Before You Go Christmas Shopping, Please Check List of Stores Banning “Christmas”

Posted on November 26, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , |

I am sick of companies disrespecting me. I’m done with them.

Many of the chain stores want my Christmas money, but will not acknowledge Christmas. That exploits me and is the ultimate insult to the true meaning of the holiday.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ.

Christmas is not a free for all spending spree for no just cause. Hello?

The AFA was kind enough to post their naughty and nice list to help inform us all which stores not to shop at.

Don’t stop, however, with just not shopping at their store. That won’t do. They will merely chalk it up to the bad economy. You must call or email them using the information provided by the AFA and let them know WHY you will not be shopping at their store.

If they want our Christmas money, they need to participate in Christmas. It’s that simple.

If you really want to have some fun, make sure you cheerfully tell all checkers and cashiers Merry Christmas this year. You’ll be surprised how many will look at you as if you just insulted their Mother.

Start your boycott of these stores with the black friday specials… and unless they change their policy, DO NOT SHOP THERE THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON.

The American Family Association posts the following on their site:

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.comUPDATE – 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 
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
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 –

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.”

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 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.  Click Here To Thank Lowe’s Now!

Office Max   (877) 484-3629
Office Max offers no “Christmas” in their advertising.
Kmart   (800) 635-6278
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
In searching for “Christmas” on their website, results show only three matches. Staples ads avoid using “Christmas.”
Best Buy   (888) 237-8289
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.

SC Johnson
Therese Van Ryne Public Relations Manager


L.L. Bean

David H. Sternblitz, Vice President

Julian C. Day, President and Chief Executive Officer


Outback Steakhouse

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

Chris T. Sullivan Chairman of the Board

A. William  Allen, III Chief Executive Officer

Benjamin P. Novello President, Outback Steakhouse


Old Navy

Old Navy is proud of their anti-Christmas stance, simply referring to the “holiday” (Christmas) as nothing more than a tradition. 





Best Buy
Susan Busch Director, Corporate Public Relations
612-292-4000, ext 4

Stephen M. Carter, Chief Executive Officer

Reckitt Benckiser
Tom Corran, SVP IR and corporate communications
973 404 2600

Pier 1
Merianne Kimmel Roth, Senior PR Manager

Red Lobster
Darden Media Relations
Joe R. Lee, Chairman & CEO

Office Depot
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

Burlington Coat
Monroe G. Milstein – Chairman, President, and CEO
Phone: 609-387-7800


Gail Carvelli Media Relations Manager
401) 431-8697  


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Corporate Amercia sold its soul to the PC crowd long ago. I will do my Christmas shopping at my locally owned small business where they still cheerfully wish me a Merry Christmas.

Shopping locally may cost a bit more, but it is money well spent. You are suppoting a hard working family, the dollars you spend stay in your community. Small businesses strive to find unique gifts, often hand-crafted locally that are not sold at the big box stores.

The service one receives at a small business is amazing. If you haven’t visited a small business lately because you always to to the big boxes. step back in time and enjoy the experience.

A politically correct mindset is the reason these businesses don’t use the word ‘Christmas’. They can drop the word as not to offend none- christians & because christians will roll over; sales won’t be jeoradized in the process. It’s a win/win. Christians need to get pissed. We are a majority. We can definately effect sales. But, we won’t & all businesses know it. They’re able to deny the very religious holiday that keeps many of these businesses afloat. It’s absolutely arrogant. These businesses need to reverse this trend & show emmense appreciation to the vast MAJORITY of their shoppers. We’re not asking them to put up a big ‘Thank you chirstians’ sign. Just acknowledge Christmas in their ads & in thier stores. That would be thanks enough. But, they won’t because there is no pressure to do so. And, why should they actually expect pressure from nice passive christians, right.

Shame on every store or industry that prevents
the very special holiday wish of Merry Christmas to be present in their stores or advertising. I will not shop in not shop in any of them. Shame Shame!

I absolutely will not shop in a store that does not display signs have signs stating Merry Christmas. Shame on all the stores or any industry!

Shame on every store or industry that will not
display a sign in their stores with the special

Instead of not shoppin’ in not shoppin’ in any of these establishments just go talk to one of the managers of one of these est. & see how far that gets ya’. I give Christmas … oh about 4 more generations. It’ll be a long lost holiday that your great grandchildren will only hear stories about. Instead of trying to do something to preserve Christmas lets just go ahead & mock the hell out of it. We are so affraid to offend minorities. Although, you can go ahead & offend the hell out of the majoirty all you want.I think it’s the double standard that drives my comment rather than these companies’ blatant denial of the most widely celebrated holiday in America. It’s a “Holiday Sale” not a “Christmas Sale”. That to me is denial. If this continues to go un-challenged Christmas’ days are numbered.

i will send all of these companies and. email from three different places and Christmas cards. ALSO; I WILL DO MY BEST NOT TO SHOP AT THESE STORES ANY MORE


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