I did a bit of shopping yesterday and was enjoying seeing some new merchandise coming in the stores for Christmas. The outdoor mall I was in has a Hallmark Store so I thought I’d pop in there and see what they have for this Christmas season.
Being a Peanuts fan, I was happy to see an entire line of character dolls with the “Press Here” stickers on their feet, so obviously they say or sing something and I thought I’d find out what. I picked up Linus first and pressed his foot. I was pleasantly surprised to hear him reciting his speech about what Christmas was all about. Until I realized he left out something. That something was “Christ the Lord”.
Then I saw a sound book entitled “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and picked that up, pressed some sound buttons and leafed through it. Surprise, a page seemed to be missing. There was a description of Linus coming to the stage and speaking on one page and, turning the page, a description about Charlie Brown deciding that he knew the true meaning of Christmas, however no speech by Linus, no biblical quote, and no mention of “Christ the Lord”.
Is this an attempt by Hallmark to be politically correct in order to please those customers who might be “offended” at something that mentions that Jesus at Christmas? I think so. Your thoughts.