Wal Mart Puts Christmas Back In Christmas

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    With the holidays coming, the annual war on Christmas with start. However, Wal Mart has learned its lesson, and I want to share the good news


    Wal-Mart wishes you a Merry Christmas
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    By Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY
    Wal-Mart will put "Christmas" back into the holidays this year, the retailer plans to announce Thursday.
    A year after religious and other groups boycotted retailers, including Wal-Mart (WMT), for downplaying Christmas, the world's largest retail chain will have an in-your-face Christmas theme this year.

    "We, quite frankly, have learned a lesson from last year," says Wal-Mart spokeswoman Linda Blakley. "We're not afraid to use the term 'Merry Christmas.' We'll use it early, and we'll use it often."

    Wal-Mart told about 7,000 associates of the plans at a conference last month and "was met with rapturous applause. ... We know many of our customers will feel the same," says John Fleming, Wal-Mart's executive vice president of marketing.

    Fleming says the retailer, which recently lowered prices on toys and electronics, will be pitching Christmas almost as much as "value" to holiday shoppers.

    New this year:

    • A TV ad trumpeting Christmas will air for the first time next week. Wal-Mart also will air TV ads along with the Salvation Army mentioning Christmas.

    • The name of the department with Christmas decorating needs will change from The Holiday Shop, which it was for the past several years, to The Christmas Shop.

    • Store signs will count down the days until Christmas, and Christmas carols will be piped throughout the season.

    • About 60% more merchandise will be labeled "Christmas" rather than "holiday" this year over last.

    The Christmas spirit is spreading. Macy's, the largest U.S. department store chain, plans to have "Merry Christmas" signs in all departments. All of Macy's window displays will have Christmas themes. At New York's Herald Square, the theme will be "Oh, Christmas Tree."

    "Our intention is to make every customer feel welcomed and appreciated, whether they celebrate Christmas or other holidays," spokesman Jim Sluzewski says.

    As at Wal-Mart, Macy's employees are encouraged to consider wishing customers holiday greetings that are appropriate to their race or religion, including Happy Kwanzaa or Feliz Navidad.

    Sometimes, even the best intentions can backfire. The Catholic League, one of the groups fighting what it calls the Christmas Wars, says a member alerted it that Macy's was pitching a "Happy Hanukkah" gift card but not a "Merry Christmas" one.

    After he was contacted by the group, Sluzewski determined a production "glitch" meant the Merry Christmas gift cards were available everywhere but in its Western region, where there were plenty of Happy Hanukkah gift cards.

    "We are correcting the problem," Sluzewski says. "Of all the cards to have a glitch with."

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    Wow I guess that is good news. I mean Merry Christmas should be just that. Hello ACLU, who'll be the first one to whine to there sorry ass about this?
     
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    As soon as one of them sees a "Merry Christmas" sign
     
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    Politically Correct Christmas Party
    Sent in by Harry Briscoe
    TO: All Employees
    DATE: October 01, 2003
    RE: Christmas Party
    I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23, starting at noon in the private function room at the Grill House. There will be a cash bar and plenty of drinks! We'll have a small band playing traditional carols...feel free to sing along. And don't be surprised if our CEO shows up dressed as Santa Claus! A Christmas tree will be lit at 1:00 PM. Exchange of gifts among employees can be done at that time; however, no gift should be over $10.00 To make the giving of gifts easy for everyone's pockets. This gathering is only for employees! Our CEO will make a special announcement at that time! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Patty

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    FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
    TO: All Employees
    DATE: October 02, 2003
    RE: Holiday Party
    In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees. We recognize that Chanukah is an important holiday, which often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year. However, from now on we're calling it our "Holiday Party." The same policy applies to any other employees who are not Christians or those still celebrating Reconciliation Day. There will be no Christmas tree, and no Christmas carols sung. We will have other types of music for your enjoyment. Happy now? Happy Holidays to you and your family. Patty

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    FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
    TO: All Employees
    DATE: October 03, 2003
    RE: Holiday Party
    Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous requesting a non-drinking table ...you didn't sign your name. I'm happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table that reads, "AA Only"; you wouldn't be anonymous anymore. How am I supposed to handle this? Somebody? Forget about the gifts exchange, no gifts exchange are allowed, since the union members feel that $10.00 is too much money and executives believe $10.00 is a little chintzy. NO GIFTS EXCHANGE WILL BE ALLOWED.

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    FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
    To: All Employees
    DATE: October 04, 2003
    RE: Holiday Party
    What a diverse group we are! I had no idea that December 20 begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating and drinking during daylight hours. There goes the party! Seriously, we can appreciate how a luncheon at this time of year does not accommodate our Muslim employees' beliefs. Perhaps the Grill House can hold off on serving your meal until the end of the party or else package everything for you to take it home in little foil doggy baggy. Will that work? Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Weight Watchers to sit farthest from the Dessert Buffet and pregnant women will get the table closest to the restrooms. Gays are allowed to sit with each other. Lesbians do not have to sit with Gay men, each will have their own table. Yes, there will be flower arrangements for the Gay men's table. To the person asking permission to cross dress, no cross-dressing allowed, though we will have booster seats for short people. Low-fat food will be available for those on a diet. We cannot control the salt used in the food. We suggest for those people with high blood pressure to taste first. There will be fresh fruits as dessert. For Diabetics, the restaurant cannot supply "No Sugar" desserts. Sorry! Did I miss anything?!?!? Patty

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    FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
    TO: All The Damn Employees
    DATE: October 05, 2003
    RE: The Damn Holiday Party
    Vegetarian idiots I've had it with you people!!! We're going to keep this party at the Grill House whether you like it or not, so you can sit quietly at the table furthest from the "grill of death," as you so quaintly put it, and you'll get your damn salad bar, including organic tomatoes. But you know, tomatoes have feelings, too. They scream when you slice them. I've heard them scream. I'm hearing them scream right NOW! I hope you all have a rotten holiday! Drive drunk and die, The Bitch from HELL!!!!!!!!

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    FROM: Joan Bishop, Acting Human Resources Director
    DATE: October 06, 2003
    RE: Patty Lewis and Holiday Party
    I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing Patty Lewis a speedy recovery and I'll continue to forward your cards to her. In the meantime, management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party and give everyone the afternoon, the 23rd off with full pay. Happy Holidays! Jan Brons

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    Well hopefully the PC nonsense will take a huge step backwards if the largest corporation in the world thumbs there nose at it.

    Welcome back Christmas.
     
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    why is it inappropriate to wish me a happy holiday? We all celebrate different holidays. Why is yours the only one that matters to you? Happy holidays is just polite... not PC.
     
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    Perhaps those who happen to be shopping in a department store in December could let the cashier know that they are actually shopping for Hannukah or Ramadan or Kwanzaa. Or for the secularists, nothing at all. Then the cashier can give them the appropriate greeting. Otherwise, considering that approx. 89% of this country is Christian, and the overwhelming amount of shopping being done at Christmas time is for Christmas, anyone who doesn't like it can cheerfully accept a Merry Christmas in the spirit it is given, and then move along.

    And as a corollary, why, if the words Merry Christmas are so offensive, does it not bother non-Christian, secularist and atheist vendors to take all the Christmas-related $$ that is being shelled-out?
     
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    I actually do take a "merry christmas" in the spirit it's given and I don't find it offensive. But I do appreciate it more when people wish me a happy holiday. I think it's more considerate. And I might be part of the 11%, but I guess I don't understand why Happy Holiday, which is inclusive, as opposed to exclusive, would be offensive to anyone.
     
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    Hi Jillian!
     

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