UPDATE – Heathrow Elementary school officials deny that the colors green and red have been banned.
The school does use the politically correct term ‘winter party’ when referring to planned Christmas parties.
Editor’s Note – Before you begin celebrating, you may want to consider that this ‘victory’ does not appear to extend beyond the retail world.
In the our public schools, the battle still rages.
Here locally, as reported on WESH 2, Heathrow Elementary has banned just about everything associated with Christmas. One parent said classrooms can’t show Santa Claus or use traditional Christmas colors.
“You can’t use red and green,” the parent said. “It’s ridiculous.”
In Public Education, a world dominated by the secular far left, our dollars may not have the same impact as our opinions will. Where does your child’s school stand on the issue? Perhaps’ it’s time to find out…
As for Heathrow Elementary, I propose that the school administration be required to work through the two week Christmas break. After all, how can they take time off granted for an event they refuse to acknowledge?
In ‘The War On Christmas,’ Christmas Is Winning
For increasing number of retailers this year, no more ‘Happy holidays’
By Natalie Zmuda
Advertising AgeNEW YORK — The War on Christmas may be in its final days.
This season, merry Christmas — not happy holidays or season’s greetings — will dominate retailer’s marketing messages. There will be Christmas sales and Christmas trees and Christmas carols galore.
That has the American Family Association, arguably one of the loudest voices advocating the use of Christmas in retailer’s marketing messages over the past few years, predicting that its crusade could conclude in the next year or two.
Randy Sharp, director-special projects at the AFA, said that in the past five years the group has seen the percentage of retailers recognizing Christmas in their advertising rise from 20 percent to 80 percent. Just eight retailers are left on the group’s list of “Companies Against Christmas.”
“We’ve had a complete flip,” Mr. Sharp says. “The politically correct holiday verbiage is going away. Companies are getting the message.”
Indeed, retailers that have found themselves the target of boycotts or media and consumer scrutiny have responded swiftly in recent years. Lowe’s “Family Trees” were renamed “Christmas Trees,” while Walmart’s “Holiday Shop” is now a “Christmas Shop.” Midway through the 2005 holiday season, Target, facing a boycott, announced its advertising messages would become more specific and include references to Christmas. And last year, Gap responded to a boycott by issuing a press release highlighting the use of the phrase “Merry Christmas” in its upcoming Old Navy ads.
Mr. Sharp stopped short of saying that he was surprised by how quickly and readily most retailers have changed their marketing. But he did point out that, especially in this type of economic environment, retailers are being careful not to alienate customers.
“Shoppers vote with their wallets every day,” said Ellen Davis, a VP at the National Retail Federation. “[When it comes to boycotts,] retailers realize, ‘It could just as easily have been us.’ ”
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