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How Lowe’s Can You Go
November 29th, 2005 5:46 am

Welcome to Austin, Texas, where only the English-speaking Christians are ignored. (hat tip: Nita Rene) Can’t say I’m real surprised that this occured in my former hometown. Courtesy of WND.

This banner at Lowe’s store in Austin, Texas advertises “Holiday” trees in English, but “Christmas” trees in Spanish.

Feel free to email them your thoughts.

“By the way,” the reader noted, “they only had ‘Christmas’ tree stands for their fresh cut ‘Holiday’ trees. P.S. Merry Christmas.”

The reason I think this may be a rogue anti-Christmas incident in Austin is because a search of the Lowe’s website shows that at least their web design geeks still appreciate the “holiday”.

Would they treat Festivus like this?

UPDATE: You spoke, Lowe’s listened. Here’s their statement:

Lowe’s has proudly sold Christmas trees in our stores for decades, and we continue to do so this year in all of our stores nationwide. All 49 varieties of live and artificial trees at Lowe’s and on our web site, Lowes.com, are labeled as Christmas trees. The product signs inside Lowe’s stores have always said “Christmas trees,” though an outside banner did not. To ensure consistency of our message and to avoid confusion among our customers, we are now referring to the trees only as “Christmas Trees.” We have also removed the banner that read “holiday trees” from the front of our stores.Lowe’s apologizes for any confusion the banner created. We appreciate our customers bringing the matter to our attention and giving us the opportunity to correct the error. For many retailers, including Lowe’s, the holiday season encompasses all the holidays between October and early January. Thus we adopted an overall “Home for the Holidays” theme five years ago. In addition to spanning the season, we believe this theme is respectful of all our customers, regardless of which holidays they may celebrate.

Feel free to use the same contact page to offer your support of their response.

Update: Looks like a similar story has been playing out on Capitol Hill. The best quote from that story: “Mr. Staver of the Liberty Counsel went on to say that to rename a Christmas Tree a Holiday tree was just as offensive as renaming a Jewish menorah a candlestick.”

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