Wal-Mart and Happy Holidays

  1. Wal-Mart's explanation about using the HH greeting to include all the winter holidays actually makes sense to me. The e-mail written by their former associate, not so much. I don't have any problem with people wishing me a Happy Whatever, whether I celebrate it or not... just because I'm not a Muslim doesn't mean that Ramadan doesn't exist, etc. I do have a problem with things like calling a Christmas tree a holiday tree, only because it makes no sense.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051111/...art_holidays_5
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  2. 77 Comments

  3. by   Jessy_RN
    I guess it's a generic for happy thanksgiving, x-mas, etc.....
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    the stores, while encouraging employees to say "Happy Holidays," did so to include celebrations from Thanksgiving to Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve as well as Christmas.
    That's what i got from it as well.

    A holiday tree (my former employer used that term as well)? Heck, that could be refering to that old white stick tree Grandma used to put up with the Easter eggs hanging all over it. What is wrong with Christmas tree?
  5. by   SharonH, RN
    Somebody took the time
    to write a letter
    complaining
    about a Happy Holidys greeting?
    And a man lost his job because of it
    although
    he was telling the truth.


    Oh sweet Jesus, help us all...........
  6. by   Tweety
    It irritates me to hear the argument when people want to use the inclusive Happy Holidays "they're banning Christmas".....yes Sharon, Jesus help us all.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have no problem with it. I dont' care WHAT Walmart does, frankly. I don't ever shop there.
  8. by   dphrn
    The more "politically correct" America tries to become, our country has never been more out of control and crazy!
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    It's not wrong to wish one "happy holidays"...why ASSUME they celebrate Christmas at this time of year? Many do NOT.
  10. by   Someday-C.R.N.A.
    I thought saying "Merry Christmas" was no longer appropriate in public.

    I thought "Happy Holidays" was the correct thing to say.

    Can I say "Happy Winter"??.............No, not everyone 'enjoys' winter.

    Can I say "Be Happy"??..........No, what if someone is suffering from depression?

    WOW! This PC stuff is GREAT!!



    As for the terminated author:
    It sounds as though this Wal Mart associate wrote a stupid letter and falsely represented his employer. Him being fired makes sense to me, regardless of what the letter pertained to.
  11. by   ZASHAGALKA
    It's a fine line to walk. Let me suggest that what Wal-mart is TRYING to do is be the least offensive as possible.

    And that's why the guy got fired. No matter how much truth there was or wasn't in his statements, he stated them in an offensive, dismissive manner.

    These major companies spend tons of money on consultants to make sure that their language is inoffensive to as many as possible. Why? Because they want Christians to shop there. They want Jews to shop there. They want Muslims to shop there. Point of fact, they want EVERYONE to shop there.

    The guy should have been fired. He made himself a public relations nightmare. But Happy Holidays is an attempt to walk a fine line. What else do you expect them to do? In a real way, to the extent that this is a debate, it's a no-win situation for organizations that want to appeal to both sides of this debate. Wal-mart isn't taking sides by using the phrase 'Happy Holidays". In fact, it's going out of its way to try to be neutral.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  12. by   jnette
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    It's not wrong to wish one "happy holidays"...why ASSUME they celebrate Christmas at this time of year? Many do NOT.
    Then again, Deb, if one were to take that thought a step further, there are those who celebrate NONE of the above.... and wouldn't THEY then have the "right" to be "offended" by being wished ANY mention of hoidays? So how do we get around THAT one, and maintain our over rated PCness?

    Personally, I get irritated when I am unable to find nongeneric Christmas cards in the stores. That offends ME. To me, Christmas IS what it IS.. the birth of Christ.

    If someone chooses to ignore that, or have different beliefs and celebrates a different holiday, that's fine. I understand we do not all believe the same.

    But I still think the majority of this country holds Christmas dear in the traditional meaning. And the "traditional" Christmas cards should be made available to that majority. If they want to add others, fine.. include a selection of the other holidays as well, but don't strip the stores of anything pertaining to the birth of Christ during this holiday which means so much to so many of us... just to please those who do not celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

    I have no problem with other beliefs and other holidays.. let's include them, but not EXclude Christmas in doing so.

    JMO
  13. by   live4today
    Quote from SharonH, RN
    Somebody took the time
    to write a letter
    complaining
    about a Happy Holidys greeting?
    And a man lost his job because of it
    although
    he was telling the truth.


    Oh sweet Jesus, help us all...........
    AMEN TO THAT!
  14. by   live4today
    Quote from dphrn
    The more "politically correct" America tries to become, our country has never been more out of control and crazy!
    AND THAT, TOO!

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