In a scene from The Santa Clauses, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) looks a bit down, so someone asks if something bothers him. Scott replies that he’s fine, except that “saying everyone a Merry Christmas has suddenly become problematic.”
Filmmaker Scott Weinberg posted about the line on Twitterand said, “I’ll say Christmas specifically when I know they’re celebrating it. Otherwise ‘Happy Holidays’ works very well. People tell me ‘Merry Christmas’ all the time, but I wouldn’t celebrate Christmas if I were Fox News I would scream out every time I heard it.” Other commenters on Twitter, Weinberg seemed to agree, who felt that most people don’t get upset when someone tells them “Merry Christmas,” even if they don’t celebrate it.
In an interview with Deadline, The Santa Clauses creator Jack Burditt was asked about the recording of the “Merry Christmas” joke and if the team went back and forth to keep it. He said: “Yes, we have. It’s something I just find silly, but then I’m like, I don’t know…”
While The Santa Clauses may not have intentionally stirred the Christmas pot this early in the season, we hope the rest of the series will distract viewers from the potentially over-the-top controversy.