I am a Christian, and it really upsets me that so many stores are willing to recognize other winter holidays such as Hanukkah (forgive me if that is spelled wrong) and Kwanzaa, but not Christmas. I know not everyone is Christian, and am not offended by those celebrating the above holidays, however most of the people I have spoken to that are not Christian, or know people who aren't Christian, say they and those they know are not offended by those saying "Merry Christmas." So why is Christ being taken out of Christmas? Below are a list of companies who have chosen to do so. Please take some time to let them know that this upsets you. This list was given to me by a friend of mine, so if any links/emails don't work I apologize.
These companies have banned "Christmas" from their retail ads, in-store promotions or television commercials.
Please take time to let them know you are offended by their anti-Christian and anti-Christmas bias. Their contact information is below.
We cannot stress to strongly how important it is for you to be firm, yet very kind in your correspondence with these companies. Please be respectful and choose your words wisely.
In addition, companies marked with an asterisk* have gone so far as to substitute the phrase "Holiday or Dream trees" instead of "Christmas trees" in their promotions.
* Target (612) 304-6073 Guest.Relations@target.com
UPDATE - AFA ENDS BOYCOTT
Click Here to read the AFA Press Release
In their official statement, Target said: “Over the course of the next few weeks, our advertising, marketing and merchandising will become more specific to the holiday that is approaching – referring directly to holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah. For example, you will see reference to Christmas in select television commercials, circulars and in-store signage."
Original Target Issue Concern:
Target refuses to use the word "Christmas" in any of their corporate advertising. Their latest 36-page ad insert did use the phrase "holiday" 31 times. In addition, Target has banned the Salvation Army bell ringers from their stores, but opted to sell items online for customers to donate to the Salvation Army. Ironically, Target doesn't give a single cent to them, but profits from your purchase. They also charge you to ship the item to the Salvation Army.
Nordstrom (206) 628-2111 President Blake W. Nordstrom firstname.lastname@example.org
On their "holiday shipping" section of the website, they only refer to "December 25." Their catalogs do not mention the word "Christmas." Mr. Nordstrom says he welcomes your comments.
* Sears (847) 286-2500 email@example.com
Sears, owned by Kmart, is advertising "Holiday" trees on page seven of their circular. It also was noticeably absent of the word "Christmas." UPDATE: Sears has confirmed that it now displays a sign reading "Merry Christmas" at the entrance to its stores nationwide.
Walgreens (847) 940-2500 President Jeffery Rien -Jeff.Rein@walgreens.com
Because of your efforts, Walgreens has released the following response in 2006: "Next year (2007), you can be assured our advertising will better incorporate 'Christmas,' and our holiday trees will be called Christmas trees. Unfortunately, all of this year’s December ads are already printed, so it's too late to make changes for this season."
(Just for the record, I (Tracey) looked at their online ad for this week- all the Christmas-themed items say "holiday" socks or "holiday" gloves- the only reference to Christmas I found was for Christmas pencils!)
Lowe's (800) 445-6937
We are pleased to update you about Lowe’s sale of Christmas trees. Lowe’s informed the AFA that it is removing banners referring to “holiday trees” from its stores (the actual product signs inside Lowe’s stores did say Christmas trees, but the outside banner did not). Lowe’s says it has proudly sold Christmas trees in its stores for decades, and continues to do so this year in all of its stores nationwide. All 49 varieties of live and artificial trees at Lowe’s and on Lowes.com are labeled as Christmas trees.
Lowe’s assures AFA that the language on the banner was a mistake, and was not in any way an attempt to remove Christmas from the season.
We applaud Lowe’s for listening to its customers and responding to their concerns. Just as we alerted Lowe’s to our concerns, now let’s show them our support by sending thank you emails and shopping in their stores.
Office Max (877) 484-3629 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Max offers no "Christmas" in their advertising.
Kmart (800) 635-6278 email@example.com
Kmart promotes a "Holiday Sale" on their website. Links to the trees webpage asks if you "Need it by Christmas," but refers you to its "Holiday Shipping Dates" section.
Staples (800) 378-2753 firstname.lastname@example.org
In searching for "Christmas" on their website, results show only three matches. Staples ads avoid using "Christmas."
Best Buy (888) 237-8289 email@example.com
Best Buy offers no "Christmas" in their advertising.
Kohl's UPDATE: Kohl's has provided AFA with a corporate statement. They dispute the charge made on The O'Reilly Factor and provided a letter stating they "would use the word 'Christmas' in some of our advertising." AFA is pleased to let you know that this in, in fact, the case. Kohl's asks us to inform you of their plans to incorporate "Christmas" in future advertising. We appreciate Kohl's listening to their customers concerns and responding in kind.
These companies have banned "Christmas" from their television commercials. In a review of commercials aired on prime-time broadcast network, these companies clearly marketed their ads to Christmas shoppers without using the word "Christmas."
In a total of 116 commercials, only 11 (9%) included the word "Christmas" in the ad.
Therese Van Ryne Public Relations Manager
David H. Sternblitz, Vice President
Julian C. Day, President and Chief Executive Officer
Emails to Outback are being rejected with the message, "Your message was deleted without being read." You may wish to make a personal call.
Stephanie Amberg, Director of public relations firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris T. Sullivan Chairman of the Board email@example.com
A. William Allen, III Chief Executive Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Benjamin P. Novello President, Outback Steakhouse email@example.com
Old Navy is proud of their anti-Christmas stance, simply referring to the "holiday" (Christmas) as nothing more than a tradition.
Susan Busch Director, Corporate Public Relations
612-292-4000, ext 4
Stephen M. Carter, Chief Executive Officer
Tom Corran, SVP IR and corporate communications
973 404 2600
Merianne Kimmel Roth, Senior PR Manager
Darden Media Relations firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe R. Lee, Chairman & CEO email@example.com
Bruce Nelson Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
James (Jim) M. Kilts Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President
John F. Manfredi SVP Corporate Affairs
Laurie, Ellison, Executive Director of Communications
Monroe G. Milstein – Chairman, President, and CEO
Gail Carvelli Media Relations Manager
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