It seems my first prediction of the year came true:  There won’t be any massive “Tea Party” rallies. Instead… more impromptu displays celebrating American principles and liberties will occur.

Over 60,000 people signed up to shop at Hobby Lobby Saturday in a show of support for the company’s freedom of religion. The firm sells arts and crafts supplies and is owned by evangelical David Green. The company filed a lawsuit against the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate that requires it to cover contraception, sterilization and abortifacients in their employees’ health care.

It was another successful buycott organized by average Americans upset with the over-reach of the government, just as Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was last year.  For example, News 5/KOAA in Colorado Springs reports that hundreds of area residents showed up and added a little something extra to their support:

In Colorado Springs they took it a step further and showed their appreciation for the store outside of building with signs and songs.

Hobby Lobby’s owner, David Green, says he’s against President Obama’s healthcare mandate which forces companies to cover things like contraception.

Those in the crowd today say they’re supporting Green because he’s standing up for his religious freedom.

“We love Hobby Lobby, and we love this store,” said Lana Fore, who supports Green’s decision. “He should have the right as a private business owner to stand on his Christian beliefs.”

Gateway Pundit had reports from Missouri and Mississippi:

The parking lot at Hobby Lobby in west St. Louis was packed today.

Inside the west St. Louis location the workers said, “It was like Christmas” and that business was booming today.

Aquilla King holds a sign supporting Hobby Lobby during “Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day” Saturday in Mississippi. (WDAM) has a collection of Tweet reports across the country, all reporting busy stores and full parking lots. One tweet from talk show host and conservative go-getter, Tammy Bruce, caught my eye:
Tammy Bruce Tweet

I have an admission to make: I view arts and crafts stores with the same sort of unease that a vampire would view a garlic stand. Additionally, the nearest Hobby Lobby is 50 miles away.

However, Tammy Bruce’s tweet inspired me to engage in one of my favorite hobbies — online shopping. As I am a relatively recent Catholic convert, I have been wanting to “Catholic up” my home, so Rust Cast Iron Layered Cross from the Home Decor menu seemed like a good bargain.

PROTEST BONUS! There is a petition on the White House website to officially recognize the Roman Catholic Church as a hate group. Happily, they seem rather shy of the 25,000 signatures requested. My purchase seems like a good way to protest that, too.

We aren’t even done with the first week in January, and tens of thousands of Americans are already purchase protesting! I suspect it is going to be a very long year for the elite media and establishment politicos.