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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Putting Faith into Action!!!

'Merry Christmas' Billboards Prove Popular - U.S. - CBN News
By Charlene Israel
CBN News
December 23, 2008

Three Ohio women have launched a unique campaign urging people to say "Merry Christmas" more and "Happy Holidays" less. It's their attempt to keep Christ in Christmas.
Three women took a leap of faith and did something about it after they had grown tired of hearing the phrase "Happy Holidays."

"I don't know why it's politically incorrect to say 'Merry Christmas,'" said Joanne Brown. "I want to keep Christ in this. This is what it's all about. This is his birthday."

Last year, the three raised money to buy billboard space to convey the real reason for season. The messages read, 'It's OK to say Merry Christmas' and 'I miss hearing you say Merry Christmas.' Both billboards were signed by Jesus.

The idea caught on and donations poured in, allowing the women to post a total of four billboards last year.

"We prayed for one and we had hoped that we would get one billboard, and we actually ended up with the four," Brown explained.

This year, the three women have raised even more money, sponsoring ten red and white "Merry Christmas' billboards.

"[The] comments and the letters we've received have been extremely supportive," said Pat See. "The money that's come in has told us that a lot of people agree with the message."

The ladies hope to reach at least 135,000 people a day with the billboard.