My Take - It's OK to say Merry Christmas

Don't you love this time of year- the parades, the concerts, the parties, the shopping and of course giving to those we love.

First, I hope you will spend the majority of your money locally. When you shop online or from a catalog, you are taking money away from our community. Shopping local is critical to your local store's profits, many of which are owned or operated by your friends and neighbors.  They also employ many local folks whose job depends on those local profits.  If you're like me you've received more catalogs than ever before. But you might notice most will only wish you a "Happy Holiday." Why do they seem to forget the reason for the season.  Our goodness sake it's Christmas! I got one for last minute "holiday shopping, holiday baking, holiday decorating, holiday entertaining", it's crazy. Do these large companies realize that by trying …so hard….. not to offend anyone, they are offending more than 90 percent of us who celebrate Christmas? Who do they think are more likely to buy their "Christmas presents" than those of us who celebrate Christmas? So we say it's okay to say "Merry Christmas", and shop locally.

I'm Dave Thomason, that's my take, what's yours?

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