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Coke packages say "Merry Christmas" this year in contrast to last year's "Holiday 2009"
Target Inc. ^ | November 16, 2010 | P. Stattic

Posted on 11/16/2010 4:02:02 AM PST by CIS

In December 2009, there was a thread here on Free Republic outlining the fact that Coca-Cola had released "holiday" packaging that said "Feliz Navidad" in Spanish, but "Holiday 2009" in English. Some were outraged because it appeared that Christmas was okay to acknowledge in Spanish, but not in English. It seems that Coke has learned their lesson and for their 2010 packaging, they use the English greeting "Merry Christmas".

Click here to read the original 2009 Free Republic article on this matter.

Click here to see an image containing both the 2009 and 2010 Coke package designs with the "Holiday 2009", "Feliz Navidad", and "Merry Christmas" messages.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: christmas; cocacola; coke; holiday; waronchristmas; waronchristmas2010

1 posted on 11/16/2010 4:02:08 AM PST by CIS
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To: CIS

I’m glad they did it, but I’m cynical enough to question their motives. All in all, I don’t think it is going to feel very much like our run-of-the-mill Christmas this year. If the election was held in January the Repubs would’ve taken the Senate as well...


2 posted on 11/16/2010 4:12:02 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: CIS

I’ll drink my Bacardi Añejo straight just the same.


3 posted on 11/16/2010 4:12:18 AM PST by South40 (My computer beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing!)
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To: CIS

Now we will be awaiting the 2011 Publix supermarket calendar to see if they recognize Pearl Harbor Day which was omitted last year in favor of highlighting Mulsim holidays.


4 posted on 11/16/2010 4:15:00 AM PST by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: CIS
They still sponsored huffington’s buses that brought MORE evil into dc so that john stewart and steve colbert could entertain demons with the myth buster idiots.

LLS

5 posted on 11/16/2010 4:24:31 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: CIS
I love Christmas nostalgia...and diet Coke.

6 posted on 11/16/2010 4:27:56 AM PST by TSgt (On 11/08/2010 at 0421 my life changed forever. I became a father.)
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To: South40

7 posted on 11/16/2010 4:28:44 AM PST by TSgt (On 11/08/2010 at 0421 my life changed forever. I became a father.)
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To: CIS

cool


8 posted on 11/16/2010 4:29:12 AM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: kearnyirish2

I think election day should be after Thanksgiving instead of right after Halloween. Too many people expect to get free treats from the govt.


9 posted on 11/16/2010 4:31:16 AM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: CIS
WelcomeTo FreeRepublic!
10 posted on 11/16/2010 4:33:23 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic......Monthly Donors Wanted.)
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To: TSgt
I don't drink Coke. But being of Jamaican heritage, I do like rum!


11 posted on 11/16/2010 4:38:19 AM PST by South40 (My computer beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing!)
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To: CIS
Are they putting 'Merry Christmas' on the packages already? Don't get me wrong, i'm glad they say Merry Christmas instead of happy holiday or whatever, but its a bit early.

P.S. Marking my calender. I heard Christmas music on November 5th this year. November 5th. Really, I think I would be sick of Christmas by Dec. 1st if I started listening to Christmas music so darn early. It takes away from the specialness of Christmas, and really, Thanksgiving too, to be playing it 2 months ahead. I mean, with Halloween decorations still floating around, I was hearing Christmas music. Surreal almost.

12 posted on 11/16/2010 4:38:26 AM PST by Celtic Cross (I AM the Impeccable Hat.)
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To: kearnyirish2
I’m glad they did it, but I’m cynical enough to question their motives.

I, for one, try to avoid shopping in stores that don't call Christmas "Christmas." I try to avoid products that have generic "holidays" commercials. That's hard to do but if there is a store or product that uses the dreaded "C" word, I go out of my way to try to patronize them. I'm sure Coke may be noticing consumers that do this and hopefully, other producers and stores will respond accordingly.

13 posted on 11/16/2010 4:39:34 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: CIS
Why these companies ever decided to do Happy Holidays is beyond me. 200 years of marketing says it was just plain stupid.

I'm not sure if it changed the bottom line...sales...but I'd rather have THE MAJORITY of people come and go from my store or buy my product and have a smile on my face.

14 posted on 11/16/2010 4:48:46 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: CIS

I refuse to go to my works “Holiday Party”... If it ain’t a Christmas Party it’s nothing.

When you think about it, why would anyone who’s “offended” by the word Christmas, go to a Holiday Party?


15 posted on 11/16/2010 4:56:07 AM PST by maddog55 (OBAMA, You can't fix stupid...)
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To: maddog55

I once worked for a company that had a Christmas party. Then it became a holiday party. Last I heard it was a winter party.


