Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Home Depot figured "...we need a little Christmas"?

Culture, Holidays, Religion, THE ECONOMY, Unintended consequences

Dear Kyle,

Thanks to all who took the time to contact Home Depot. The company has agreed to give Christmas a more prominent place in their promotions.

After a phone conference with AFA, Home Depot spokesman Ron DeFeo emailed the following statement to AFA:

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. As we discussed, The Home Depot has not censored Christmas. The Home Depot has and will continue to include the word "Christmas" in a variety of communication efforts, including advertising, store banners, our Web site and point of purchase displays near such items as Christmas trees.

We also use the word "holiday" in our outreach to customers, as many of our store displays and other marketing efforts cover more than one holiday from Thanksgiving to New Year’s and stay in place throughout the entire holiday season from November through January.

With that said, we are adjusting our Web site to make “Christmas” more prominent and to make our site more aligned with our advertising and point-of-sale in-store signage. Customers will start seeing the adjustments later this week.

As a point of clarification, AFA mistakenly reported the word "Christmas" was totally absent from Home Depot's website.  A few product descriptions did, in fact, contain the word "Christmas."  We have apologized to Home Depot for the error.

AFA has thanked Home Depot on your behalf.  However, if you wish to thank them personally, please visit their website at

Thank you for caring enough to get involved. If you feel our efforts are worthy of support, would you consider making a small tax-deductible contribution to help us continue?



Donald E. Wildmon,


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