December 19, 2014 8:00 pm -

The Department of Public Works was told by the Marshfield, MA building commission that the sign was too large.

[su_center_ad]Workers have removed a flashing road sign with a message of Merry Christmas – first from public property and then from private land – at the request of town officials.

[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]In an effort to spread some holiday cheer, Steve Barber, a public works employee and chairman of the local union, said his department last week put a flashing road sign used for construction at an intersection on Route 139. The sign read “Merry Christmas to all. In God we trust.”

The sign was removed the same day at the request of officials who didn’t want the construction sign paid for by the town used for that purpose.

Barber said Highway Safety Systems in Hanover then offered the department a sign free of charge, which employees then placed on private land on Plain Street. The sign read “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” from the Marshfield DPW Local 1700.

“We were told it couldn’t say Marshfield DPW, so we ended up changing it, and then we had it taken away,” Barber said. “It was totally innocent. We see other towns all decked out and we just wanted to wish holiday cheer.”

Barber said the sign had nothing to do with the recent controversy over the school committee’s decision to change “Christmas vacation” to “holiday break” on the school calendar.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

19 responses to ‘Merry Christmas’ Removed From Roadside After Complaint

  1. tracey marie December 19th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Then you should have said holiday cheer, happy holidays not christ


  2. Anomaly 100 December 19th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    • tracey marie December 19th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      happy holidays to you. Merry Christmas

      • Anomaly 100 December 19th, 2014 at 8:39 pm

        Gesundheit and happy festivus!

        • tracey marie December 19th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

          I love the holidays, the food, the booze the lights and all the gaudy trapping…it is beautiful

          • Anomaly 100 December 20th, 2014 at 6:15 am

            This year is the first time I’ve ever gotten into the Christmas spirit. I lived in NYC for so long and the apartments in Manhattan are small, so I never got a tree. I moved to Virginia about 6 months ago. I had a blast putting up the tree, decorating, etc. I’ve been missing out!

          • tracey marie December 20th, 2014 at 11:18 am

            I usually do not do a tree, maybe one outside in the courtyard. But I do love all the garland and wreaths. I have at least 14 wreaths I put up around the courtyard, wherever you are in the house you see them.

    • Hass December 20th, 2014 at 12:08 am

      joyeux noël à vous et à tout le monde ici 🙂

      Merry Christmas to you and everyone here 🙂

      • fahvel December 20th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

        merci bien et a toi!!!!!

    • Dwendt44 December 20th, 2014 at 12:36 am

      Have a joyous Saturnalia.

  3. Guy Lauten December 19th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    The low-photon days are upon us. Soon we will get more of the Sun’s energy every day. Joy be upon us; all hail the return of the Sun.

    • tiredoftea December 19th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Yes, the equinox surfing will be excellent!

      • mea_mark December 19th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

        Solstice. Equinox is start of spring and fall.

        • tiredoftea December 19th, 2014 at 9:06 pm

          Surfers are not fond of details. It’s all about the surf conditions!

    • DieselJohnson December 20th, 2014 at 1:50 am

      All hail the light of the mighty sun

      See it shine on the lives of everyone

  4. Tommy6860 December 19th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I have no problem with Merry Christmas, but in God we trust I do. Maybe they should have just said ‘In Santa We Trust’ :P.

    • uzza December 20th, 2014 at 9:14 am

      In our Highway Department God we trust.

  5. Jake December 19th, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Very bad form Liberaland – the headline does not match the story – where does your headline say anything about In God We Trust – the truly objectionable thing in this story.

  6. Hass December 20th, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all!