The following appeared November 27 on

Wal-Mart, Belk, Lowe’s and Hobby Lobby top the list of Christmas friendly stores put out by the American Family Association in its Naughty or Nice List for 2012.  Those in the ‘companies against Christmas’ list include GAP and Old Navy stores as well as Staples, Radio Shack and Foot Locker.

The“naughty” list singles out companies that avoid, ban, or use the term Christmas in their advertising.

AFA reviewed up to four areas to determine if a company was Christmas-friendly in their advertising: print media (newspaper inserts), broadcast media (radio/television), website and/or personal visits to the store. If a company’s ad has references to items associated with Christmas (trees, wreaths, lights, etc.), it was considered as an attempt to reach Christmas shoppers.

If a company has items associated with Christmas, but did not use the word Christmas, then the company is considered as censoring Christmas.

The list is regularly updated. To report on a company, send your detailed report to

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