Celebrate the Birth of Christ with a Boycott

“Boycott Stores for the Holidays!
There is an anti-Christian bias in this country, and it is more on display at Christmas season than any other time.” – Bill O’Reilly, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel – (Speaking about the decision of Target and other stores to ban the use of “Merry Christmas” in their stores and advertising.) American Family Association

We understand that Target has also banned the Salvation Army’s Kettles from the front of their stores. Now we hear they have banned the use of “Merry Christmas” from their advertising in papers and TV as well as their greetings within the stores.

I recently heard this news so I passed it along to my friends and family.

After all these stores have the audacity to stock their stores with every Christmas item imaginable. Yet, they cannot even acknowledge the fact it is Christmas?

What Holiday are they referring to? Are we to believe that a store such as Target is so ”Jesus illiterate”, that they do not even know the reason we are buying their goods at Christmas.

We are being encouraged by some Christian Organizations to boycott Target and other stores that refuse to use the words “Merry Christmas.” Now I have mixed feelings on this. For instance, if a store is selling Christmas items and they have the best price, but their employees are not Christians, would I really mind if they do not wish me a Merry Christmas. Would I want to wish them one? Why would one that is not a Christian want to have a Merry Christmas? Are they celebrating and giving a Birthday Party for the Birth of Jesus. I can’t even imagine why it would even be on their minds.

Would I like it if it was store policy to wish everyone a Merry Christmas? Yes, of course. Would I like it if I were not a Christian? No, why would I? Now the key for Christians I believe would be to find a way to identify ourselves so the ones serving us would know to wish us a Merry Christmas. How would they identify us? Do you think they could tell by the items we buy? The amount of money we spend?

(John 13:34-35 Amp.) “I give you a new commandment that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. By this shall all (men) know that you are My disciples, if you love one another (if you keep on showing love among yourselves).

They will know us by our Love. When I shop in Target and other stores I’m not sure I see any loving situations going on. I’m not sure I could very often identify a Christian. It would be very rare. It would be great to see or experience other customers and employees that were Christians. I believe we could still wish the clerks and others a very Merry Christmas if we chose to. I do not even see anyone speaking to one another in kind gracious tones let alone Merry Christmas.

I am having many mixed emotions about boycotting a store that does not greet all customers with Merry Christmas.

In my blog (GN) part II–I found the following comment related to the scripture quote found in Luke 8:16-18 when St. Luke writes and recorded by Message Bible, “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a washtub or shoves it under the bed. No, you set it up on a lamp stand so those who enter the room can see their way. We’re not keeping secrets; we’re telling them. We’re not hiding things; we’re bringing everything out into the open. So be careful that you don’t become misers of what you hear. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.”

Comment Submitted by Stacie on November 18, 2005 – 9:22am. On Sara’s Blog GN II
“…If we pretend like something bad isn’t there, aren’t we doing a worse thing? Ignoring evils in life will not help anyone else avoid them. We need to act against the evils and spread the warnings about them so that other people can lead a good life too.”

Dear Friends, how do you feel about boycotting Target, Costco, Wal-Mart and other stores that are not greeting customers with “Merry Christmas” during the holiday season?

Postscript. I went shopping at The Galleria, Tyson’s Mall, Vienna, Va. today and I heard beautiful Christmas music and Merry Christmas as well as the name Jesus In the songs. But it is a little pricy to shop for some of us.

17 thoughts on “Celebrate the Birth of Christ with a Boycott

    1. Gary asks if he’s to “skip Christmas Shopping ’05 in these stores and then take it up again on Jan.” He’d better not do it until AFTER JANUARY 6th ’06 as that is KINGS’DAY and when the secularists determine that the CHRISTIANS are celebrating ANOTHER Holiday connected with Christ they will put a damper on that, too.

      1. GENE SAYS:
        The world beleives that if one person is offended by our culture then the culture has to change. This is a misconception. Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. If you want to live under these beliefs and add constructively to them, then welcome. If not you are free to go to whatever nation follows your beliefs and live.

  1. I think I would have a hard time drawing the line and knowing who to boycott. Should I boycott the grocery store, the pharmacy, the gas station, my wireless phone company, my internet server provider, my favorite restaurants, my bank, etc if I find out they implement similar practices?

  2. I am a Christian and I don’t care if they say Merry Christmas or not to me. I go to Doctors, lawyers, schools, etc. and people aren’t running around wishing me a Merry Christmas. I think the ones that are calling for a boycott are trying to break these stores so people on a small income cannot shop. The local shops charge way to much for any item. Wal-mart emplyees are the most courtesy of any I have ever seen. I like them and I am going to shop there because I think people are just out to get them. We don’t have Target in our area but if we did I would shop them.
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention

    1. Wallace has a good point. I can see the other side of the coin, also. This is a hard thing…like the ol’ frog in the fry pan example. Put a frog in cool water in the sauce pan and s-l o-w-l-y turn up the heat and he never knows what hit him as it was done so gradually…that he got cooked and didn’t notice it till too late.
      I do see Salvation Army in front of WalMart Stores. Bless WM for that. Then I thought…WWJD? What Would Jesus DO?
      I know He slung the moneychangers OUT of the Temple. Is the principle the same? I do NOT know. It’s happening all over. We get bulletins from the School ADministration giving guidelines of WHAT AND WHAT NOT we can say to the children about why a lot of the known world is celebrating, preparing, buying, frenzied about CHRISTMAS but we can’t really give its true meaning unless someone asks and that has to be generated by the students whose families are out buying Christmas trees and decorating their homes.
      Christmas has become secular AND WHOSE FAULT IS THAT? Like Sara said….if we have “hidden our lights under bushels”, then I say …..the whole thing may go up in smoke!!!

