12/05/2008 – For Immediate Release
Williamsburg, VA/ December 5, 2008
Over 120,000 shoppers are wearing buttons this Christmas season that proclaim a straightforward message to retailers: "It's OK, Wish Me A Merry Christmas™." Individuals and churches around the country are partnering with the Wish Me A Merry Christmas Campaign mobilizing advocates energized for a return to the traditional, convivial greeting, bearing buttons that make a clear statement - "It's OK, Wish Me A Merry Christmas(TM) (http://www.wmamc.com)". Over 120,000 of these buttons have been distributed nationally.
With over 120,000 buttons on the streets and in stores this year, local store associates are likely to be presented with the opportunity to deviate from the corporate holiday wishing policy of top retailers like the Gap and Best Buy, and stealthily wish their customer "Merry Christmas" instead of the generic "Happy Holidays". But since 96% of Americans celebrate Christmas (Gallup Poll, 2004), it's likely that the store cashiers would prefer to wish their customers "Merry Christmas" as well. In fact 88% of Americans state that "It's okay to wish 'Merry Christmas'." (Gallup Poll).
Pastors across the country have lined up to support the Campaign. "For centuries the passing of a Christmas greeting has been embraced by those who believe and those who don't. It is only in our hyper-sensitive politically correct culture that this has become an issue. If someone from another faith were to greet me with their holiday greeting, I would politely smile and thank them. To me that would be a true example of civility and open-mindedness." Says Pastor Randall Warden of Maple Valley Baptist Church in Mount Hope, WV.
Near Los Angeles, Pastor Edward Blonski of Redeemer Lutheran Church says, "The members of Redeemer Lutheran are joyfully partnering with the Wish Me a Merry Christmas Campaign in order to let everyone we meet know that this is a wonderful time of year. This is the time of year that we know of God's love in special, meaningful and memorable ways - through gift giving, music, and celebrations."
Even Santa himself humbly gives credit where credit is due, "Christmas is not just about Santa and presents. Christmas is about the baby Jesus."
Tee Vozella of the Catholic Daughters in Patterson, NY sees the spirit of the Campaign, "We don't want to just say 'Happy Holidays.' It's about Christ being born. We want to wish people 'Merry Christmas' and be wished 'Merry Christmas'. Christmas isn't about the gifts or toys. All of those things are great, but Christmas is about Christ's birth."
Said Campaign Manager, Ashley Tarter, "National retailers will hearken the public's message that it is okay to wish, 'Merry Christmas,' once again. In the meanwhile local communities are being impacted by the message of the Campaign."
The national Wish Me A Merry Christmas Campaign is appealing to retailers to "put Christmas back in the holidays" with two straightforward petitions:
From Florida to Alaska and into Canada individuals and churches have purchased hundreds of thousands of the red and green, "It's OK, Wish Me A Merry Christmas," ornament-like buttons to wear and share.
For more information, visit http://www.wmamc.com - the first letters in Wish Me A Merry Christmas, or contact Media Relations at 800-487-7137, option 4. Merry Christmas!
* Gallup Poll 2004, PDFs available at http://wmamc.com/millionbuttongoal/media.html
MEDIA: For further information, contact Ashley Tarter at 800-487-7137 ext. 709. Additional research content available via the MEDIA link at the Wish Me a Merry Christmas Campaign site, http://www.wmamc.com).
For a list of cities where the "It's OK Wish Me A Merry Christmas" buttons have been distributed, please see:
Wish Me A Merry Christmas Campaign
PO Box 5398
Williamsburg, VA 23188
PHONE. 800-487-7137 ext. 709
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SOURCE: Campaign for Christmas