I tried to shop this Christmas season at my favorite big box store. They normally have great merchandise. And maybe they did this year too but they were complete devoid of religious Christmas cards - every single card was Happy Holidays. I left and went to another store.
I have Jewish friends and Muslim friends and for them I do try to send the "Happy Holidays" but my family and my Christian business associates, I want Christ remembered.
Would the content of the cards change your shopping patterns?
This is sad to hear. (I did not need to shop for cards this year, so was not aware of this.) Yes, it would change my shopping habit, for sure!
Don't feel bad. I had some egg gourds I was going to make ornaments from. The color struck me as perfect to decoupage nativity scenes. I couldn't find one Christian decal in the whole store. I'm a firm believer in embracing everything beautiful during the holiday season.
I sarcastically apologized to the clerk for not being politically correct as I asked if they had any. They didn't. It's so very sad that the reason for the season named Christmas is somehow considered not worthy of being included in our happiness and joy.
I avoid the "Big" stores when looking for items of a religious nature and find the specialty stores that we have around here.
I guess the big corporations find it easier to remove all religious items than to carry a selection of varied religious beliefs items.
Are you seriously surprised? I'm not, considering we have holiday mail service, newspaper delivery, besides many stores being open on the holidays rather than urgent/emergency services only.
Pretty soon all religious holidays will be extinct (as in, just another day) and all non-religious holidays will simply be another day for consumers to be taken advantage of. (think of all the Labor Day sales, President's Day sales, etc.)
Oh, well. We live within the world we created.
I have for years and years now shopped at the "Dollar" stores for things like greeting cards. I have found that they are willing to cater to any and all regardless of being "politically correct" or not. I can find "Christmas" Cards religious or not, Hanuka Cards, anything at all. I refuse to shop at any big store.
I suspect the big box stores stock what sells the best. The down side to being a minority shopper--not a PC conspiracy.
I think I would disagree. I don't see it as a conspiracy, but I do think we strive very hard to be all inclusive. Sometimes, even to the detriment of increased profits at a specific time. As odd as that may sound.
That doesn't really disagree with my comment of how the world is (versus should be).
Yes, to some extent; except I don't think in America today (at least the corner I live in) the person looking for Christian themed holiday decorations is a minority. Perhaps they are in other parts. I've lived in areas where if Christians weren't the minority, the faith was definitely on the back burner.
I think that given how big box stores calculate profitability per inch of shelf space, not finding the product is pretty good indicator of poor demand. Maybe even very Christian people tend to buy boxes of generic cards they can send to anyone?
In any case, writing to head office is more likely to effect change than being slightly rude to someone on minimum wage.
There's a difference between rudeness and sarcasm, in case you weren't aware. I have managed retail establishments and I have full respect for the customer service personnel. She and I had a chuckle over the whole thing, but if I see her again; I'll let her know you misunderstood, but expressed your concerns.
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