Wal-Mart Saying "Merry Christmas" this Holiday Season

December 2, 2005 -- Posted at 5:44 p.m. CST


JONESBORO, AR -- Wal-Mart is clearing the air regarding its policy on holiday greetings.  We recently reported that Wal-Mart would not be greeting its customers with “Merry Christmas”, they would instead be saying “Happy Holidays”.


On Friday Wal-Mart store manager Janet Manley said employees have always been able to say “Merry Christmas”, “At no time did Wal-Mart come out and tell the associates or tell us not to say ‘Merry Christmas’.  Their direction to us was we know our communities we know our customers and they told us to say what we felt comfortable saying.”


“In the 13 years that I've worked for Wal-Mart, not once has anybody even hinted to me that I could not say ‘Merry Christmas’.  I don’t know how this got so blown out of proportion,” said Wal-Mart Associate Becky Breland.


Associates at Wal-Mart stores are encouraged to wish their customers in any greeting that they deem acceptable during the holiday season one of those greetings is “Merry Christmas”.


Many of the associates say they feel like they've been personally attacked because of their happy holidays greeting.  “This is an attack on my Wal-Mart family,” said Ruth Dauck, “Because we are a family.”


“My concern is those who outside the company who would say things to undermine us as well as to undermine the general public into thinking that we're not concerned about seasons we're not concerned about respecting others holidays and we are,” said Terry Wallace.


Officials at Wal-Mart said they think the misinterpretation of their holiday greeting has led to the animosity felt by the community.


I think it's our responsibility to respect other people's Holidays whether it's Christmas or Kwanza or Hanukah.