too is Happy Holidays. These guys are saying ‘Say Merry Christmas, or else!’. And that’s just wrong.”
The website saymerrychristmas.net does not indicate a sponsoring organization. The domain name is masked to prevent owneship from being revealed. “That’s really a concern,” Westover said. “To me, it looks like someone is just trying to capitalize on the emotions of those frustrated with the political debates of Christmas and they are making merchasdise of them by promoting a song and a slogan through the sales of CDs, bumper stickers, and t-shirts while hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet.”
DefendChristmas.com deplores such activity, whether it comes from the like of the American Family Association, who isn’t afraid to put their name behind their efforts to sell the “Say Merry Christmas” movement, or from an anonymous merchandiser like SayMerryChristmas.net. This is what makes some believe there is an actual war on Christmas. While there are some retailers or entities that do not use the term “Merry Christmas” in their advertising or business campaigns is that a reason to call them out? Does their lack of “Merry Christmas” or use of “Happy Holidays” indeed make them anti-Christmas?
DefendChristmas.com believes it is a big world with diverse views, even or especially when it comes to things like Christmas. If ever there was a topic that deserved tolerance and patience from all sides it is Christmas. The “fight” for Christmas belongs in the public discourse about those areas we share. We share the sentiment that the treatment of Christmas has grown to absurd levels in places like schools and court houses where a Christmas tree has to be called a holiday tree. But at the same time, this “Say Merry Christmas” assault on retailers is equally offensive, arrogant and divisive.