Thursday, November 30, 2006

Merry Christmas OR Happy Holidays?

by Steve Ray on November 30, 2006

The Naughty And Nice List – Which Companies are Allowing a "Merry Christmas"

ORALANDO, FL, November 27, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As part of the Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign, Liberty Counsel has created a "Naughty and Nice" checklist (available online in pdf or MSWord) which catalogs retailers who either censor or recognize Christmas. The list was compiled from information gathered by Liberty Counsel supporters.

Partial "Naughty List"

Lowe's – Employees cannot say "Merry Christmas" to customers. Lowe's corporate advised that only when customers initiate a "Merry Christmas" greeting can employees respond in kind.
Toys 'R' Us – "Holidays" are in, "Merry Christmas" is out.
Banana Republic – Web site has "Holiday Gift Guide" with no mention of Christmas.
Bed Bath & Beyond - No mention of any holidays.
Barnes & Noble - Web site says "Gift Guide," "Holiday gift baskets," "Holiday sled," "Holiday delivery," but no Christmas. Stores not allowed to put up Christmas trees, and employees are not allowed to say "Merry Christmas."
Best Buy – Web site says "Unique gifts for the season," "Holiday gift ideas." Spokesperson said the use of "Merry Christmas" is disrespectful.
Dick's Sporting Goods – Web site says "gifts" and has images, but no mention of Christmas.
Eddie Bauer – Customer service would not recognize Christmas, they "don't want to offend Jews, those who celebrate Kwanza and those who have no religious preference."
Gap – "Holiday Survival Guide" with no mention of Christmas.
Home Depot – Web site says "Holiday Store" and "Holiday Lighting" and only at bottom of site says "Make your Christmas decorations complete." Stores have "Holiday Home Accents."
K-Mart – Selling "Holiday trees" and "Holiday wreaths."

Partial "Nice List"

Dillard's – Advertises "Christmas Catalog."
JC Penney – Web site has "Christmas Shipping Countdown."
Joann Fabrics – Offers Christmas and Holiday fabrics.
Kohl's - Christmas is all over TV, print and radio ads.
L.L. Bean – Advertises and distributes "Christmas Catalog."
Linens 'N Things – Has a "Christmas Shop" and "Christmas Checklist."
Macy's – "Merry Christmas!" on its home page.
Michaels – Web site has a Christmas section.
M&M-Mars Candies – Will have red and green candies with pictures of Christmas trees and angels among other images.
Target – Web site says "Christmas Decor," although the physical store has "Holiday entertaining." TV ad says "Merry Christmas."
Wal-Mart – Has a "Christmas Shop," plays Christmas carols, and employees can say "Merry Christmas."

Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, commented: "Every consumer should make a list and check it twice, stop patronizing retailers which are naughty and shop at those which are nice. Retailers which seek to profit from Christmas while pretending it does not exist should realize they have offended the vast majority of Americans who enjoy Christmas. Customers have a choice and they will not patronize corporate Scrooges."

Naughty and Nice List in PDF format
http://lc.org/helpsavechristmas/naughty_nice2006.pdf

Naughty and Nice List in MSWord format
http://lc.org/helpsavechristmas/naughty_nice2006.doc

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