MARSHFIELD (CBS) – Christmas is less than a week away. And a group of Marshfield residents want everyone to know that, despite recent holiday controversy in town, they’re in the spirit.
Supporters held homemade signs that said “Merry Christmas” to passing drivers, many who honked as they drove on Route 139 in Marshfield on Saturday morning.READ MORE: Service Dog Stolen From New Hampshire Walmart, Police Say
The demonstrators were showing their Christmas support after recent decisions stirred up controversy in the town.
First the Marshfield School Committee voted to keep the title of the district’s vacation as holiday break, taking out the word Christmas.
Next, a group of Department of Public Works employees put an electronic sign in a friend’s yard on the main road through town that read “Merry Christmas.”READ MORE: Luis Santiago Charged In Dorchester Hit And Run That Left 11-Year-Old Francis Nedwell Seriously Hurt
Officials asked for the sign to be removed, saying the town did not object to the message, but added that the sign had to meet certain guidelines.
But on Saturday, one local bus driver said she came out to hold her Christmas sign because the town is sending the wrong message.
“This is America the last time I looked,” the woman told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe. “We were founded on Christianity and it seems to me like Christianity is starting to be wiped out. It’s the melting pot. Melt and merge.”
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