It's OK, Wish Me A Merry Christmas(TM)
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Williamsburg, VA (PRWEB) November 26, 2008
The Wish Me A Merry Christmas Campaign is mobilizing advocates from Alaska to Florida energized for a return to the traditional, convivial Christmas greeting, bearing buttons that make a clear statement - "It's OK, Wish Me A Merry Christmas(TM)" (Christmas Button).
With over 120,000 buttons and car magnets in circulation across the country this Christmas season, 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 customers "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).
Said Campaign Manager, Ashley Tarter, "The Wish Me A Merry Christmas Campaign is giving the silent majority a new voice as it rallies Christmas shoppers on a cultural crusade to incite retailers to put Christmas back in the holidays. We are organizing the national community of those 96% of Americans celebrating Christmas to spread the merriment while they are out and about shopping for Christmas."
The national Wish Me A Merry Christmas Campaign is appealing to retailers to "put Christmas back in the holidays" with two straightforward petitions:
- To actively retract adverse corporate holiday wishing policies by returning to the traditional and explicit "Merry Christmas" phrase.
- To restore use of the symbols, language and sounds of Christmas in in-store displays, signage and music, as well as in November and December advertising.
From Alaska to Florida and into Canada individuals and churches have purchased hundreds of thousands of the red and green, "It's OK, Wish Me A Merry Christmas(TM)," ornament-like buttons to wear and share.
Miss Iowa 2004 and local Santa Clauses from across the nation are joining in the message. Says Carolyn Haugland, Miss Iowa 2004, "The real purpose of Christmas is to celebrate Christ's coming and we don't want to lose that in all the glitter of the season."
For more information, visit Wish Me A Merry Christmas Button - 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 Christmas Buttons.
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, Christmas Campaign).
Wish Me A Merry Christmas Campaign
PO Box 5398
Williamsburg, VA 23188
PHONE. 800-487-7137 ext. 709
PRESS RELEASE: Wish Me A Merry Christmas Campaign Crusades to Change Retail Culture - Silent Majority Gets New Voice at Christmas (Photo Available)
Media covering this story range from Focus on the Family with Dr. James Dobson, the Christian Broadcasting Network 700 Club, and KLOVE - the National Christian Radio Network to the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.), WAVY TV-10 (Norfolk, VA), WRVA AM 1140 (Clear Channel, Richmond, VA), WTRM (Winchester, VA) and WVEC Channel 13 (Virginia Beach, VA), Human Events Newspaper
SOURCE: Campaign for Christmas