As an agency of the Assembly of Bishops, the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) has been developing a thematic approach to issues which affect the lives of all Orthodox Christians. This month's theme is "Christmas and the Nativity;"  last month was "Morality and Pop Culture," and the month before that, "Unemployment and Anxiety."
A new OCN video also posted on YouTube, "Say Merry Christmas," promotes the importance of keeping Christ in Christmas. Notes Fr. Chris Metropulos, Executive Director of OCN, "I have to confess to you that I have a great concern about this sacred holiday that we are about to celebrate. Well, why don't I just come out and tell you? I can't believe we have given in so easily to the hype connected with Christmas sales, which by the way the professionals tell us are up 7% from last year. I guess that is good news in an economy that has been sputtering along for some time. The problem I feel we are facing today is that we are so concerned about being politically correct that we are using terms such as Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Everyone knows no matter what their religious persuasion, that this is the time when Christians worldwide celebrate the birth of their Savior."