Over morning coffee, five friends inspire “Merry Christmas” billboards

What on Earth could five Christian ladies do to stem the tide of "political correctness" stifling "Merry Christmas"?

BY: Rob Kerby


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they’re at it again. With donations from friends, the five paid for seven billboards around Youngstown with the messages: “I miss hearing you say Merry Christmas” and “It’s OK to say Merry Christmas” — again signed “Jesus.”

Three of the ladies and one of their billboards

“The friends, all Christians, think it’s important to send a simple but potent message with the wish of Merry Christmas,” writes Linda M. Linonis of the Youngstown News. ”They’re back in a bigger way than their initial foray. Their grassroots effort has gained momentum.”

They are delighted that they have copycats nationwide — folks with the same idea and message. That’s what drives the quintet, Brown explained on nationwide TV shows — that almost 150 years ago, President Ulysses S. Grant signed legislation making Dec. 25, “commonly known as Christmas Day,” an official federal holiday.

Another sign in Virginia

The ladies point out that Congress didn’t make it some undefined “happy holiday.”No, it was proudly proclaimed “Christmas.”

“’Holiday’ isn’t interchangeable with ‘Christmas,’” Brown said. “It’s Christmas tree, Christmas cookies, Christmas carols. If Christ were here, what would we say to

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