City of Branson “Merry Christmas” sign proclaims Christmas greeting

City of Branson sign wishes all a "Merry Christmas"

BRANSON, Mo. It’s a small sign simply saying “Merry Christmas,” located on Business U. S. Highway 65 as it passes by historic downtown Branson and past Branson city hall. However, in this politically correct world, with what seems to be a preoccupation of separating the celebration of Christmas from anything to do with government, what makes this “Merry Christmas” sign so special is that it is a greeting from the city of Branson, erected by city employees on city property right in front of its city hall.

Not that the use of the word “Christmas” should surprise anyone who is familiar with Branson’s culture, heritage and customs. Branson Alderman Rick Davis said, “Wishing people a ‘Merry Christmas’ is part of our local heritage and custom and an acknowledgement of the National Holiday of Christmas.”

Branson is in the waning weeks of its annual two month celebration of the traditional American Christmas called Ozark Mountain Christmas that runs until the end of the year. Ozark Mountain Christmas has been celebrated for over two decades and includes a local celebration that has just concluded its 63rd year, the “Adoration Lighting Ceremony and Parade.” Witnessed by tens of thousands each year, it includes the lighting of the giant Nativity Scene on top of Mount Branson just across Lake Taneycomo from Branson Landing and a night parade through historic downtown Branson.

Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center said, “Not only is the celebration of Ozark Mountain Christmas one of the busiest times of the year in Branson, it is a special time where Branson provides one of the few travel destinations in America that celebrates and honors the traditional American Christmas and the ‘reason for the season.'” When made aware of the city of Branson’s “Merry Christmas” sign she simply said, “It’s just part of who we are.”

Along with its great live shows, attractions, shopping, beautiful Ozark Mountain scenery and lakes and other activities, it is the special spirit of Branson that makes it the memorable unique travel destination it is and draws millions of visitors every year. The simple “Merry Christmas” greeting from the City of Branson is another expression of that spirit.
City of Branson “Merry Christmas” sign proclaims Christmas greeting

BRANSON, Mo. It’s a small sign simply saying “Merry Christmas,” located on Business U. S. Highway 65 as it passes by historic downtown Branson and past Branson city hall. However, in this politically correct world, with what seems to be a preoccupation of separating the celebration of Christmas from anything to do with government, what makes this “Merry Christmas” sign so special is that it is a greeting from the city of Branson, erected by city employees on city property right in front of its city hall.

Not that the use of the word “Christmas” should surprise anyone who is familiar with Branson’s culture, heritage and customs. Branson Alderman Rick Davis said, “Wishing people a ‘Merry Christmas’ is part of our local heritage and custom and an acknowledgement of the National Holiday of Christmas.”

Branson is in the waning weeks of its annual two month celebration of the traditional American Christmas called Ozark Mountain Christmas that runs until the end of the year. Ozark Mountain Christmas has been celebrated for over two decades and includes a local celebration that has just concluded its 63rd year, the “Adoration Lighting Ceremony and Parade.” Witnessed by tens of thousands each year, it includes the lighting of the giant Nativity Scene on top of Mount Branson just across Lake Taneycomo from Branson Landing and a night parade through historic downtown Branson.

Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center said, “Not only is the celebration of Ozark Mountain Christmas one of the busiest times of the year in Branson, it is a special time where Branson provides one of the few travel destinations in America that celebrates and honors the traditional American Christmas and the ‘reason for the season.'” When made aware of the city of Branson’s “Merry Christmas” sign she simply said, “It’s just part of who we are.”

Along with its great live shows, attractions, shopping, beautiful Ozark Mountain scenery and lakes and other activities, it is the special spirit of Branson that makes it the memorable unique travel destination it is and draws millions of visitors every year. The simple “Merry Christmas” greeting from the City of Branson is another expression of that spirit.