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Local Businesses and Holiday Greetings

By: Will Jones
By: Will Jones

This Saturday was one of the busiest shopping times of the year for retailers, and the thing that drives many people to the stores is Christmas. After much criticism, Wal-Mart is now making its stores more Christmas friendly.

One big change the company announced is that it will allow its employees to wish customers "Merry Christmas" this year.

At Kelly's Men's Shop, Christmas decorations are everywhere, but the clothing store doesn't make employees wish customers a "Merry Christmas."

"It's left up to the individual employee," said Mark Morton, Manager of Kelly's Men's Shop. "If they want to say 'Merry Christmas,' that's fine. If they want to say 'Happy Holidays,' its fine as long as they think is appropriate."

Steve Freeman, the owner of Freeman's Family Restaurant, says he feels the same way.

"I say 'Merry Christmas,' 'Happy Holidays' and 'Happy Hanukkah,' said Freeman. "I do it all, and I think that's just the right thing to do."

'Merry Christmas' was not a phrase heard too often at Wal-Mart stores across the country, but after much criticism, Wal-Mart is putting Christmas back into its business strategy. Employees will now be allowed to wish customers a "Merry Christmas." Most of the people we talked say that's the way they like it.

Wal-Mart will also allow employees to wish customers "Happy Hanukkah" and "Happy Kwanza" just to name a few, and don't be surprised if you still hear the usual "Happy Holidays."


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