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Hallmark Changes Words On Ugly Sweater Ornament

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Hallmark is provoking outrage and ridicule from customers after changing the words on it's "ugly sweater ornament."

The company removed the word gay to now say: "Don we now our fun apparel," altering the 19th century Christmas Carol, "Deck the Halls"

The original carol verse goes: "Don we now our gay apparel." But Hallmark's version, which appears on a Christmas ornament designed as an ugly Christmas sweater goes: "Don we now our FUN apparel."

"Today it (gay) has multiple meanings, which we thought could leave our intent open to misinterpretation."- Hallmark statement released to media

The company's Facebook page has received posts criticizing the decision to change the lyric. One post read, "Hallmark is insinuating that gay people dress differently than anyone else. If I were gay, I would be more upset with that."

A woman who described herself as a Gold Crown Rewards member, posted that by changing the lyric, the company made an unnecessary political statement.

The ornament, which was reportedly designed by Matt Johnson, a keepsake artist, was described on Hallmark's website as an ornament that can "make your tree's outfit complete."

"With its catchy phrase, Don we now our FUN apparel! everyone will be in on the joke," the website's description reads.

The company, which is more known for apolitical greeting cards wishing a boss a happy retirement, issued a statement to media outlets explaining the history of the song dating back to the 1880s, a time "when "gay" meant festive or merry."

Read more here: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/31/hallmark-nixes-gay-from-christmas-carol-on-ornament/

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