Skip to comments.CHRISTMAS SHOPPING INFO: Bill O'Reilly's list of where stores stand on saying MERRY CHRISTMAS
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
Wow! Just imagine if Bill O'Reilly put this much effort into researching other topics!!
What about Tractor Supply? TSCO....
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.
Thanks for posting.
Thank you for posting this. If a store doesn't want Christmas mentioned, they don't want Christmas money, either.
You are completely unglued...as is anyone who expends energy and emotion over this silly issue.
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.
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.
Tractor supply... one of my favorite stores. Sadly none close to where I live.
You can at least own their stock...tsco...still undiscovered story imho.
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.
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
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.
The Clarifier :-)
>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.
"the chorus was singing 'Happy Hondadays!'"...
At least they aren't wishing us a Happy Hondazaa, or Hondakhuh!
Thank you, Good Night!
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
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.
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.
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.
We got the Lowes in our town to take down the "Holiday Trees" banner. A Christmas Tree banner will be put up tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you. Feels good.
Bill may be a blowhard but he is quite sincere and sentimental regarding Christmas, and children. It happens to be what he is.
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.
Very well put, and pithy, 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.
Thanks; those stores will be added to my list of stores to contact, informing them I won't be acknowledging them with my money.
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.
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.
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.
Be sure to sned one to Fox news also:
"holiday tree" indeed.
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!
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.
thanks, I will.
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.
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.
heard a Nissan commercial tonight with the jingle "Have a holly jolly *holiday*"
The re-education of traditional America continues.