Politically Correct Holiday Season?

By Mike Trim

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 13, 2005 at 11:41 AM EDT

In the village of Delhi, there's a debate over what proper holiday greeting should be used.
Some businesses are trying to please all by placing Happy Holidays decorations in their windows.
But the Delhi Clergy Association is passing out buttons to show what they think is the real reason for the season.
The buttons say "It's OK to wish me a Merry Christmas".
"Keep a little bit more of the Christmas season alive, somewhat in the response to the happy holidays nowadays," says Pastor Jeffrey Staples of the First Baptist Church.
The Clergy Association passed out one thousand of the buttons to 10 local churches The congregations from those churches snatched up all the buttons in a matter of days.
One member of First Baptist Church in Delhi even gave hers away to spread the message that it's OK to say Merry Christmas.
"The cashier looked at the button and read it and she asked me if I could have one. So I took it off my coat and gave it to her and she put it right on," says Linda McHugh of Delhi.
Some people might disagree with the Clergy Association, saying the holiday season includes all celebrations like Kwanza and Hanukkah. But Pastor Staples says the Christmas buttons aren't meant to conflict with anyone's beliefs.
"The spirit of the season is not to be in conflict, as Christ came to bring peace to earth, goodwill to men. This kind of represents that goodwill toward men," says Staples.
The buttons can be seen up and down Main Street, wore by some who were outspoken about what they believe.
"On the basis of what Christmas was started with, it should never be taken away. And I refuse to say happy holidays," says Sophie Macintyre of Delhi.
The Clergy Association says it's putting in another order for more buttons.
It's all an effort to spread holiday cheer, while giving the OK to wish someone a Merry Christmas.
The Delhi Clergy Association bought the buttons with donations from its Community Thanksgiving dinner.
It spent 250 dollars for the first batch of one thousand buttons.

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