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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING INFO: Bill O'Reilly's list of where stores stand on saying MERRY CHRISTMAS
billoreilly.com ^ | Nov 30 05 | Bill OReilly

Posted on 11/30/2005 3:11:56 PM PST by churchillbuff

Below find a list of the major department stores across the country and where they stand on using Christmas in their holiday advertising and other promotions.

JCPenney: "Christmas" mentioned in print ads & other advertising

Federated Department Stores (Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Filene's, Marshall Fields): "Christmas" mentioned in print ads & other advertising Employees are free to use any holiday greeting that they feel is appropriate

Dillard's: "Christmas" mentioned in print ads & other advertising

FAO Schwarz: Using "Holiday" this year in advertising materials Employees are free to use any holiday greeting that they feel is appropriate

Toys 'R' Us: Employees are free to use any holiday greeting that they feel is appropriate (no official policy)

KB Toys: Using "Happy Holidays" this year in advertising materials Employees are free to use any holiday greeting that they feel is appropriate (no official policy)

Costco: No advertising, but company leans towards "Happy Holidays" for in-store promos

BJ's Wholesale Club: Using "holiday season" this year in advertising materials Employees are free to use any holiday greeting that they feel is appropriate

Wal-Mart: Using "Happy Holidays" this year in advertising materials Employees are free to use any holiday greeting that they feel is appropriate

Sears & Kmart: Kmart will not use "Christmas" in its advertising Employees are free to use any holiday greeting that they feel is appropriate

Kohl's: Kohl's does not disclose its advertising strategies Employees are free to use any holiday greeting that they feel is appropriate

Target: Did not return phone calls


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1 posted on 11/30/2005 3:11:57 PM PST by churchillbuff
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To: churchillbuff

Wow! Just imagine if Bill O'Reilly put this much effort into researching other topics!!


2 posted on 11/30/2005 3:13:49 PM PST by mumps
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To: churchillbuff

What about Tractor Supply? TSCO....


3 posted on 11/30/2005 3:14:06 PM PST by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: churchillbuff
Good Deal.
4 posted on 11/30/2005 3:20:15 PM PST by Mulch (tm)
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To: churchillbuff
Last night, I saw a "tweenie" commercial for Honda autos, where the chorus was singing "Happy Hondadays!"

-PJ

5 posted on 11/30/2005 3:24:23 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: churchillbuff

As each year passes, and as the focus of this time of year shifts more and more toward commerce (stores open on Thanksgiving; shoppers lined up for blocks before daybreak on Black Friday; analysis of the numbers for Cyber Monday; marketing strategies that determine what greeting employees will use with customers; boycotts or threatened boycotts against retailers who don't do it a certain way) the more I regret that the day on which we celebrate the birth of the Savior falls at the end of the business year. What a travesty.


6 posted on 11/30/2005 3:25:04 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Just say "No" to Judy Baar Topinka)
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To: churchillbuff

Thanks for posting.


7 posted on 11/30/2005 3:25:37 PM PST by Thorin ("I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.")
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To: churchillbuff

Thank you for posting this. If a store doesn't want Christmas mentioned, they don't want Christmas money, either.


8 posted on 11/30/2005 3:32:25 PM PST by EricT. (Caiaphas acted just like a modern Democrat.)
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To: churchillbuff

Dear Bill,

You are completely unglued...as is anyone who expends energy and emotion over this silly issue.


9 posted on 11/30/2005 3:34:44 PM PST by Lost the Plot
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To: churchillbuff

I'd think that you Christians would be mad at the retail chains who use Christmas to sell geegaws and junk.

Instead you're mad at these stores for NOT commercializing your religious holiday.

Color me confusified.


10 posted on 11/30/2005 3:37:31 PM PST by adam_az (It's the border, stupid!)
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To: Lost the Plot

Thank you!


11 posted on 11/30/2005 3:39:19 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: mumps
Wow! Just imagine if Bill O'Reilly put this much effort into researching other topics!!

Like which states have light sentencing of child molesters and exposing those states on his show every night.
12 posted on 11/30/2005 3:41:25 PM PST by msnimje (Bob Woodward is the GRINCH who stole Fitzmas............Cindy Lou (sheehan) WHO?)
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To: churchillbuff

What about Taco Bell? If Taco Bell doesn't wish me a merry enchirito, I don't see how I can ever dine there again.


13 posted on 11/30/2005 3:43:33 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: samadams2000

Tractor supply... one of my favorite stores. Sadly none close to where I live.


14 posted on 11/30/2005 3:46:21 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: Kirkwood

You can at least own their stock...tsco...still undiscovered story imho.


15 posted on 11/30/2005 3:48:00 PM PST by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: adam_az
I'd think that you Christians would be mad at the retail chains who use Christmas to sell geegaws and junk.

