weekend question.jpgLiberty Counsel has published its “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign ‘Naughty & Nice List'” of national merchants that do and don’t acknowledge the premiere holiday this season, CHRISTmas.
CNS News reports stores are getting in the Christmas spirit again, after a low point 4 years ago…

Mathew Staver, founder and president of [Liberty] Counsel… said that his organization began its… [c]ampaign 7 years ago to support Christmas and fight its censorship in the public square…. Staver said[2005] seemed to represent the pinnacle of anti-Christmas sentiment….
That year stores like Wal-Mart, Sears and K-Mart made the “naughty” list for forbidding their employees to wish customers “Merry Christmas” and using the label “holiday” in stores to describe Christmas merchandise ranging from trees to decorations.

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But since then, Staver said the trend has been that more and more businesses have been putting Christmas back into their seasonal promotions and moving from the counsel’s “naughty” to its “nice list” – including Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Sears.
The first year, the “naughty” and “nice” lists were about the same length, but this year the “nice list” is significantly longer, Staver said….
“They said that they were trying to be inclusive and sensitive,” Staver said. “The fact is, they’re being insensitive to a holiday that’s celebrated by the majority of Americans and people around the world.”…

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Almost 30 businesses, however, remain on the “naughty” list for Christmas censorship….
Staver said it’s really up to consumers to send a message by supporting businesses who support Christmas.
“Every consumer should make a list and check it twice, stop patronizing retailers which are naughty and shop at those which are nice,” Staver said in a press release announcing the release of the annual list. “Retailers which seek to profit from Christmas while pretending it does not exist should realize they have offended the vast majority of Americans who enjoy Christmas.
“Customers have a choice, and they will not patronize corporate Scrooges,” Staver said.

My husband and I did some marathon Christmas shopping this week and found much more sensitivity to Christ following store customers.
It was a good week on this topic generally speaking. I attended my grandson’s public school Christmas program and noted the children sang several songs about Christ and baby Jesus. (We did pass a bulletin board acknowledging Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and Pancha Ganapati along with Christmas, but Christmas was the central focal point.)
So what has been your experience out in the gift selling and public school worlds this Christmas season?

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