I love Christmas shopping for family and friends. It’s one of my favorite parts about Christmas–the colorful decorations in the stores, the Christmas music, that special “find” that is just perfect for this sister or that friend.
However, the last few years I’ve begun to dread “the checkout” when some well-meaning cashier (wearing a perky red Santa hat no less) will hand me my Christmas present purchases, smile at me and wish me a, “Happy Holidays!” I always respond with a cheerful “Merry Christmas!” and a friendly, non-threatening, somewhat-forced smile. Fifty percent of the time, the cashier will give me a relieved smile and a “Merry Christmas!” right back. The others just ignore me, and I them.
What’s really downright insulting, however, is when a store advertises for Christmas shopping without even once mentioning the name of the holiday they’re counting on for a healthy year-end boost. Hello, people, it’s Christmas that 95% of Americans are celebrating in December.
As partakers in a healthy free enterprise system, we have the choice to patronize stores that recognize our Christian holiday and strong American tradition and to not patronize stores that try to marginalize or ignore Christmas.
Every year the American Family Association (AFA) publishes a handy “Naughty or Nice” list of stores/brands that are Christmas friendly, or not. Click here to see the list.
Next week Focus on the Family Action’s website, StandForChristmas.com will allow you to post feedback to retailers, rate retailers and share the information with friends.
In the meantime, I suggest that you purchase a few “Merry Christmas” buttons to wear on your coat when you go Christmas shopping. It’s a great way to let cashiers and other shoppers know that you, at least, are Christmas friendly!Vodpod videos no longer available.