Old Wives' Tales
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Toxin du jour
Claim: The Home Depot web site includes no mention of Christmas.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2008]
Origins: The opening salvo of what in years past has been dubbed the "War on Christmas" has apparently been fired, with the first target being the giant Home Depot chain of home improvement stores. According to the
The AFA's claim was rather puzzling, given that the "It's Time for the Holidays" link prominently displayed on the opening page of Home Depot's web site takes web surfers to a page advertising (among other items)
Granted, it's always possible that items now visible weren't available at the time of writing: Retail web sites are typically updated frequently (so something that appears on such a site one day might not have been there the previous day), and businesses have been known to alter their marketing materials in response to consumer complaints. However, a Google search of the Home Depot web site conducted shortly after the Action Alert was issued turned up over 2,700 references to "Christmas" — the bulk of which, according to Google's cache information, were present on the Home Depot web site well before the issuance of the AFA's Action Alert.
The AFA subsequently issued a correction, stating that "a few product descriptions [on the Home Depot web site] did, in fact, contain the word 'Christmas.'"
In December 2008 a similar claim was made about the Costco chain of membership warehouse stores, but a search of Costco's
Last updated: 3 December 2008
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