  3. My mother agrees with O’Reilly. She has been telling me for 20 years that there is a real anti-Christian feel in this country. I never really felt that way. I called my Mom immediately after reading this article last night. She of course is ready to boycott. She even debated returning the items she bought from Target the day before. I talked her out of that. I am going to shop at Target. I need my Rachel Ashwell Duvet cover, but you can be certain that I am going to “MERRY CHRISTMAS” every employee, customer, manager, cart person, Starbucks attendent, deliveryman….You get the point. I will be spreding the word this holiday season!

    1. I agree I am going to “Merry Christmas” all. After reading this I found Salavation Army Bell Ringers and I yelled Merry Christmas, ring those bells and ring them loud if you want my $’s.

  4. Costco supports Christmas!!!! I talked to the manager at our local Costco today and asked him if they support Christmas and he showed me an official corporate email that states all employees may greet customers as they wish.
    T

  5. Debi’s girl badly edited

    As finally earning that elusive item – a salary – I’ve been thinking how best to invest it. And then the question becomes who will not only make me money but who deserves it? And where do you find out if a company is truly ethical? Do they pollute the environment? Do they exploit their workers both at home and overseas? Do they reinvest in their communities? Do they act as good stewards of their employees’ pensions? And that’s only the beginning. If I had the time and energy I might try to answer those questions. In the meantime I guess I’ll just spend and invest my money with the companies that appear to be okay even if only at first glance.

    (Sorry for the lack of commas. It’s stuck.)

    1. how do you feel about boycotting stores that are not greeting customers with “Merry Christmas” during the holiday season?

      Is Christ relevant as long as the issues in your response are answered according to your ethical standard?

      You have made some interesting points.

  6. THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING SUBJECT!!!! IT WOULDN’T LEAVE ME WITH THAT WARM FUZZY HOLIDAY SPIRIT IF AFTER CHECKING OUT MY 100’S OF DOLLARS OF ITEMS, AND I SAID “MERRY CHRISTMAS”, AND WAS IGNORED OR THEY JUST SAID “GOOD BYE”. AS CHRISTIANS WE NEED TO TAKE A STAND AND STAND TOGETHER. (ONE NATION UNDER GOD INDIVISABLE)
    LETS LOOK AT THE FACTS: THEY TOOK PRAYER OUT OF SCHOOL. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. (FUNNY THATS WHAT OUR COUNTRY WAS BASED ON). THEY REMOVED THE TEN COMMANDMENTS FROM STATE BUILDINGS AND OTHER PUBLIC AREAS. IN CERTAIN AREAS YOU CANNOT DISPLAY THE MANGER SCENE. NOW THE HOLIDAY WHERE WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS IS GOING TO BE CONTROLLED TOO. NEED I GO ON? NOW TARGET WANTS OUR MONEY TO TAKE THEM FROM THE RED TO THE BLACK(REMEMBER IN GOD WE TRUST IS PRINTED ON IT) DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, AND THEY CAN’T SAY “MERRY CHRISTMAS”??? WELL THEY CAN’T HAVE MY MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    P.S. FOOD FOR THOUGHT—IF CHRISTANITY WAS A UNION AND WE ALL STUCK TOGETHER, THINK HOW STRONG WE WOULD BE.

    1. I like your “food for thought” and I believe from my study of God’s Holy Word… Christ would love it as He desires us to come together in Unity of Spirit and the Bond of Love. Ephesians 4:1-6

      “Let it begin with us.”

    1. Thanks Stacie for bringing this to our attention, The one good part is:
      “This week in Washington, D.C., the “Capitol Holiday Tree” was renamed the “Capitol Christmas Tree” at the request of House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

      It was called a Christmas tree until the mid-1990s, Hastert spokesman Ron Bonjean said. “The Speaker thought it was important to reflect what Americans call their trees, which are Christmas trees,” he said.”

      I think this article and others like it should be a wake-up call for American Christians to pray and be pro-active.

      1. Okay, so I jumped the gun a little. I saw the renaming part after I has written the message. I’ll pray and be pro–active. I’d hate for Santa to be renamed “Holiday Claus” or the Nativity to be renamed “The Holiday in the Manger”…

      2. I don’t think u jumped the gun at all!

        In the same article comes:

        “Respect for diversity is the most common reason given by those that use the term “holiday tree.”

        I recommend reading “I, Roger Williams” by Mary Lee Settle..”To him we owe the gift of our political freedom, and to Mary Lee Settle, our most distinguished historical novelist, the gift of this book.”

        I believe we all need a wake-up call to action or it will be holiday tree, and your words “The Holiday in the Manger”…and “Holiday Claus.”

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