Archive for the ‘Christmas Shopping’ Category

AFA Naughty or Nice List is Published

November 11, 2014

Here’s AFA’s Naughty or Nice List for 2015.

Six retailers received their highest rating:

These retailers were at the bottom of their list:

Remember, you “vote” with your dollars.

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Macy’s Defends LGBT More Than Christmas

December 6, 2011

 

"Christmas" is Back in Vogue with many retailers that have begun to realize on which side their bread has always been buttered.  For some, like Macy’s, the reality that Christmas keeps them in business was denied as long as possible before agreeing this year that “Christmas” was okay to mention now and then.

How is it, though, that Macy’s is so quick to defend male cross-dressers using the ladies’ changing room?  Answer: political correctness run amok.

In their efforts to avoid offending anyone, Macy’s concludes, in its infinite wisdom, that men should be able to change in the ladies’ room and that “Christmas” is an unutterably offensive word.

Political correctness is batty, berserk, bonkers, chaotic, confused, cracked, crazed, defective, disordered, disorganized, erratic, flipped, a mess,  insane, mad, messy, nuts, out of order, out of whack, out to lunch, psycho, schizophrenic, screwball, screwy, touched, unbalanced, unglued, unhinged, wacky, and leaves everything it touches in pieces.  Choke the beast…avoid PC-ism at all costs, and in all its ugly forms.

Spend your Christmas dollars elsewhere and let’s see if the cross-dressers can keep Macy’s from going out-of-business.

Advances in the War Against Christmas

December 3, 2011

America has spoken, and the message is clear: we are tired of political correctness for the sake of those who “may be offended.”

The American Family Association published it’s 2011 Naughty & Nice list and so has the Liberty Council.

One day after the AFA’s threat to boycott Walgreens for blatantly ignoring Christmas in their advertisements, Walgreens responded:

November 22, 2011

Walgreens’ consumer relations has apologized for offending customers by labeling dozens of Christmas-specific items as "holiday" in its pre-Thanksgiving newspaper inserts last Sunday.

In responding to thousands of phone calls, Walgreens community affairs director John Gremer issued a statement to AFA, which says, in part:
"During the months of October and November, we make greater use of the word ‘holiday’ to include celebrations such as Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. But as Christmas Day draws closer, you’ll see more references to the word ‘Christmas.’ That includes the message, ‘Merry Christmas,’ which will be on the front of our newspaper sales insert on Dec. 25.

"We fully agree with you that – while we’re helping customers celebrate a variety of holidays during this time of year – we should continue and increase the use of the word ‘Christmas’ when referring to items specifically for the Christmas holiday."

AFA is grateful to Walgreens for its response and willingness to listen to customer concerns. As a result, AFA is suspending its "Christmas Boycott" of Walgreens.

Support those who recognize that Christmas is what keeps them in the black.

Merry Tossmas!

November 24, 2010

As we enter into the 2010 Christmas season, here’s an oldie but goodie…

Way back near the beginning of the Left’s assault on Christmas, CitizenLink Managing Editor Stuart Shepard created this 2007 video about a strange new phenomenon: receiving ‘holiday’ catalogs in his mailbox.  Stuart shares his idea for a new holiday in this Stoplight video commentary.

As we celebrate Christmas this year, let us not forget about Tossmas 😉

To learn when new Stoplights videos are posted, subscribe to the CitizenLink Daily Update from Focus on the Family Action: http://www.citizenlink.org.

Christmas is Making a Comeback!

December 21, 2009

Suddenly this year, “Christmas” is increasingly back in style.  Though some retailers (virtually all the drug store chains; Best Buy; and Gap, which owns Old Navy, Banana Republic, Forth & Towne and Piperlime for example) continue to ignore Christmas, many retailers like Wal-Mart and Bass Pro Shops lead the way in unabashedly attracting Christmas shoppers in their advertising.  Others (Lowes, K-Mart) seem to be returning to their senses, while others (Hobby lobby) never left theirs.

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Outside the retail world, Christmas is making a comeback…in leaps and bounds.  For example, last year’s Hollywood Christmas Parade went to great lengths to explain the rationale for suddenly changing the name to the Hollywood Santa Parade (for good reason – click the link to their website and read it yourself). 

Known as the Santa Claus Lane Parade since its inception in 1928, the parade was renamed in 1978 as the Hollywood Christmas Parade in order to attract more celebrities.

2009 Hollywood Christmas ParadeThis year, however, and with no explanation at all, the name is back to the Hollywood Christmas Parade.  Although the parade is broadcast live the day after Thanksgiving, you can still catch it December 10th and December 24th 8:00-10:00p, local time (7:00p Central time) on MyNetworkTV.

Here’s a well done article from 2008 in the Examiner called The Christmas vs. Holiday Battle Ensues.

The True Saint Nicholas

December 20, 2009

The True Saint Nicholas by William J. Bennett: Book Cover

If you’ve ever been asked, "Who is Saint Nicholas?"…

If you’ve ever wondered if he is just a commercial invention…

If you’ve ever thought there is no such person…

You may be surprised to know the true Saint Nicholas.

You’ll never again think of Santa Claus in quite the same way.

An instant classic by one of America’s most respected thinkers, The True Saint Nicholas is a book to be shared with family and friends every year to evoke the true spirit of Christmas.

Listen to a 5 minute audio clip of Laura Ingraham’s interview of Bill Bennett about this new book (opens in Windows Media Player).

Click on the image above to read the first chapter…and order the book.

Macy’s Christmas Window Display

December 19, 2009

Ever been to New York at Christmastime?  Me neither.  But thanks to the nice folks at travelistic.com, we can all enjoy the Christmas display windows at Macy’s.

The Man Who Invented Christmas

December 18, 2009

Standing outside an airport bookstore last month killing time before boarding, my eyes scanned the new books on display…Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue, Glenn Beck’s Arguing With Idiots, Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny…so many books, so little time.

Then, a few inches above floor level on the bottom shelf I spotted a small book with a beautiful cover…but the title is what grabbed me: The Man Who Invented Christmas.

“Another attack on Christmas,” I thought, assuming it was a story about some evil capitalist pig responsible for the commercialization of Christmas and rendering it nothing more than any other holiday.

Curiosity got the best of me, so I picked it up and read as much as I could in the 10-15 minutes before my flight.  Not near enough time, but what I was able to read certainly convinced me that I need to get this book and read it.

Not some toy company CEO, or Macy’s board of directors, or ad agency is the subject of Les Standiford’s latest book.  The subject is no less than Charles Dickens: the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and one of the most popular of all time.  Standiford describes…

…how a struggling Charles Dickens came to write the small book that would transform a somber, faded holiday into the celebration of charity and good cheer we know today.

Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist.

The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution. It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.

I still haven’t had the time to read the book, but I will (famous last words).  If you’ve read it, please comment and share your review with the rest of us.

StandForChristmas.com

December 17, 2009

Visit the website of this customer-focused rate-a-retailer campaign conducted by “Stand for Christmas” (by Focus on the Family Action), where consumers can post their ratings based on their shopping experiences.  The clear message is: don’t spend your Christmas dollars at the stores owned by Naughty retailers who don’t acknowledge Christmas.

Free ShutterFly Photo Book

November 16, 2009

 

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11-16-2009: TODAY ONLY!!  Click the link to create one photo book from ShutterFly…for FREE!  You only pay a small amount for shipping.  I just finished ordering mine, and it came to a total of only $5.14 for 20 pages.

After you finish creating your photo book, be sure to enter the promotional code MYBOOK at checkout in order to receive this offer.