Holiday Name Change Stirs Controversy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/6/05

Holiday Name Change Stirs Controversy

Christmas is right in the middle of a political correctness war between Christians and national chain stores. The battle began when stores were being accused of taking the word Christmas out of commercials and even asking employees to quit saying "Merry Christmas." NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel spoke with two families who feel political correctness is corrupting their Christmas.

Charlie Brown once said "Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?" He asked that question 40 years ago when "A Charlie Brown Christmas" first aired, but today that same question is being asked here in Lubbock.

Jodi Hix says, "You take the Christmas out of Christmas and start calling it 'holiday,' which is the word for vacation in Europe, it's going to upset a lot of people. And it has."

Her sister-in-law Kimberly Hix agrees. "It has the word Christ and they're banning everything that has to do with Christ and Christianity." Kimberly and Jodi Hix say national stores like Target and Kohl's are guilty of taking away the word Christmas and replacing it with "holiday."

Jodi says, "They are advertising holiday trees, I want to know what in the world a holiday trees is, last I checked it was a Christmas tree. It really upset me because my little boy said, 'Is Santa not coming because it's not Christmas?'"

Kohl's is sending a statement to upset customers regarding employees saying "Merry Christmas" It says, "Kohl's does not have a policy against it's associates giving "Merry Christmas" salutations or other holiday greetings to customers. In fact, at Kohl's we encourage our associates to pass along the spirit of the holiday and Christmas season to our customers."

But Kimberly and Jodi say they don't want political correctness to corrupt their Christmas. "I want my kids to know about Christmas and how it got started."

NewsChannel 11 made several attempts to contact Target, but they did not return our calls.

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