Archive for the ‘Nice’ Category

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.

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 25, 2009

All in all, we’ve seen some very significant advancements against the Grinches in the war on Christmas just since last year…

  • More retailers have returned to using the word “Christmas” in their in-store displays and in their TV, radio, and online advertising (especially Wal-Mart and Kohl’s; and Lowes and K-Mart to a lesser extent).
  • Some retailers (like Hobby Lobby and Bass Pro Shops) never waivered.
  • The Hollywood Christmas Parade returned after a one-year stint as the Hollywood Holiday Parade (see post below).
  • Services like DISH Network advertised boldly with a very fun Christmas theme.
  • The Patchogue Christmas Parade returned.

Nevertheless, the Grinches in corporate HR departments, public indoctrination centers (aka, schools), etc. still refuse to acknowledge Christmas. 

Continue to cheerfully and unabashedly wish others a Merry Christmas with every opportunity and share your experiences here on Where’s Christmas?

Until next year, may God bless you and yours, and may you all have a very Merry Christmas 🙂

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.

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.

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.

We DISH You a Merry Christmas

December 2, 2009

Here’s a wonderful commercial from the Nice folks at DISH Network.

I’m going to see about ditching my cable service and switching to DISH 🙂

After the video is done, check out the related video from Bill O’Reilly, who calls them Patriots for their unabashed celebration of Christmas.

Please be sure to send a note of thanks and encouragement to Robin.Zimmerman@dishnetwork.com at DISH Network for providing me with the imbed code so I can share their video with my loyal readers.

Christmas Makes a Comeback in Patchogue

November 3, 2009

Due to our support here at Where’s Christmas?  I received this email from Phil Butler just this morning:

from: Phil Butler
date: Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 8:08 AM
subject: Christmas Holiday Boat Parade 

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Great News – No more holiday boat parade in Patchogue–it has been agreed and accepted that this year and for ever more the boat parade will be called the: 

Christmas Holiday Boat Parade

So please spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors to come to the 16th Annual Christmas Boat Parade on Sunday, November 22nd and join the fun and excitement as big and small boats parade from Shorefront Park to head of the Harbor fully decorated in lights, colors and the spirit of Christmas.  The Grucci Family will again donate the fireworks with the arrival of Santa Claus.

For those who e-mailed us last year, thank you very much and please be assured that your support and encouragement greatly helped and was most appreciated and if you wish to help us make this the biggest and best Christmas Boat Parade on all of Long Island, you can again help; to do so, simply mail a donation as follows:

Sponsorship of the Best Boat Christmas Decorations $500.00
Sponsorship of the Best Boat Theme …………………..$250.00
To donate any amount from…………………$25.00 to $100.00

Simply mail us sponsorship or donation to:
Christmas ‘n Patchogue Committee
38 West 1st Street
Patchogue, NY 11772

Philip Butler
Chairman
Christmas ‘n Patchogue Committee

Thanks to all of you who called and wrote in last year to express your support for the Christmas Parade.  This is just one of several examples I’m planning to post this year of success stories I’ve witnessed since last year.  The Grinchs are feeling the push back, so be encouraged and continue to speak out in support of Christmas!

Take a moment to email your support to Phil Butler: PButler@grucci.com

Lowe’s Celebrates Christmas!

October 17, 2009

Lowes is ready to celebrate Christmas this year.  I received their 10-19-09 weekly ad in the mail and was very pleased to see Christmas prominently displayed on the front cover:

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Next to the photo of a 7’ Airblown Santa in the upper right corner of the cover, the text reads, “See our Christmas decor now in store.” 

This is progress from their 2007 debacle when they referred to their Christmas Trees as “Holiday trees”. 

Send them a note of encouragement and tell them you’ll shop for your Christmas decorations at Lowes this year.

Hobby Lobby Celebrates Christmas

December 27, 2008

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Okay, just one more…

Here’s a great retailer (we don’t have here in CA, unfortunately): Hobby Lobby.

Each Christmas and Easter since 1997, founder and CEO David Green spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to place these wonderful full-page ads in newspapers all across the country.

To see the ads, click on the “Holiday Messages” link at the lower right of their home page.  Hobby Lobby allows you to print the ads from their website.

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Merry Christmas to David Green and all the folks at Hobby Lobby!

Be sure to visit one of their 406 stores in 33 states, or shop at their website for all your craft and hobby supply, picture framing, jewelry making, fashion fabric, floral, greeting card, party, basket, wearable art, and home accent needs!

 

Lenox Celebrates Christmas!

December 9, 2008

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Here’s a company that celebrates Christmas: Lenox!

“It is my will and desire that Lenox, Incorporated shall at all times manufacture the highest possible grades of porcelain, that the standard of excellence already attained shall ever be advanced…”
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Walter Scott LenoxSince 1889 the vision of Walter Scott Lenox has guided the company he founded to set the highest standards for quality, artistry, and beauty.  Today Lenox is among the world’s oldest and most respected names in fine tableware and giftware — favored by presidents, displayed in museums, honored with awards, and enjoyed in homes across America.  Come explore the story of Lenox as it grows from one man’s conviction into the country’s foremost maker of china, crystal and metal gifts.

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Christmas Ornaments, Christmas Figurines, Christmas Entertaining, a Nativity set, Christmas Cheer, 12 Days of Christmas…all make Lenox a Nice manufacturer and retailer!

Famous for their beautiful annual Christmas Tree Ornaments, china patterns, vases, crystal ware, giftware, metal gifts and collectible figures – Lenox has been one of America’s favorite collectibles for well over a hundred years now.

Merry Christmas Lenox!