16 posted on 11/16/2010 5:00:28 AM PST by TSgt (On 11/08/2010 at 0421 my life changed forever. I became a father.)
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To: CIS
Looks like I will be having Coke for the Christmas Holidays!
17 posted on 11/16/2010 5:05:57 AM PST by 2001convSVT ("Repeal ObamaCare")
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To: CIS

* passes out in shock *


18 posted on 11/16/2010 5:08:36 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: CIS

It’s all about the Benjamins. In this economy, they cannot afford to piss off consumers by being politically correct. They instinctively understand that this is a Judeo-Christian nation and the P.C. crap grates on the majority of the consuming public. They can afford to flip the bird to us in fat times. They can’t risk angering us in these lean times.


19 posted on 11/16/2010 5:21:50 AM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Conservatives want a CHOICE not an echo - No more RINOs!)
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To: Celtic Cross

“...its a bit early”

I started working on Anna Little’s (sadly, losing) congressional campaign in mid-July.

By the time we were done on November 3rd I was exhausted.

Imagine my despair at seeing Christmas commercials that first weekend when I finally watched a football game.


20 posted on 11/16/2010 5:22:27 AM PST by jocon307
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To: CIS

That’s odd. Just finished a can with the words “Holiday 2010”.


21 posted on 11/16/2010 5:29:04 AM PST by SealSeven (Moving at the speed of dark.... Even "nothing" takes up space.)
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To: TSgt
On 11/08/2010 at 0421 my life changed forever. I became a father.

Congratulations!

22 posted on 11/16/2010 5:46:54 AM PST by tnlibertarian (Hey D. C., tax increases are not spending cuts. Nor do tax cuts constitute increased spending.)
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To: tnlibertarian

Thanks!


23 posted on 11/16/2010 5:52:06 AM PST by TSgt (On 11/08/2010 at 0421 my life changed forever. I became a father.)
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To: CIS

maybe that is why Odumbo has to leave the country so much again. he is offended that Coke has said Merry Christmas. Coca Cola refused to advertise muslim Holdays on the containers when requested by Odumbo.Than when he asked Coca Cola to advertise for him this year as he is the real thing Coca Cola responded when you can walk on water and solve all the worlds problems than and only than would Coca Cola advertise barack Hussein Obama - He’s the Real Thing. Right now Coca Cola thinks of Odumbo as the Thing from DC. And any connection with odumbo will be a toxic asset for Coca Cola. Odumbo is also approaching other manufaturers, Pepsi, 7Up, Kebblers, Kraft, Nabisco and so on so forth but he is getting the same response - You are a toxic asset and you need to go elsewhere to repair your image. he has not lerned yet, when you go around bashing the USA, this is not good business sense in the corporate world.


24 posted on 11/16/2010 6:01:10 AM PST by hondact200 ( Lincoln Freed the Enslaved. Obama Enslaves the Free. Obama is Americas Greatest Threat)
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To: CIS

Cool. I prefer Coke products anyway.


25 posted on 11/16/2010 6:03:51 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: CIS

Office Max had up Happy Holiday signs on the door when I went last Fri.


26 posted on 11/16/2010 6:32:41 AM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: TSgt

That makes for a very, merry Christmas!


27 posted on 11/16/2010 6:34:31 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: CIS

meanwhile Pepsi cans are still bearing a worn out Obama Hope n Change symbol


28 posted on 11/16/2010 6:34:31 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: CIS

Time to stock up on Coca-Cola again...


29 posted on 11/16/2010 6:36:34 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

Yesterday, while shopping, I saw round, ornament shaped bottles of Coke for sale for $1 each. There was advertising on the bin for Sprite and a 3rd flavor, but only the Coke was available in the bin. Guess they are after the Christmas shoppers this year. I can’t remember if they had Christmas on the bottle, but one had a Coke polar bear on it and another had Santa on it. They were cute to look at, but I didn’t purchase any.


30 posted on 11/16/2010 7:06:19 AM PST by Marmolade
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To: ari-freedom

Right after April 15th would be better....


31 posted on 11/17/2010 2:14:23 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I don’t know that stores ever really cared about being boycotted by people who wanted to hear “Merry Christmas”; I think that now ALL businesses know that they are fighting for a shrinking supply of discretionary dollars from consumers, and the bad PR from ignoring Christmas doesn’t help.


32 posted on 11/17/2010 2:16:20 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2

“Right after April 15th would be better....”

yeah but I don’t want a really long lame duck session


33 posted on 11/17/2010 2:25:59 AM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: ari-freedom

Good point; maybe December 31st...


34 posted on 11/17/2010 2:45:50 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: CIS

Thanks for posting this-i noticed it as well. It seems that the “Holiday” is still on the cans but the cases - GASP!- actually do have the words Christmas on them!


35 posted on 11/20/2010 1:05:19 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under!)
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