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There have been a number of stories, including one in USA Today, about how some retailers have gotten so politically correct that they are not making references to Christmas – or any other end-of-year holiday, for that matter – in their store decorations, preferring to go with more generic “season’s greetings” for fear of alienating someone.

The most public example of this has been Macy’s in New York’s herald Square, which is where the famous film “Miracle on 34th Street” took place.

USA Today writes, “Instead of ‘Merry Christmas,’ there are holiday decorations with the generic slogan, ‘Everyone Has A Gift to Give.’ The only holiday specifically mentioned on the main floor is Thanksgiving, because Macy's is selling commemorative Gund teddy bears from its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade for $19.99.

“Federated Department Stores, parent of the Macy's and Bloomingdale's chains, says in a statement says it has ‘no policy’ on Christmas, but notes that ‘Season's Greetings’ and ‘Happy Holidays’ embrace ‘all of the various religious, secular and ethnic celebrations’ in November and December.

"’These expressions of goodwill are more reflective of the multicultural society in which we live today,’ says a Federated statement.”

Some people, of course, are upset by this policy, saying by not keeping the Christmas in Christmas, these retailers are offending people who do observe that holiday and ignoring the root reason for the holiday. And USA Today notes that “conservative pundits such as Patrick Buchanan call retail stores the latest battleground in the ‘moral values’ debate between conservatives and liberals.”
KC's View:
Could we all just calm down a little bit here?

While we would agree that it seems a little over the top to decorate a store for the Christmas holidays without ever once using the word “Christmas,” we’re at an interesting juncture in this country. We have a broader number of people than ever before, and these people have a wide range of beliefs and observances.

It seems to us that the worst that companies like Macy’s can be accused of is trying to be sensitive, of trying to do the right thing. We suspect that, in the long run, a common sense middle-of-the-road approach will win out…and that retailers will find a way to recognize the multi-layered quilt of celebrations that take place in this country at this time of year.

This isn’t a moral values battle…and those who would suggest that it is are just trying to intimidate retailers like Macy’s into doing things their way. We have no patience with people from either side of the political aisle, or from either end of the belief spectrum, who practice intimidation techniques such as these.

Maybe, for once, we could all practice a little generosity of spirit…which is what the holiday is supposed to be about, whatever you call it or however you observe it.