I can see your point. And many Christians do not like the commercialization of the Christmas holiday. However, the issue isn't the commercialization...its the effort to not even recognize that the holiday is of Christian origin (All right already, the Christians coverted some pagen rituals or something. We all know that tired old post is coming soon.). Anyway, it is more of an effort to rid the original meaning of the holiday (Holy Day) that is offensive. When companies start canceling the Dec. 25th vacation day then I will believe they are serious.

16 posted on 11/30/2005 3:50:49 PM PST by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: samadams2000

I say happy holidays now because Christmas is too far off. Makes sense. You cover ALL the holidays including Thanksgiving.

When we are closer to Christmas then I will say Merry Christmas. heh


17 posted on 11/30/2005 3:51:53 PM PST by silentknight
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To: adam_az
Dear Confusified,

It's simple, really.

These same merchants that find Christmas, the word, offensive, still want Christians to buy their Christmas presents from them.

Christians who find liberals efforts to eradicate all signs of Christ from public discourse bewildering or threatening simply don't want to risk offending those same merchants by spending their offensive Christmas dollars in their stores.

Signed,

The Clarifier :-)

18 posted on 11/30/2005 3:53:10 PM PST by twntaipan (MERRY CHRISTMAS WAS NOT A PROBLEM UNTIL THE DEMOCRATS MADE IT A PROBLEM)
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>Employees are free to use any holiday greeting that they feel is appropriate (no official policy)

I think this is the best solution!
Some employees are Christian, some are not; ditto the customers.
Leaving it up to the individuals, that seems the least intrusive. If I were working in a store I'd be annoyed if the management told me what I had to say!
For myself I am happy to get any cheerful & well intentioned greeting, at any time of the year.


19 posted on 11/30/2005 4:00:28 PM PST by EdJay
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To: Political Junkie Too

"the chorus was singing 'Happy Hondadays!'"...

At least they aren't wishing us a Happy Hondazaa, or Hondakhuh!

Thank you, Good Night!


20 posted on 11/30/2005 4:06:57 PM PST by Go_Raiders ("Being able to catch well in a crowd just means you can't get open, that's all." -- James Lofton)
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Memo to Bill O'Reilly:

Fox News Shop offers "Holiday Ideas" for the season, not "Christmas Ideas. You can get a "FOX News Holiday Ornament," an "O'Reilly Factor Holiday Ornament," etc. http://shop.ecompanystore.com/foxnews/FOX_ProductList.asp?TYPE=Holiday+Ideas&index=7&CATALOG=FOX&ID=71


21 posted on 11/30/2005 4:08:47 PM PST by EdJay
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To: churchillbuff
Target's "Grinch" approach: (recall, no Salvation Army kettles & bell ringers, plus support for leftist causes)


22 posted on 11/30/2005 4:11:37 PM PST by quark
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To: Lost the Plot
Dear Bill, You are completely unglued...as is anyone who expends energy and emotion over this silly issue.

Apparently you don't think its a big deal when Christianity and even the concept of Christmas is being marginalized and restricted? If 94% of Americans admit to celebrating Christmas, then why is it such a big deal for corporations & schools & the ACLU to attack and restrict Christianity in any form, including wishing someone Merry Christmas. Apparently the radical left & secular humanists & atheists are taking their mission seriously.

23 posted on 11/30/2005 4:15:57 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: Lost the Plot
Only enough time for one insult and "This account has been banned or suspended." Boy are you Stuck On Stupid.
24 posted on 11/30/2005 4:16:29 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: adam_az

It's quite simple: If a store is advertising to receive my money for a "holiday," but cannot acknowledge the "reason" for the "holiday," then they've given me no "reason" to acknowledge them with my money.


25 posted on 11/30/2005 4:17:09 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: churchillbuff
Target: Did not return phone calls

According to the Target Diversity Calendar (with events, holidays, and celebrations), Target celebrates Pride Month during June and Independence Day during July. When December rolls around on their calendar, Target is silent in respect to Christmas or even the holidays in general. Only Human Rights Day (December 10) is mentioned for December.

Target Diversity Calendar

26 posted on 11/30/2005 4:20:33 PM PST by bulldozer
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To: churchillbuff

We got the Lowes in our town to take down the "Holiday Trees" banner. A Christmas Tree banner will be put up tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


27 posted on 11/30/2005 4:21:25 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: pbrown

Good job!


28 posted on 11/30/2005 4:26:03 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Political Junkie Too
Last night, I saw a "tweenie" commercial for Honda autos, where the chorus was singing "Happy Hondadays!" -PJ

Merry Chryslermas!

29 posted on 11/30/2005 4:26:53 PM PST by Hexenhammer
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To: nicmarlo

Thank you. Feels good.


30 posted on 11/30/2005 4:27:18 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: Lost the Plot

Bill may be a blowhard but he is quite sincere and sentimental regarding Christmas, and children. It happens to be what he is.


