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‘Tis the Seasons to Get Angry?

‘Tis the Seasons to Get Angry?

Each year, the American Family Association updates its annual “naughty or nice” list based on companies that “censor” Christmas. 
How does a retailer censor Christmas? By not referencing it in advertising or using the phrase “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”  Each year as the list gets updated, people become enraged. They boycott, protest, tweet and blog about the terrible companies that are “against” Christmas. 
On the top of that list are retail giants such as Banana Republic and Gap. Oddly enough, their sister company Old Navy is not “against” Christmas but is simply “marginalizing” the holiday according to AFA.  Also included on the naughty list are Victoria’s Secret, CVS and Barnes and Noble. Pro-Christmas or “Nice” companies include Amazon, Hallmark, Macy’s, Target and Toys R Us. Lowes, Walmart and Target were all targets of AFA boycotts and have since changed their advertising to appease AFA and its supporters. 
Considering all of the current injustices in the world, it’s interesting that a percentage of the Christian community chooses to focus its outrage upon retailers.  In a time that is meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus, wouldn’t it make sense to focus our time, energy and outrage on the true injustices of the world?

Here are some things to become irate over:

Be mad that unsafe water kills 42,000 people per week. Get even more angry when you realize that 90% of those deaths are children under the age of five.

Get angry when you learn that over 1,000,000 children are forced into international sex slavery each year.

What about the fact that there are 143 million orphans in the world? Don’t you want to change that?

Feel irate over the fact that 1,029,997,021 people in the world are currently malnourished or undernourished. Keep in mind that 23,459 have died from hunger today alone. 

Get furious over the fact that child abuse is more prevalent now than it was 15 years ago and that in 2007, 5.8 million children were suspected of being abused.

Get mad when you learn that 77% of children report being bullied at school.

When I look at those above numbers, I don’t quite care if I get wished Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas.

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9:52AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Thanks!

9:50AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

What I find most fascinating is that the majority of these posts are forgetting that this country was founded in Christianity. Not to slight any religion, this holiday (Dec 25th) is CHRISTMAS. Kwanza is not even the same day, nor is Hanukkah and most other holidays referred to here. This country is way too P-C. Give it a rest people and get upset about something important, like the article mentions.

12:21AM PST on Jan 7, 2011

This sounds like a joke, but, sadly, it's true. I can't believe people actually CARE about whether Christmas was or wasn't mentioned on adverts. Those people must have really empty lives, if they waste their time researching to make that "Naughty or Nice" list.

Are you Christian? Just go pray and mind your own business instead of doing such absolutely unhelpful things.

8:28AM PST on Dec 27, 2010

People are upset by "Merry Christmas" being used to sell, sell, sell as they feel religion is being used to make a buck. Merry Christmas is left out and people are once again upset but now because they feel it is not holding center stage. The author brings up a good point that there are many more things to be agry over. By doing so you'd probably rack up more points toward the admittance to heaven and would also be showing more 'christian' behaviour.

Reality check for those who it is a religious holiday, you are free to observe it how you wish. Shop away or not. For those businesses who use it as a marketing tool so be it. They grasp at most anything and most of us bite right into it. They aren't as stupid as they seem, we are.

For those upset about things made in China, China has christians who need the employment also. International trade agreements are what allows this and the US couldn't survive without them.

For those who are more upset about the number of abortions in the US you will not be able to sleep when you find out that abortions take place all over the world, even where illegal and have throughout time.

Personally I've had way to much religious agenda this past year. Remember to seperate church and state. And in consideration of my friends of many faiths...happy holidays.

8:07AM PST on Dec 27, 2010

Don't know where my 1st post went)
Sandra, You say that America has Religious Freedom & then you talk about people fighting against Christian Traditions. Many of those Christmas Christian traditions came from Yule & Saturnalia which were Pagan & Roman. Most religions have some sort of festival celebrating the return of the LIGHT. So it seems to me (& I may have misunderstood you) - that you are railing against any religious freedom besides Christianity.
If you are in business & you really have no idea what religion your customers are - Christians hardly wear large Cs on their foreheads & no one would know what it meant anyway - it makes sense for clerks to wish people Season's Greetings or Happy Holidays.
After all, there is Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Divali, Yule, Saturnalia and other festivals at this time of year also & some of them are really close to 12/25.
Besides Christmas starts showing up earlier & earlier every year. Perhaps you should look at it from some other point of view besides Christian...

7:57AM PST on Dec 27, 2010

One aisle had ghosts & goblins & the next had nativity scenes, Santa & reindeer...Thanksgiving is lumped in with Scarecrows & harvest and is usually given almost a miss now. This was the second year that I recall seeing Hanukkah items in some stores. Diwalli is skipped in most places. You don't see much Yule stuff either.
Jesus may be the reason for YOUR season. He might not be for others. There is no war on Christmas. Makes for good headlines. Helps Bill O'Reilly's ratings & Glenn Becks. Gives some Christians a cause at the very time of year Jesus was born to bring Peace... it isn't logical.

9:27PM PST on Dec 26, 2010

If retail messaging doesn't reflect religious beliefs, that IS NOT fighting against Christianity. Ironic that most Christians don't see the huge commercialization of Christmas as more of a contridiction to what Christianity is supposed to be about.

I'm glad my beliefs don't need to be validated in retail advertising.







7:52PM PST on Dec 26, 2010

It's a bit sad, but I guess it is easier to complain about small "problems" than to do something about those huge problems...

12:26PM PST on Dec 26, 2010

It always makes me wonder why if so many people come to the United States because they think it is so wonderful, yet when they get here they do nothing but complain and want to change everything about it!

12:23PM PST on Dec 26, 2010

It doesn't really matter if December 25th is the actual birth date. The date Christmas is celebrated has changed over the centuries and is still celebrated at a different time in some other countries. For people who are celebrating it for the right reason the date is not so important. What is important is what is in your heart and the reason you are keeping it.

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