Bureaucrats decide Congressmen cannot write “Merry Christmas” in official mail

Bah, humbug, say the anonymous rulemakers -- who have ruled that generic holiday greetings are OK, but not any mention of the dreaded word "Christmas"

BY: Rob Kerby


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holiday season,” but that greetings such as “Merry Christmas” were banned.

George and Laura Bush's 2007 Christmas card

Of particular irritation to Rahall is that Senators may use the traditional “Merry Christmas” greeting.

Rahall also is a co-sponsor of a House resolution that recognizes the importance of the symbols and traditions of Christmas and that strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas.

“An American Christmas celebrates the simple majesty of the Christ child’s birth with humble candlelight church services full of song, gratitude and celebration, reflecting long held values and the faith of our fathers,” said Rahall. “although in recent years, this treasured holiday’s place among our Nation’s celebrations has been shaken.

“Attempts to dilute the true meaning of Christmas, this significant holiday in our Christian heritage, crop up every so often. How often have we seen efforts even to replace time-honored greetings like, ‘Merry Christmas’ with generic phrases such as ‘Happy Holidays’ and the sort. I want to add a personal ‘humbug’ to that wrong-spirited

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