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  • NYT: Christmas Past and Presents

    12/23/2004 7:35:45 AM PST · by OESY · 384+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 23, 2004 | WILLIAM B. WAITS
    FINDING the perfect gift has long been a national pastime. But the celebration of Christmas, and the culture of gift giving that accompanies the holiday, have changed significantly in America over the years. Economic and social pressures have transformed how, and with whom, we celebrate Christmas, altering it from a holiday that was at times illegal, or limited to adult parties, or a gift-giving child-centered extravaganza like today's. There are several popular misconceptions about the origins of the American version of the holiday. To start, Christmas was actually suppressed in New England's colonial days. The Puritans found no affirmative command...
  • US Retailers Say Christmas Not Just for Christians

    12/22/2004 7:07:03 PM PST · by nypokerface · 39 replies · 1,454+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/22/04 | Belinda Goldsmith
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. retailers are shrugging off critics who accuse them of snubbing the word Christmas for the sake of political correctness -- and sales. The jolly cry of "happy holidays" from an overgrown, green-clad elf directing the line waiting to visit Santa at New York's largest department store, Macy's, has irked some shoppers who want stores to put Christ back into Christmas. A California-based group called the Committee to Save Merry Christmas has urged shoppers to boycott stores owned by Federated Department Stores Inc., such as Macy's and Bloomingdale's, for omitting any reference to Christmas. Meanwhile, Pastor...
  • The C-word' is making a comeback

    12/21/2004 8:46:47 PM PST · by freedomdefender · 107 replies · 1,813+ views
    yahoo ^ | Dec 21, 2004 | John Leo
    This column's far-flung staff has just visited two of the big anti-Christmas stores here in New York. First stop was Macy's, where the formerly famous feast day has pretty much been obliterated. No reference to Christmas on the main floor. But high up in the store's nosebleed section (ninth floor, furniture), shoppers may notice "Holiday Lane," a collection of generically decorated Christmas trees and a few gift items. John Leo The forbidden C-word is hard to find, though sharp-eyed column staffers noticed it twice, in little corners labeled "A Country Christmas" and "A Traditional Christmas." Sadly, some minor Torquemada of...
  • CNN's Dobbs: "Happy Holidays" "exclude[s] everyone who is celebrating Christmas"

    12/19/2004 11:00:19 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 44 replies · 1,166+ views
    lou dobb tonight ^ | Dec 17 04 | lou dobbs
    From the December 15 Lou Dobbs Tonight: ROMANS: Lou, Macy's is adamant it's not trying to offend anyone, just the opposite. It's doing just what other businesses do, retail and otherwise. It's trying very hard not to exclude anyone. That's why "Season's Greetings, Happy Holidays" is better. DOBBS: Well, they've just excluded everyone who is celebrating Christmas, which is, after all, the foundation of the so-called season in which they make most of their profits. ROMANS: Moving definitely toward not offending anyone. DOBBS: You know, when you think about it, "Happy Holidays" -- what other holidays are we celebrating right...
  • Macy's Sales Flyer

    12/18/2004 7:56:03 AM PST · by Scarpetta · 31 replies · 1,430+ views
    I got the Macy's sales flyer yesterday. The headline read "Last Weekend to Shop Before the Big Day." No where did Macy's specify what the "Big Day" was. Macy's is willing to use the celebration of Christ's birth to increase profits, but certainly won't use the actual name of the holiday in its advertising campaigns. Disgusting and despicable. Boycott this godless, money-grubbing company.
  • Macy's Nixing 'Merry Christmas'?

    12/09/2004 5:29:25 PM PST · by courageous · 61 replies · 1,715+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 12/03/04 | Newsmax
    Macys Nixing Merry Christmas? The store made internationally famous by the Christmas classic "Miracle on 34th Street" is reportedly phasing out any direct mention of the holiday in this year's seasonal promotions. "Instead of Merry Christmas the message appearing in ads and store displays is 'Season's Greetings' or 'Happy Holidays,'" reports WABC Radio newsman George Weber.
  • Post Office Treats Christmas Stamp Like Pornography; Sells It from 'Under the Counter'

    12/08/2004 12:21:57 AM PST · by torqemada · 152 replies · 3,881+ views
    Human Events ^ | Mike Thompson
    Saturday after Thanksgiving is the traditional day to purchase stamps for my annual Christmas card mailing... [snip] So, shortly before noon on that most recent post-turkey day, I sauntered into a neighborhood "U.S. Postal Store," [snip] and headed for the stamps-only section. I quickly found a packed wall of display racks offering a panoply of first-class postage devoted to the various elements of the year-end holiday season, specifically: 1) Christmas, featuring colorful, contemporary designs of Santa Claus with an array of inanimate, secular Yule symbols; 2) Kwanzaa, with not just one but two stamps promoting a totally fabricated "harvest holiday"...
  • CHRISTMAS is NOT under attack!

