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Naughty or Nice? AFA's 2010 listing of top retailers and how they recognize Christmas
American Family Association ^

Posted on 12/06/2010 5:10:25 AM PST by USALiberty

Based on current advertising, below is a list of companies that avoid, ban, or use the term "Christmas" in their advertising. We will continually update the list, so check back often.

Criteria - AFA reviewed up to four areas to determine if a company was "Christmas-friendly" in their advertising: print media (newspaper inserts), broadcast media (radio/television), website and/or personal visits to the store. If a company's ad has references to items associated with Christmas (trees, wreaths, lights, etc.), it was considered as an attempt to reach "Christmas" shoppers.

If a company has items associated with Christmas, but did not use the word "Christmas," then the company is considered as censoring "Christmas."

(Excerpt) Read more at action.afa.net ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: merrychristmas; retail; secularization; waronchristmas
JESUS IS THE (ONLY) REASON FOR THE SEASON!

Merry CHRISTmas! I don't know what a generic "holiday" is or how to celebrate it!

1 posted on 12/06/2010 5:10:29 AM PST by USALiberty
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To: USALiberty

They would have to do away with the word “holiday” to achieve their means. Otherwise, holiday (Holy day) invokes religion by definition alone.


2 posted on 12/06/2010 5:17:48 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: USALiberty

Surprised there are so many “greens”. Sure does not seem like it.


3 posted on 12/06/2010 5:18:08 AM PST by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: All

TARGET is raining down Christmas decorations on shoppers. The ceilings are blanketed with hanging Christmas stars and snowflakes.

When I congratulated the manager, he was proud to point out, “ Target even has ‘Merry Christmas’ signs all over the store.”

Target has a nice selection of merchandise in reasonable price ranges for everyone on your gift list.


4 posted on 12/06/2010 5:34:01 AM PST by Liz
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To: USALiberty

Naughty or Nice?

AFA's 2010 listing of top retailers and how they recognize Christmas

Based on current advertising, below is a list of companies that avoid, ban, or use the term "Christmas" in their advertising.  We will continually update the list, so check back often.

Criteria - AFA reviewed up to four areas to determine if a company was "Christmas-friendly" in their advertising: print media (newspaper inserts), broadcast media (radio/television), website and/or personal visits to the store. If a company's ad has references to items associated with Christmas (trees, wreaths, lights, etc.), it was considered as an attempt to reach "Christmas" shoppers.

If a company has items associated with Christmas, but did not use the word "Christmas," then the company is considered as censoring "Christmas."

Color Code: 

GREEN: Company uses the term "Christmas" on a regular basis, we consider that company Christmas-friendly.
YELLOW: Company refers to Christmas infrequently, or in a single advertising medium, but not in others.
RED: Company may use "Christmas" sparingly in a single or unique product description, but as a company, does not recognize it. 

This list only reflects a company's "Christmas" advertising and does not take into account other corporate policies AFA may not agree with. 


 

List updated on 11-29-10 

Companies FOR "Christmas" 

Amazon.com
Bass Pro Shops
Bed Bath & Beyond
Belk
Best Buy
Big Lots
Books-A-Million
Cabella's
Collective Brands
Costco
Dick's Sporting Goods
Family Dollar
Dollar General
H.E.B. Stores
Hallmark
Harris Teeter Stores
Hobby Lobby
JC Penney
JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts Stores
Kmart
Kohl's
Kroger
Lowe's
Macy's
Meijer
Menard's
Michael's Stores
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom
Office Max
Petsmart
Pier One Imports
Publix
QVC
Rite Aid
Sears
Scheels Sporting Goods
Super D Drug Stores
Target
Toys R Us
Wal-Mart/Sam's Club

Companies marginalizing "Christmas" 

Bath & Body Works
Dollar Tree
Hy-Vee Stores
Old Navy
Limited Brands
Safeway
Starbucks
Walgreens
Whole Foods
 

Companies against "Christmas" 

Banana Republic (NEW!)
Barnes & Noble
CVS Pharmacy
Gap Stores (NEW!)
Hancock Fabrics
NASCAR
Office Depot
Radio Shack
Staples
SUPERVALU
Victoria's Secret

Want to report on a company? Send your detailed report to christmas@afa.net. Please know that we receive hundreds of reports (emails) each day. We are unable to respond to each one personally, but your report will be read by one of our staff. 

Note: AFA does not list local or regional companies. Only nationally-recognized companies will be listed.



5 posted on 12/06/2010 5:37:16 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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How does the largest retailer handle Christmas?

Wal-Mart has NONE, NOTHING, NADA store Christmas decor.

Wal-mart does not recognize Christmas even though
Christmas shopping adds 38% to their bottom line.

We should add Wal-Mart to the list of Christmas-neutral stores.


6 posted on 12/06/2010 5:41:23 AM PST by Liz
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To: Red_Devil 232

Find it interesting that Old Navy is in the yellow category and Banana Republic and Gap are in the red. It would seem they would have the same policy.


7 posted on 12/06/2010 5:44:30 AM PST by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Liz

**TARGET is raining down Christmas decorations on shoppers.**

TARGET learned their lesson couple years ago.. they got slammed about Christmas the year they kept the Salvation Army’s bell ringers away.


8 posted on 12/06/2010 5:45:16 AM PST by gwilhelm56 (Mr. Obama ... Orwell's 1984 was a WARNING.. NOT a TEXBOOK!)
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To: gwilhelm56

Yup-——that was a hard lesson for them.

