The annual Christmas mystery continues in Redmond, Washington, where enigmatic "Merry Christmas" signs are appearing for the third consecutive year.
As usual, no one seems to know who's responsible for posting the placards, which read, "It's OK to say Merry CHRISTMAS," according to the Redmond Reporter.
And that's not the only message presented on the green signs; they also include two Bible verses — one from Romans and another from Luke.
The text from Romans 1:16 reads, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes; first to the Jew, then to the Gentile."
The signs, which are placed near the library, police department and a local church, appear to be an attempt to encourage citizens to abandon more generic season’s greetings like “Happy Holidays.”
See a 2013 KCPQ-TV report about the signs below:
Redmond Mayor John Marchione told the Redmond Reporter that the city has no plans of removing the messages, which the mystery poster has traditionally taken down by January 1 each year.
They are displayed in the public right of way, which is considered a free speech zone.
"The 'It’s OK to say, Merry CHRISTMAS' signs are a form of free speech, much like political signs," Marchione said.
(H/T: Redmond Reporter)