-- While many companies are opting to stay away from holiday-specific decorations, a Tennessee McDonald’s is embracing them.
In the painting, Mary and Joseph are looking over baby Jesus in the manger, with the phrases “Rejoice” and “His name is Jesus” written next to the nativity scene. Restaurant owners Tony and Gina Wolfe, who also own restaurants in Columbia and Mt. Pleasant, said that the windows of their restaurants have been painted with similar messages for “many years” and that this is a tradition that was started 40 years ago by one of their fathers.
“Although we respect all values and beliefs, our window displays during the Christmas Season have become something of a local tradition,” the Wolfes said in a statement. “We are surprised and happy that our windows have garnered attention across the country and are proud to be a part of this community.”
The photo, which was posted on Monday by Amy Basel, has received mostly positive feedback and has been shared over 70,000 times. Basel said she noticed the painting of the nativity scene while driving by the restaurant.
“A nativity scene painted upon a very well-known fast food chain caught my attention,” Basel told ABC News today. “Not just because it's Christmas, but because of the era we are currently living in. It's about being bold, in love, for what you believe in, despite what others may say. That's what I stand for and that is why I shared the picture.”