Orlando, FL – Wachovia has adopted a policy this year banning all Christmas trees from the décor in their local office branches this Christmas. Wachovia’s policy has offended many customers who have accounts with the bank. One woman has already canceled her account and many others are threatening to follow suit.
Wachovia’s corporate office told Fox News in Orlando, “At Wachovia, we respect the diversity of our customers and team members [sic] therefore we are decorating our stores with poinsettia plants so that everyone can be included.” The decision is ironic considering the symbolism of the poinsettia, which is known as the Christmas flower. One version of folklore says these flowers were a poor girl’s gift to the Christ child at a nativity display in Mexico, and, when presented, the plant miraculously turned bright red.
Liberty Counsel is continuing its eighth annual “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign,” pledging to be a “Friend” to those entities that recognize Christmas and a “Foe” to the Christmas censors. Liberty Counsel has added the Wachovia Bank to the naughty side of its “Naughty and Nice” list, which catalogs companies that either censor (“naughty”) or recognize (“nice”) Christmas. Customer voices have a big impact on corporate action.
The “Naughty and Nice” list has been very influential in motivating retailers to acknowledge Christmas. So far this year, Best Buy has embraced Christmas and switched to the nice list, and Dick’s Sporting Goods has promised to change and include Christmas in their advertising. Liberty Counsel was the first organization to launch the “Naughty and Nice” list a number of years ago, and since then other organizations have promoted similar programs.
Mathew D. Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: “Wachovia has offended the vast majority of Americans by its silly act of banning Christmas trees. Prohibiting Christmas trees in December is like prohibiting the American flag in July or the color green on St. Patrick’s Day. If Wachovia wishes to offend the majority, then the majority of its customers can go elsewhere. Wachovia should use common sense and recognize an obvious symbol of our national holiday.”