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

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“As Christians, we were offended,” the five told the morning news shows.

Over coffee, Joanne Brown, Linda Bennett, Judi Hanna, Laurie Kramer and Pat See, all of the Youngstown, Ohio, area — lamented Americans’ increasingly “politically correct” pressure to mumble “Happy Holidays” rather than risk offending someone by saying “Merry Christmas.”

Three of the ladies and one of their billboards

What could they do about it? They came up with the idea of billboards. Within weeks, they had raised enough money for two billboards reading, “I miss hearing you say Merry Christmas” and “Why have you stopped saying Merry Christmas?” Both were signed, “Jesus.”

The next year, they raised enough money for four billboards. Now

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pearl may

    god bless you all for not forgetting jesus.,and keeping our christian faith out in front of every one we need many more like you in every state every where .i always say MERRY CHRISTMAS i am not afraid .i am very proud of being a christian and a AMERICAN .i am so richly blessed.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Maria

    Thanks speaking up, with out Jesus there wouldnt be a Christmas. If you dont believe in Jesus you have no reason to celebrate Christmas

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment John

    I am of the opinion that Jesus wasn’t self absorbed enough to ever make a statement like this. He tried to show people the way to heaven. I don’t believe that he would be condescending toward others. The only example I can think of that shows that he may have some small amount of an ego was by rights accurate: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” from John 14:6

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Richard Tesi

    Praise God for the idea you wonderful ladies are using to spread Jesus’ name.

    Merry CHRISTmas,

    Richard Tesi
    Fresno, Ca.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Joe

    It’s ok to say “Merry Christmas”

    It’s also OK to say “Happy Holidays” … which I will continue to say to respect the beliefs of others who do not celebrate Christmas at this time of year, such as the many Jewish residents where I live, the many Muslims where I live, Sikhs, Hindus, etc.

    Happy Holidays.

    - Joe

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