Friday, November 10, 2006

Huzzah Alert: 'Merry Christmas' at Wal*Mart, dumping 'Happy Holidays'

Walmart is dumping 'Happy Holidays' from their lexicon this Christmas season. Hat tip to Me Monk, Me Meander for the story, which comes from Yahoo Finance.

Here is a list of things they are doing to replace the Happy Holidays mush.

(From Yahoo! Finance)

Wal-Mart unveiled its commitment to using the word Christmas to nearly 7000 of its associates at the company's holiday merchandise conference last month. "The move was met with rapturous applause and we know many of our customers will feel the same," added Fleming.

(Emphasis Mine)
In stores, Wal-Mart's specific references to Christmas include:
* 'The Christmas Shop', previously known as 'The Holiday Shop' -
the
location for shoppers' Christmas decorating needs.
* "Days 'til Christmas" signing - building on the excitement of
Christmas Day, in-store signage will provide a countdown for customers.
* Gift card designs - Customers will see Santa and "Merry Christmas"
gift cards as great gift-giving options this Christmas.
* A number of seasonal merchandise selections renamed from 'Holiday' and
labeled with 'Christmas' - at an increase of over 60% from last year
* Christmas carols ringing out in stores throughout the holiday season.
* In addition, we encourage our associates at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club to
greet customers utilizing various glad tidings inclusive of, but not
limited to, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy
Hanukkah and Feliz Navidad, to name a few.
* At Walmart.com, there will be dedicated pages for Christmas and other
holidays, including Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Customers can also access
Christmas-related merchandise from the search option at Walmart.com
(located at the top of each page throughout the site) or at
http://www.walmart.com/christmas .
* SAM'S CLUB membership magazines, including the upcoming
December/January 06 Source Magazine, reference specific holidays,
Christmas and others.
Merry Christmas everyone, Happy Hannukah, Kwanzaa is not a real holiday.

2 comments:

PhiMuAlpha2681 said...

Amen! Hallelujah! Hosanna!

(and Hail Sinfonia!)


~Nick

Matt said...

Hey Nick -

I just got back today from a Province Alumni retreat at Br. Whitmoyer's cabin. I'm sure you know him. Shoot me an email if you check back here.

Fraternally
-Matt.

"The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice." - G.K. Chesterton