If you're like me, you've noticed lately that Christmas has all but disappeared in the retail world - replaced with the generic term, Holiday, as in Holiday Trees, Holiday cards, Holiday decorations. Of course there's nothing wrong with Holidays but it does move us away from thoughts of what Christmas is all about - the "Reason for the Season."
I have noticed in some places they have deliberately added Hanukkah in their marketing. I think that's great, but don't mention that one by name while eliminating Christmas. It's OK to acknowledge both (and all other) occasions. I don't think we should water down all tradition to the point the origin disappears. We can celebrate all varieties of beliefs and customs. We should be able to have Christmas parties and carols sung at school - even those songs with the traditional "real" messages. And we can also teach the children about others' beliefs and sing their songs. Why are we afraid of Christian traditions? In the name of freedom of religion we have come to accept that this must mean America is free from Religion.
Home Depot responded to an appeal by the AFA:Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. As we discussed, The Home Depot has not censored Christmas. The Home Depot has and will continue to include the word "Christmas" in a variety of communication efforts, including advertising, store banners, our Web site and point of purchase displays near such items as Christmas trees.I applaud Home Depot and others who aren't afraid to use the word, Christmas.
We also use the word "holiday" in our outreach to customers, as many of our store displays and other marketing efforts cover more than one holiday from Thanksgiving to New Year’s and stay in place throughout the entire holiday season from November through January.
With that said, we are adjusting our Web site to make “Christmas” more prominent and to make our site more aligned with our advertising and point-of-sale in-store signage. Customers will start seeing the adjustments later this week.