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Naughty or Nice?

POSTED: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 7:20pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 4:02am

TYLER-When Santa checks his list this year, he may be surprised. The word "Christmas" is making a comeback.

A group called the Liberty Counsel is releasing its annual "Naughty or Nice checklist." It's based on whether companies are using the word "Christmas" for the holiday season.

Christmas is almost here and that means the annual war on Christmas has begun. Dozens of retailers still refuse to use the phrase "Merry Christmas." And that has drawn the ire of one conservative religious group.

The Liberty Counsel is targeting companies that want to use the phrase "Happy Holidays."

For the seventh year in a row the Liberty Counsel has released its annual "Naughty or Nice Checklist."

The list points out companies they believe have become too politically correct by refusing to use the word Christmas.

"Christmas is the reason for the season," Attorney Matt Kraus with the Liberty Counsel said. "Political correctness has gone to far in our culture today and this is one area we need to reign in."

He told us stores are making a profit from Christmas, so why not say it?

"To me Christmas is about Christ's birth, so I want to say Merry Christmas and acknowledge its his birth," Maribeth Hickman of Tyler told us.

The Gap is one store on the naughty list and Liberty Counsel wants people to boycott them. Gap's new lighthearted TV ad mentions Christmas, but also what they call 'several unrelated holidays' as well. is also on the naughty list for not mentioning Christmas at all.

But not to worry, Christmas hasn't been lost forever. According to this years naughty or nice list, there are more stores now saying Merry Christmas in their marketing than in the past.

"It just goes to show that everyday citizens can make a difference," Kraus said.

Go to for a complete 2009 "Naughty or Nice Checklist.

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This is crazy who cares when a store says MERRY CHRISTMAS or not. Come on KETK isnt there better news to report than this.You only report what you want too otherwise you would be telling all the news not just what you think is appropriate.

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