    12/07/2004 5:22:20 PM PST · by KMC1 · 30 replies · 2,071+ views
    WMCA - New York ^ | 12.7.2004
    CHRISTMAS IS NOT THE TARGET: Much has been written and discussed in talk radio and on the internet this holiday season as to why certain decisions are being made when it comes to certain symbols of Christmas. I have seen or heard stories along these lines on all of the following topics just in the past 24 hours... 1. TARGET vs. Salvation Army 2. Macys banning "Merry Christmas" 3. Bloomingdales banning "Merry Christmas" 4. The Denver Parade of Lights banning "Christmas" floats 5. Maplewood Schools in New Jersey banning all Christmas and Hannukah music from its Winter Concert. 6. Bloomberg proclaiming the NYC no longer...
  • Macy's defends their disuse of the term "Christmas"

    12/06/2004 10:45:10 AM PST · by PetroniusMaximus · 77 replies · 2,021+ views ^ | Dec 2004 | Macy's / Federated Website
    Federated has no policy with regard to the use of specific references to Christmas in any of its divisional advertising or promotions. Our divisions are free to advertise in their local markets in any manner they choose. This includes using the phrase Merry Christmas if they believe it is appropriate to do so. Additionally, our stores recognize and celebrate Christmas in a variety of ways, including Christmas decorations, Christmas music, Christmas-themed merchandise and Christmas trim-a-tree shops. And since our employees are free to wish any customer a Merry Christmas, you will frequently hear such expressions of holiday cheer in our...
  • TARGET Still GRINCHING the Salvation Army...

    12/06/2004 10:19:14 AM PST · by KMC1 · 56 replies · 3,735+ views
    WMCA - New York ^ | 12.06.2004
    TARGET THE GRINCH:And the beat goes on... According to this morning's USA Today, Target Inc.  is sticking to its plan to kick the Salvation Army to the curb throughout this holiday season. For those of you late to this story, Target stores had long allowed the Salvation Army to be the only charity that raised funds outside their stores using their famous red kettles and the cheerful sound of Christmas Bells. This year the good will from the red bulls-eye came to an end.  According to the USA Today the impact will leave the Salvation Army short about 9 million dollars...
  • Happy Nondescript Secular Winter Holiday: Shopping for The Unspeakable

    12/04/2004 8:31:56 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 35 replies · 886+ views
    One of the best things about living in America is if you have a sufficient amount of money, you can buy just about anything on the planet legally. You might have to make some phone calls and wait for a while, but eventually you can purchase anything you want. But as anyone who has ever picked the name of the person who wants ''nothing special,'' in the office gift exchange, or has the child who does NOT want the ''Super Plus Dragon Head Crushing Mega-Poke-Zord-o-Saur'' can tell you, some of the hardest things to find are the simplest Such was...
  • A lump of coal in Denver's stocking (for banning the term "Christmas")

    12/02/2004 4:39:30 AM PST · by mhking · 56 replies · 1,903+ views
    Ramblings' Journal ^ | 12.2.04 | Michael King
    Denver's holiday traditions include a Christmas Parade and the lighting of the City and County Building in downtown Denver.Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper recently announced that the phrase "MERRY CHRISTMAS" on the outside of the building will be changed to "HAPPY HOLIDAYS," in yet another politically correct attack on the institution of Christmas. And while they're at it, the city is stopping a church group from participating in the annual "Parade of Lights", and singing Christmas Carols.Parade organizers claim that Christmas Carols may be offensive to some people....a church group who wants to march in the Parade of Lights and sing...
  • Christmastime event is no-Christian zone ( 'holy homosexuals' OK for parade)

    12/02/2004 1:11:39 AM PST · by ETERNAL WARMING · 43 replies · 1,642+ views
    WND ^ | December 2, 2004 | Joe Kovacs
    HOLIDAY BLUES Christmastime event is no-Christian zone Santa, 'holy homosexuals' OK for parade, but no floats with direct religious themes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: December 2, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Joe Kovacs © 2004 In the latest skirmish over Christmas in America, a Christian group is not allowed to participate in Denver's annual Parade of Lights, because church members sought to sing yuletide hymns and proclaim a "Merry Christmas" message on their float. However, the event, now in its 30th year, will include homosexual American Indians, Kung Fu artisans, belly dancers and, of course, Santa Claus. "I think there's an...
  • MY CHRISTMAS CRUSADE (Michelle Malkin is organizing against those taking Christ out of Christmas)

