2008 Christmas Friendly Shopping Guide aka “Merry Tossmas”

Just passing on a little Christmas information because Christ IS Christmas and we Christ-followers don’t want to change it to fit nonbelievers’ points of view.   Without Christ, well, there is no point of view on Christmas.  I don’t want to sound selfish, but It’s not a holiday….it’s the day we celebrate our Savior’s birth on earth.   
Focus on the Family Action’s  2008 Christmas-Friendly Shopping Guide

We welcome your use of these ratings in your shopping decisions. As an additional way to help you communicate with the retailers we evaluated, we are providing the convenience of a petition which you can sign by visiting focuspetitions.com.

Retailers will be presented with petitions — thanking those that embrace “Christmas,” and alerting those that have purged or marginalized “Christmas” that you object to the secularization of Christmas. We hope you will “stand for Christmas” with us and encourage the continued acknowledgement of this historic Christian observance in our culture.


“Christmas-friendly” retailers — prominent acknowledgment of “Christmas”

Eddie Bauer 
Lands’ End 
Linens ‘n Things 
Neiman Marcus
Pier 1 Imports 
The Home Depot 

“Christmas-negligent” retailers — marginalized use of “Christmas”

Barnes & Noble 
Bed, Bath & Beyond 
Best Buy 
Circuit City
Dick’s Sporting Goods 
KB Toys 
Toys “R” Us


“Christmas-offensive” retailers — apparent abandonment of “Christmas”

American Eagle 
Banana Republic 
Lane Bryant 
Old Navy 


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Originally published by Focus on the Family Action. Copyright © 2008 Focus on the Family.

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5 Responses to 2008 Christmas Friendly Shopping Guide aka “Merry Tossmas”

  1. Applie says:

    Interesting. How do they know they have “apparent abandonment of “Christmas” “. Do they say stuff like “holidays” or “season greetings” instead of “Merry Christmas”. I’m just wondering how Focus on the Family got their information. I’m going to check out their site. Thanks for the info.!

    I read through their parameters last year and they generally decide whether a catalog/store has kept “Christmas” in their advertising vs. “Holiday”.
    Merry Christmas vs. Seasons Greetings
    Christmas Tree vs. Holiday Tree
    Christmas Time vs. Winter Whatever …. that kind of stuff.

    I’m glad to see Lands End on the friendly list…they slipped there for awhile…very subtly, but nevertheless, on the slippery slope.

  2. seeker86 says:

    Thanks for the list. I clicked on this link on my Citizen Link email but it didn’t work. So I never found out what Merry Tossmas was all about until your post. Thanks.

  3. Elaine says:

    Thank you for this information.

  4. Chrystal says:

    This is really interesting. It doesn’t surprise me though. First it was the Pledge of Allegiance. Now it’s Christmas. What’s next? You can’t say God in school, and now you can’t call it Christmas…
    Where will it end? Our country was founded on Christian values. People seem to forget that nowdays. I could rant about this for another hour, but I will spare you…for now.
    I’ll blog about it on Monday! 🙂

  5. sleepymamma says:

    Interesting. I shop alot at walmart and am glad they were on the list. But I also did some shopping at kmart, which I don’t usually do… sigh… they are not on the list.. at least I know now!!

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