In the politically correct world of present-day America, people who are celebrating Christmas in their homes and in their hearts are being made to feel uncomfortable wishing others a “Merry Christmas,” as rules, regulations and policies are put into place to prevent even the most remote chance of offense that simple phrase might engender in non-Christians, atheists or Ebenezer Scrooges.

Schools have gone to great lengths to remove the Christian aspect of the holiday and Castle Elementary School in Johnson County, Kentucky went so far as to edit the traditional favorite, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” deleting the final scene in which Linus recites the Gospel of Luke to explain the true meaning of Christmas to Charlie.

At Blaine High School in Minnesota, the student choir sang a Muslim song about Ramadan in Arabic, much to the surprise and consternation of the parents and community.

And although stores are anxious to reap the benefits of the biggest shopping season of the year, many have adopted the “neutral” stance of wishing shoppers “Happy Holidays.”

Some stores have bucked the “Un-Christmas,” embracing the spirit of the season in advertising and encouraging  sales staff to wish shoppers a “Merry Christmas.”

Here’s a list of some of the brave retail establishments who keep Christmas spirit alive.

Toys ‘R Us, the top toy store in the country, has resisted the trend to take Christmas out of Christmas, and goes into full North Pole-mode to celebrate.

Hobby Lobby, the Christian-owned arts and crafts retail outlet based in Texas, battled the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – and won – for an exemption from certain provisions of Obamacare and is closed Sundays year-round to allow its employees time to worship and be with family. It’s no surprise that they have a huge inventory of Christmas ornaments, decorations, wrapping supplies and home décor celebrating the holiday – and encourage their employees to wish everyone a “Merry Christmas.”

Retail giant Wal-Mart is also a Southern-based family-owned company, and one that celebrates Christmas proudly.

JCPenney has maintained a traditional profile about Christmas, as has Bass Pro Shops.

Nordstrom management feels so strongly about Christmas that the high-end department store does not even decorate until the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving and this year, their New York City storefront proclaims “Believe” in white lights.

Home Depot stores have a nursery department featuring Christmas trees, poinsettias, and roping, as well as everything needed for indoor decorating and outdoor displays and employees are not shy about saying, “Merry Christmas.”

Lowe’s, another national home improvement chain, also celebrates Christmas in much the same way as Home Depot with decorated trees throughout the store.

The American Family Association is urging shoppers to be the first to wish retail employees, along with everyone else, a “Merry Christmas” to spread the cheer – and the message.



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