At the Connecticut Post,the issue of the “Merry Christmas” banner has been our annual topic of discussion. Readers seem to expect it, but we wonder that if we acknowledge Christmas in such a way, what about other holidays that don’t merit an omniscient greeting from the editors?
“It’s not our job to tell people it’s Christmas,” some editors grumble. At least the New York Times connects it to a cause when their banner reads “Today is Christmas, Remember the Neediest.”
This year we’re doing a banner. I designed a simple “Merry Christmas” in a our standard skybox face, with a sprig of clipart holly poking out from the flag. Most of our readers celebrate Christmas, and they will be pleased to the extent that they actually notice it on such a busy day.
I won’t ask anyone at the Courant what they’re doing. I’d rather be surprised on Christmas.
Oh — and I check last year’s Christmas Page 1, and we did indeed do the banner, the sentimental folk that we are… I don’t even remember doing it.