Friday, December 09, 2005

Happy Hanukah vs. Merry Christmas

Just wondering....if you're not Jewish, would you be offended by seeing a blue & white sign that said "Happy Hanukah" at your local shopping place? Me either. This week I was at Target when I saw an endcap completely decked out in blue, white & silver with displays of all kinds of Hanukah goods from Menorahs to Dreidels to Hanukah gift wrap. At the top of the display and on each shelf was a banner that read "Happy Hanukah". My first thought was "how cool...I didn't know they sold Menorahs at Target!". But then, as I thought about it, I became extremely offended.

Not because I'm offended by the reference to Hanukah, but rather by the lack of reference to my holiday, Christmas. I mean, Hanukah stuff takes up exactly one endcap in the store....not exactly making or breaking the bottom line for Target. Christmas stuff, however, takes up aisles and aisles of the store totally dedicated to the holiday. Target and all other similar retailers completely depend on Christmas sales to make or break their bottom line for the year, however you will not see "Merry Christmas" anywhere in their store, or in their ads. Why not?? If you want my money, want me to buy Christmas trees (Lowe's calls them Holiday Trees...name another holiday where people put a pine tree in their living room!!), Christmas cards, Christmas decorations and Christmas gifts, then wish me a Merry Christmas for Pete's sake!! Don't take my money and then act like my holiday is so evil and offensive you can't even refer to it! I mean, who is being inclusive here and who is being exclusive? I'm thrilled to see a Hanukah display and I'd be just as thrilled to see displays for every religious holiday with all the related goods and trimmings. Just don't exclude mine and make me feel like my religion is somehow too offensive to be mentioned by name.

Incidentally, I hear that Target and Sears are re-thinking their "no Christmas" policy due to a sales problem and will actually refer to Christmas in their upcoming ads. Nothing lack crappy holiday sales to bring out the inclusiveness in corporate America!!

11 comments:

jane doe said...

I hear ya... I feel the same way!
Hope you have a super Weekend!
Love ya!!!

Punkin said...

Preach on Sister!

Anonymous said...

I went to Seattle to care for our middle daughter's family, as she was hospitalized with spinal memingitis. While there I did some Christmas shopping.
I tested the waters in the liberal city by me saying, "Merry Christmas" first to the shopkeepers. There were stunned looks, and nervous smiles, but no one wished me Merry Christmas back. One shopkeeper said, "Happy Winter Season" to me....Happy Winter Season?! WHat the heck does that mean!
ANd as for Target, I pulled out from shopping, at my favorite store of all times, when last year they THREW OUT Salvation Army. I hand wrote a letter and got back this stupid form letter that never addressed one thing I said.
I haven't been in one for 13 months.
Their sales were down 7% this year!
Blessings..>BEv Gunn East TExas Rancher

bigwhitehat said...

Merry Christmas, Bug.

Mountain Mama said...

They are doing everything they possible can to take Christ out of Christmas. I guess they just don't get it. "Christ"---"Christ-Mas"
I stopped shopping at Target for the same reason. I also wrote them a letter but they did not respond. As Christians I believe we must let our voices be heard. Let them know what we want. So far it seems just the unbelievers are voicing opinions. The squeaky wheel gets the oil.

TexasFred said...

"Happy Winter Season"....

That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard yet...

Merry Christmas Miss Bug...

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Baby said...

I was chatting with one of my co-workers, who happens to be Hindu. Guess what - he got a Christmas Tree this year - and that is exactly what he called it. I laughed and asked why. He said that now that he is living in America, he wants to be sure that his daughter is a part of the culture and grows up as an American which means that they celebrate Christmas because that's what all of her friends do. On one hand, I found it interesting to think that this family of non-believers is now taking part in a Christian ritual. On the other hand, I found it sad to think of a Christmas without Christ in it.

Stevin said...

Merry Christmas from a Jewish guy.

texasbug said...

And a Happy Hanukah to you, moby!

News from Mad Plato said...

I AM FOR A RELIGION AGAINST ALL RELIGIONS. WE FIGHT AND KILL IN THE NAME OF RELIGIONS. I BET GOD DOES NOT LIKE THIS. PEACE!