Presidents have been sending Christmas cards since 1953 and this year's card is more inclusive of the holiday season. President Obama and the First Lady selected a card that announces: "Season's Greetings."
The card reads: "May your family have a joyous holiday season and a new year blessed with hope and happiness."
There is no mention of "Christmas" and that has at least one Republican lawmaker a bit puzzled.
"I believe that sending a Christmas card without referencing a holiday and its purpose limits the Christmas celebration in favor of a more 'politically correct' holiday," Rep. Henry Brown told FOX News Radio. "
On Tuesday Brown, a South Carolina Republican, introduced a resolution calling for the protection of the sanctity of Christmas. So far, 44 lawmakers, Democrat and Republican, have co-signed the bill.
"This kind of reproach is exactly what my Christmas resolution, introduced to the House of Representatives earlier this week, is against as the resolution expresses support for the use of Christmas symbols and traditions and disapproval of all attempts to ban or limit references to Christmas."
The White House told FOX News Radio that the Obamas are celebrating Christmas this year but they recognize that other Americas are celebrating other holidays this time of year and their Christmas card reflects that idea.
The President is not breaking new ground. Democratic National Committee spokesman Hari Sevugan told Fox News Radio, "Like previous administrations including President George W. Bush's, their holiday card offers the season's greetings to everyone who receives it."
In 2008, President Bush's card made no reference to Christmas. However, the president did include a passage from the New Testament, Matthew 5:16.
"Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told FOX News Radio President Obama may be unfairly targeted.
"People who somehow think Barack Obama is part of the so-called War against Christmas ought to realize that for the past few years it was George Bush leading the charge against it," he said.
"It makes perfectly good sense for a president of all the people, all the 2,000 different religions and the 20 million non-believers in this country, to send out a card that says this is a good, happy time of year but without referring to any one specific religion."
The Obama's Christmas card was paid for and distributed by the DNC - and the cards are now in the mail.
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