A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 23, 2013
“Jesus is the reason for the season” (Christmas saying)

’Jesus is the reason for the season” is a saying that has been printed on many Christmas gift items. Some might have been thinking that shopping (consumerism) is the reason for the Christmas season.

“Jesus is the reason for the season” has been cited in print since at least 1981 and has been printed in many Christian advertisements.


9 December 1981. Mobile (AL) Press Register, Magazine, pg. 6, col. 4 ad:
“Jesus Is The Reason For The Season.”
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

OCLC WorldCat record
The reason for the season : a musical for Christmas, for choir, soloists, and narrator
Author: David T Clydesdale
Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : John T. Benson, ©1981.
Edition/Format: Musical score : Cantatas : English

10 December 1983, Lockhart (TX) Post-Register, pg. 8A, col. 2 ad:
George’s Christian Bookstore
(...)
Remember—JESUS is the reason for the season.

11 December 1983, Marietta (GA) Daily Journal, “Want To Spoil Christmas? There Are Several Ways” by Nelson Price, pg. 4A, col. 1:
This is a primer on how to spoil Christmas. In essence, these are ways to ruin Christmas for you and your friends.

First, forget the real meaning of Christmas. After all, it seems there was a real reason for starting it. Jesus is the reason for the season. The title of the celebration actually bears his name. Some segments of our society have banned the use of the holiday title “Christmas.” They require the use of such titles as “Mid-Winter Holidays.”

Google Books
Psalms of Advent:
Songs of Hope

By David Lamar Powers
Lima, OH: Fairway Press
1987
Pg. 23:
If you count yourself among the hurried and the harried, you may need a reminder that I have seen some people wearing on a pin which says, “Jesus is the reason for the season.”

OCLC WorldCat record
Jesus Is the reason for the season : celebrate the true meaning of Christmas
Author: Rebecca Currington; Snapdragon Group.
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Summerside Press, 2011.
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Jesus Is the Reason for the Season Pocket Inspirations - Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas.
Author: Ellie Claire
Publisher: Ellie Claire Gift & Paper Corp 2013.
Edition/Format: Book : English

(Trademark)
Word Mark JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: retail store services featuring Christian retail products, namely, books, Bibles, gift merchandise, compact discs and audio cassettes featuring music, stationery, greeting cards, video cassettes, children’s games and toys. FIRST USE: 19961109. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19961109
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 75220959
Filing Date January 3, 1997
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition July 1, 1997
Registration Number 2099620
Registration Date September 23, 1997
Owner (REGISTRANT) PARABLE GROUP, INC., THE CORPORATION CALIFORNIA 815 Fiero Lane San Luis Obispo CALIFORNIA 934018397
Attorney of Record HARRY B RAY
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Cancellation Date June 26, 2004

(Trademark)
Word Mark JESUS IS THE REASON FOR EVERY SEASON!
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: adhesive note pads; advertising signs of paper; appointment books; blank journal books; book ends; book markers; books in the field of religion; bumper stickers; business cards; calendars; cardboard containers; celestial globes; children’s activity books; coloring books; crossword puzzles; educational books in the field of creation science; educational books in the field of Theology and Doctrine; educational publications, namely, hand-outs in the field of religion, educational publications, namely, teachers guides in the field of religion, archeology and apiculture; educational puzzles, envelopes for stationery use; general purpose plastic bags; globes; hymnal books; ink pens; manuscript books; mounted and paper banners; paper flags; parchment paper; pencil ornaments; poster board; posters; mounted posters; printed paper signs; religious books; scholarly books on religion, stickers and decalcomanias; terrestrial globes. FIRST USE: 20071120. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20071120
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 76684690
Filing Date December 6, 2007
Current Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition October 7, 2008
Owner (APPLICANT) Paraclete Press Research Service, Inc. CORPORATION TENNESSEE P.O. Box 4778 Sevierville TENNESSEE 37864
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date June 6, 2012

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, December 23, 2013 • Permalink