It's that time of year again when the sun sets earlier each day, the nights get colder and yet the warmth and glow of Christmas brightens our days.
It is also that time of year when the corporations that depend on American consumers to prop up their profit margins though Christmas sales make ridiculous decisions not to mention Christmas, or even boycott it.
Many of us would be fine with a company that decides to not make any mention of any holiday. But when they make every effort not to mention the mainstream religion and yet acknowledge the very small minority, that is when outrage should be seen.
Thanks to the web, our country, and the world, is much smaller. Because of this great tool, many of us have become privy to what is occurring in areas outside of our own.
A friend from Texas pointed out that a recent Black Friday ad from Best Buy proclaimed Happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is rather generic and somewhat non-religious holiday. No problem there to alarm the politically correct police.
However, the ad goes on to state, "Happy Eid al-Adha". This too, is fine with me, especially if the ad is in an area with a lot of Muslims. It's good business to be aware of your customer base and make them feel welcome.
Eid al-Adha, by the way, is the Islamic festival of sacrifice. It celebrates Abraham, whom Christians and Jews hold in great esteem, and his obedience to God when commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac.
One of Best Buy's former customers called corporate about the ad and asked the rep whether or not their ads in the future would mention "Christmas". The rep stated that he would not answer the question.
That probably means they will not mention Christmas.
According to demographics, The United States of America has a population in which 76% claim to be Christian. For Christians, Christmas is the second most holy season next to Easter.
Why is Best Buy, and many other companies, willing to cater to minorities and then shun the overall majority?
If they won't mention Christmas by name, they should not mention any holiday by name or just use the generic "Happy Holidays" greeting.
Beware; sometimes you get what you ask for.
Imagine if radical liberals and politcally correct types got their way and stamped out Christmas from our culture. That would destroy many businesses and our economy, considering most businesses earn a profit thanks to Christmas sales.
No matter what your religious affiliation is, as a business person, you know that Jesus and the celebration of His birth is good for American business. From a business perspective, Jesus is the reason for the season... of profits.
To get answers for yourself, feel free to call Best Buy Headquarters and ask them about this issue and see how they handle the situation.
Target and The Salvation Army
Best Buy isn't the only company taking a stance against Christianity, and yet they'll take your Christmas dollars.
Many are talking about boycotting Target because they don't allow Salvation Army bell ringers in front of their stores.
Upon researching this topic, I found an old story about Target and The Salvation Army from 2006, partnering for donations. Last year, Target made a donation to The Salvation Army as well.
This year however, I've not found any mention about a partnership, and have seen stories that claim that The Salvation Army is not allowed in front of Target stores.
Considering the economy is a mess and almost all stores have lowered the prices of everything, all it might take is a political issue such as this to push Christians towards one store over another. Wal-Mart seems to be rather Christian friendly, I imagine many Christians will spend their dollars there.
Maybe it's because Wal-Mart caters to Christians, and not their command of capitalist principles, that so many liberals are anti-Wal-Mart.
Let's Not Forget Hollywood
Mancow recently mentioned this on his WLS-AM show, and I wonder if others have noticed. In the commercials for "2012", the end of the world movie out in theaters, they show two Christian landmarks being destroyed, Vatican City and the huge Jesus statue in Rio, but no other religious landmarks being destroyed.
Do the story tellers and producers of this movie really think that only certain landmarks will be destroyed, or does Hollywood feel they can tear down Christianity because they will "turn the other cheek" and not complain or fight back?
With all these examples, maybe it's time for Christians to get mad.