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WILLARD, N.C. – A man putting “Merry Christmas” billboards up across North Carolina said he wants to put the Christ back in Christmas.

WECT reported that David Johnson started with just one of the Merry Christmas billboards last year in Pender County.

But now he’s putting the billboards up across North Carolina and the entire East Coast.

There are 28 billboards total and they read “Merry Christmas” with the word Christ underlined. The majority are in North Carolina, as a map on Johnson’s website shows.

“Regardless of your faith and your belief, Christmas is about giving, blessings and we’re just trying to say Merry Christmas, joy to the world!” said Johnson.

Johnson wants to spread the billboards all across America with at least one sign in each state.

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