    12/02/2004 12:10:30 AM PST · by Stoat · 128 replies · 6,117+ views
    Michelle Malkin's Blog ^ | December 2, 2004 | Michelle Malkin
    MY CHRISTMAS CRUSADE  By Michelle Malkin   ·   December 02, 2004 02:36 AM The persecution never ends. Denver has launched war against a church group that wanted to march in the city's Christmas parade "Parade of Lights." (I hate, hate, hate that p.c. euphemism.)From the Denver Post: Parade Organizers Say Christmas Carols May Be Offensive To Others Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper recently announced that next year the phrase "Merry Christmas" will be removed from the city building and replaced with "Happy Holidays." And now a church group who wants to march in the Parade of Lights and sing Christmas carols...
  • Response from Macys- Regarding an earlier post (Vanity)

    12/01/2004 7:05:15 AM PST · by killthedonkey · 61 replies · 1,572+ views
    This is the response I recieved from Federated after I informed them that I will no longer be shopping in thier stores, in response to an earlier post that 'Macy's stores boycotted for replacing 'Christmas' Dear Mrs. Florez: Thank you for your comments. Let me assure you that Federated Department Stores does, indeed, recognize and celebrate Christmas in everything from Christmas decorations and music to Christmas merchandise and trim-a-tree shops in our stores. And then, of course, there is Santa Claus -- the star of our Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! There are, however, many diverse cultures represented in American society...
  • Macy's stores boycotted for replacing 'Christmas'

    11/30/2004 10:07:49 PM PST · by ETERNAL WARMING · 67 replies · 7,385+ views
    WND ^ | Posted: December 1, 2004 | staff
    HOLIDAY BLUES Macy's stores boycotted for replacing 'Christmas' Effort punishes 'Miracle on 34th Street' icon, claims chain offending millions of customers -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: December 1, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 Immortalized in a 1947 Christmas movie classic, Macy's is now the focus of a boycott campaign protesting the department-store chain's replacement of "Merry Christmas" with politically correct greetings. 1947 Christmas classic "Miracle on 34th Street" featured Macy's department store A group called the Committee to Save Merry Christmas says Macy's and its umbrella Federated Department Stores have ignored several requests that "Merry Christmas" signs be returned and that...
  • Is it just me, or is the Macy's parade god-awful this year?

    11/25/2004 7:43:00 AM PST · by TheRatHunter · 21 replies · 437+ views
    Just curious if anyone noticed how bad it is. I don't know, maybe it's just the fact that on NBC more time is spent watching Katie Couric and Matt "Doesn't Know He's Bald" Laurer yapping their egotistical heads off than is actually spent on the cameras watching the parade. Any thoughts?
  • Wind and Rain Threaten Annual Macy's Parade in New York

    11/25/2004 2:00:54 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 13 replies · 1,593+ views
    aolnews ^ | 11 25 04 | SEWELL CHAN,
    NEW YORK, NY. (Nov. 24) - Will the sky fall on Chicken Little? Rain and strong gusts could ground that doom-saying worrywart - one of three additions to this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade - and 14 other helium-filled balloons, organizers said yesterday. A cold front is expected to enter the New York metropolitan region tomorrow, bringing sustained winds of 10 to 20 miles an hour and gusts of 30 or more miles an hour, said two meteorologists, Jeff Warner of Pennsylvania State University and Brett Zweiback of Metro Weather Service, a company in Valley Stream, N.Y. "There's definitely a...
  • COURTING GAYS (Companies compete for "gay" market)

    11/05/2004 1:33:57 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 69 replies · 3,041+ views
    The New York Post ^ | November 5, 2004 | Paul Tharp
    Big companies are hoping to marry their brands to gays and lesbians this weekend — about 20,000 of them. In the first days after the presidential election — in which gay marriage proved to be a pivotal issue — the nation's biggest exposition on homosexual life is setting attendance records. Booths for exhibitors are also sold out for the first time at the Javits Center, which since 1999 has hosted Gay Life Expo, one of the center's liveliest trade shows. Companies ranging from Citigroup and American Express to Jet Blue and J.P. Morgan Chase are hawking their offerings to the...
  • NYPD Breaks Up Bomb Plot

    08/27/2004 9:02:41 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 103 replies · 3,820+ views
    WNBC 4 TV New York | 08/28/04 | NBC4 New York
    Men wanted to blow up bomb in 34th Street/Herald Square station. Men of Middle-Eastern descent. No ties to convention. More to follow...