It’s good to learn stuff (/snic).


9 posted on 12/06/2010 5:47:40 AM PST by Liz
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To: rarestia

+1


10 posted on 12/06/2010 5:56:56 AM PST by mnehring
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To: USALiberty
I don't know what a generic "holiday" is or how to celebrate it!

... here it is ... and you can celebrate it any way you like as long as you don't praise or worship Jesus

11 posted on 12/06/2010 5:58:12 AM PST by Zakeet (Like the wise Wee Wee said, "We can't be broke ... we still have checks in the checkbook.")
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To: USALiberty

I just checked the CVS, Barnes & Noble and Staples web sites. None of them went out of their way to avoid ‘Christmas’ (a gross example of which, IMO, would be a reference to “holiday trees”). CVS had ornaments listed in their ad circular as “Christmas” decorations. BN.com was selling gift cards that say “Merry Christmas” and featured a number of books with Christmas in the title. Staples is selling small “Christmas trees” (not holiday trees).

So in other words, I doubt the value of this list.


12 posted on 12/06/2010 6:02:26 AM PST by Sloth (TSA: Because 10,000,000 sexual assaults per year is justified to *possibly* prevent 300 murders.)
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To: Sloth

..and some of their so-called anti-Christmas stores aren’t even really seasonal gift stores, they are specialty stores. I’ve always thought AFA goes over the top, probably for the attention and donations. The other day they were complaining Chase Bank wasn’t putting Christmas trees in their lobby (safety policy according to a friend that works there) but they are loaded with other decorations.. still not good enough for AFA.... Political correctness goes both ways. (demanding you use or not use specific language to not offend a group sure sounds like what they are doing).


13 posted on 12/06/2010 6:05:48 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Liz

The Wal Mart close to us is overloaded with so much Christmas stuff, it is almost tacky. Must just be the one close to you. Their online store even has a “Christmas Shop”


14 posted on 12/06/2010 6:07:37 AM PST by mnehring
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To: USALiberty

Glad to see Cabela’s on the list. Buying the youngin his first rifle for Christmas. He’s been target shooting with the boy scouts and with his dad and he’s actually pretty good at it (just like his Pop!!)


15 posted on 12/06/2010 6:10:04 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Sloth

I’m a little suspect about the list too. Why is NASCAR listed as “against” Christmas? What are they supposed to do?

The only real way to tell if a company is against Christmas is if they start in with the “holiday” tree nonsense or take other things that traditionally have been called “Christmas” and rename them.


16 posted on 12/06/2010 6:24:27 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: mnehring; Liz

The one I go to is decorated inside and out, and even has
a banner that says ‘Merry Christmas’.

It is either a local thing.


17 posted on 12/06/2010 6:24:49 AM PST by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: Verbosus

Looks like they might be getting the message.......give the shoppers the Christmas spirit and they’ll spend more.


18 posted on 12/06/2010 6:28:42 AM PST by Liz
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To: All
Last year's DNC "holiday" card.

France's Szarkosy's card to Obama.


19 posted on 12/06/2010 6:30:37 AM PST by Liz
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To: mnehring

Glad to hear it.


20 posted on 12/06/2010 6:32:14 AM PST by Liz
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To: USALiberty
I called Chase Visa this morning and closed the account and SHREDDED the card in the Indian woman's ear. And made my displeasure strongly known about them offending ME a Christian.

JESUS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

21 posted on 12/06/2010 6:58:12 AM PST by GailA (NO JESUS, NO CHRISTmas!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

List update CHASE has been a grinch

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2637781/posts


22 posted on 12/06/2010 7:00:28 AM PST by GailA (NO JESUS, NO CHRISTmas!)
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To: USALiberty

I’m surprised to see NASCAR on the against list.


23 posted on 12/06/2010 7:00:35 AM PST by camerongood210
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To: Red_Devil 232
Surprised to see NASCAR in the red zone. All those bitter clingers tend to watch NASCAR, doncha know.
24 posted on 12/06/2010 7:22:30 AM PST by smokingfrog ( ><{{{{{(0>)
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To: Liz


25 posted on 12/06/2010 7:48:10 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: All; USALiberty
JESUS IS THE (ONLY) REASON FOR THE SEASON!

Actually, we're in the middle of a holiday Jesus celebrated: Hanukkah.

I don't feel threatened acknowledging it.

AFA claiming a bank is anti-Christmas by not having pagan trees in the lobby? Ridiculous!

Kwanzaa can get stuffed!

26 posted on 12/06/2010 7:54:47 AM PST by newzjunkey (expired "Bush tax cut" = Obama Tax Increase)
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To: newzjunkey
Actually, we're in the middle of a holiday Jesus celebrated: Hanukkah.

Hey, people can do what they want. But this is the CHRISTmas season and this is a CHRISTIAN nation. JESUS is the REASON for the CHRISTmas season. Stores that say "happy holiday" can get stuffed.
27 posted on 12/06/2010 11:07:04 AM PST by USALiberty
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To: USALiberty; newzjunkey

Because nothing says CHRISTmas more than someone fighting others for the latest deals at 4AM, pushing around a buggy full of Justin Beiber toys and plastic trinkets, and hollaring at someone to “Get Stuffed” because they said Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. /sarc

Maybe folks should be more concerned about living the CHRISTmas spirit than controlling other’s speech (in what they say or don’t say) because it offends them.


28 posted on 12/06/2010 12:20:26 PM PST by mnehring
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