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November 29, 2005

The Annual Christmas Holiday Season

Good job, Lowe's.

One day after a WorldNetDaily story brought national exposure, the home-improvement retailer Lowe's dropped references to "Holiday Trees" in favor of "Christmas Trees" only.

As WND reported, a Lowe's store in Austin, Texas, featured a banner that referred in English to "Holiday Trees" but in Spanish said "Christmas Trees."

The American Family Association says its supporters contacted Lowe's to express their displeasure.

The company responded in a statement: "To ensure consistency of our message and to avoid confusion among our customers, we are now referring to the trees only as 'Christmas Trees.' We have also removed a banner that read 'Holiday Trees' from the front of our stores."

This was a follow-up to a (rather humorous) report that had the picture of the Lowe's banner that, in English, advertised "Holiday Trees" but in the Spanish translation below referred to "Aborles de Navidad"; "Christmas trees".

There's no need to fear religion in the marketplace. If you're offended by displays of an even slight religious nature (i.e. calling Christmas trees what they are), you're in the wrong country ("free expression" and all that, even by company presidents).

Posted by Doug at November 29, 2005 01:24 PM

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Over at Home Depot the other day, I saw a box labeled "Spruce Pine Tree." That's going to great lengths to avoid saying "Christmas tree"--so great, in fact, that they invented a whole new species.

Posted by: Tom Gilson at November 29, 2005 02:01 PM

I've got a great idea for corporate America:

If you're worried about offending someone by recognizing Jesus Christ, find someone else's birthday to make money off of.

Posted by: tgharris at November 29, 2005 02:09 PM

This past weekend another pastor in my church had the following exchange at a local big box store:

Pastor: Merry Christmas! (as he finishes paying)
Clerk: Don't you mean happy holidays?
Pastor: No, I mean have a happy celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ who was the Son of God and who died for your sins on a cross nearly 2000 years ago.
Clerk: speachless...

Big Chris
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Posted by: Big Chris at December 19, 2005 02:25 PM