31 posted on 11/30/2005 4:27:52 PM PST by Sen Jack S. Fogbound
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To: pbrown

I sent Lowe's an e-mail, the other day, to which they responded. They apparently got lots of letters/e-mails....they said it's too late to pull their ads for this year, but next year, it will be back to 'Christmas'.

Sure does feel good when something many people do has a noticeable impact.


32 posted on 11/30/2005 4:30:29 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: nicmarlo
It's quite simple: If a store is advertising to receive my money for a "holiday," but cannot acknowledge the "reason" for the "holiday," then they've given me no "reason" to acknowledge them with my money.

Very well put, and pithy, too.

33 posted on 11/30/2005 4:32:04 PM PST by pray4liberty (I accept PayPal.)
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To: pray4liberty

ty!


34 posted on 11/30/2005 4:33:36 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: nicmarlo

Me, too!

L.L. BEAN new catalog - NO MENTION OF CHRISTMAS
RADIO SHACK new catalog - NO MENTION OF CHRISTMAS

Neither one will get a dollar out of me.....ever.


35 posted on 11/30/2005 4:34:24 PM PST by panaxanax
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To: panaxanax

Thanks; those stores will be added to my list of stores to contact, informing them I won't be acknowledging them with my money.


36 posted on 11/30/2005 4:37:10 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: adam_az

As a Christian I don't spend a ridiculous amount of money for Christmas. I do buy a few gifts for our children and a small gift for our parents. Giving gifts to people is one way of showing them love. The "PC" of using Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas is what chaps my hide. They are profiting off of Christmas and yet they refuse to acknowledge we celebrate Christmas in remembrance of Christ's birth. It is just unbelievable.


37 posted on 11/30/2005 4:37:34 PM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: nicmarlo

I don't know if you have the DOLLAR STORE where you live, but their catalog came today with the others and Christmas is mentioned many times.


38 posted on 11/30/2005 4:42:29 PM PST by panaxanax
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To: panaxanax

I think we do have one.

BTW, I just sent off e-mails to Radio Shack and L L Bean.

We'll see if they respond.


39 posted on 11/30/2005 4:44:34 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: nicmarlo

Be sure to sned one to Fox news also:

http://shop.ecompanystore.com/foxnews/FOX_productdetail.asp?Mode=IMG&TYPE=Holiday%20Ideas&PRODUCT=FOX21001200&CATALOG=FOX&ID=71&MU=

"holiday tree" indeed.


41 posted on 11/30/2005 5:18:24 PM PST by chrisg2001
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To: churchillbuff

Glad to see this, but some of those who supposedly mention Christmas in ads must be hiding it well. I have looked and haven't seen it. Thanks!


42 posted on 11/30/2005 5:20:26 PM PST by ladyinred (RIP dear Texas Cowboy, you will be missed.)
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To: nicmarlo
Excellent! Well said.

A grassroots effort should be engaged not simply to sign petitions, but to tell store managers that for the Christmas season, if they find Christmas offensive, we simply won't shop there.

This would cover the period of the day after Thanksgiving til Dec. 31st.

If only 10% of Christians/traditionalists would employ this tactic, next year this would not be an issue.

43 posted on 11/30/2005 5:20:30 PM PST by twntaipan (MERRY CHRISTMAS WAS NOT A PROBLEM UNTIL THE DEMOCRATS MADE IT A PROBLEM)
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To: chrisg2001

thanks, I will.


44 posted on 11/30/2005 5:27:56 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: twntaipan
If only 10% of Christians/traditionalists would employ this tactic, next year this would not be an issue.

I'm sure you're right; and we will see what happens next year. I have no doubt there is going to be an effect from this.

45 posted on 11/30/2005 5:29:08 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Lost the Plot
Hi, newbie


46 posted on 11/30/2005 5:37:16 PM PST by Sam's Army ("Terrorism is a matter for the police" MurryMom 11/28/05)
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To: churchillbuff

Very, very interesting. Gives me new appreciation to Penney's, Macy's and Dillard's. Shame on Wal-Mart. Those Waltons oughtta know better. I wonder how much they personally tithe to their own churches and so on considering how much they have.


47 posted on 11/30/2005 5:42:25 PM PST by Paved Paradise
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To: Lost the Plot
Would it be safe to assume that you turn down all those silly Christmas gifts you receive?
48 posted on 11/30/2005 7:00:30 PM PST by Mulch (tm)
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To: churchillbuff

heard a Nissan commercial tonight with the jingle "Have a holly jolly *holiday*"


49 posted on 11/30/2005 7:02:32 PM PST by kajingawd (" happy with stone underhead, let Heaven and Earth go about their changes")
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To: kajingawd

The re-education of traditional America continues.


50 posted on 11/30/2005 7:04:41 PM PST by twntaipan (MERRY CHRISTMAS WAS NOT A PROBLEM UNTIL THE DEMOCRATS MADE IT A PROBLEM)
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