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Crabi Gras' "Merry Christmas" shirt (Photo:WBOC) Crabi Gras' "Merry Christmas" shirt (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  A movement to eliminate political correctness is growing nationwide, spurred in part by one of the candidates running for president, Donald Trump.  That movement is being felt here locally when it comes to Christmas.

Crabi Gras has been known to create shirts in the past to reflect the current climate here on the shore. Their latest design says "The eastern shore, where we still say 'Merry Christmas'."  It's started quite the conversation.

The movement to bring back merry Christmas is one that eastern shore businessman Keith Graffius wanted to get in on.

"We're definitely tying in to the general feel of a lot of Americans out there who are really tired of what we call the crybullies out there.  The people who are constantly offended, constantly whining, constantly complaining.  It's time to get out there, get over yourselves, and let's have some fun again," said Graffius.

But Bishop Joel Johnson with the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity in Easton says the war on Christmas isn't real.

"Christmas really has never been healthier.  Just ask the merchants.  I heard the other day that Amazon is processing 9,000 orders a minute at it's locations.  Ask the local merchants.  People are still celebrating Christmas," said Bishop Johnson.

But is the shirt too assertive? 

"It's not too assertive, it just says hey, you know what?  We've always said merry Christmas here on the eastern shore, and we will continue to say merry Christmas on the eastern shore," said Graffius.

"I don't think the shirts hurt anybody.  It's kind of over the top and meaningless.  But i'm sure somebody is making some good money on it, it's a neat design," said Bishop Johnson.

We asked some if saying merry Christmas was not inclusive.

"I think that's just a way to share good will with people.  I don't think people should be upset by that, no more than I should be upset by someone wishing my a happy Hanukah or happy Kwanzaa, they are just sharing their good will with me," said J.T. Merryweather.

That good will is what Bishop Joel says the holidays should all be about.  He says that people should be thinking about the spiritual importance of Christmas, what it means to their lives, values like home, family, and creating peace in this world.

If you still want the shirt, get in line.  Crabi Gras are on their fifth shipment already, with more on the way

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