Eight Retailers Commit to Recognizing Christmas

The following eight retailers responded with enthusiasm and stated their plans to generously use the term “Christmas” in their 2008 catalogs and Web publications when questioned through a letter by Focus on the Family: Best Buy, Cabela’s, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Nordstrom, Pier 1 Imports, Toys “R” Us, Wal-Mart. [citizenlink.org]

Salvation Army Tests Credit Cards at Red Kettles

The Salvation Army is experimenting with a plastic alternative for folks who don’t have cash to place in a holiday red kettle. Five bell-ringers in El Paso County, Colo., will be the first to accept debit and credit cards along with spare change and bills. The new kettle options are receiving mixed reviews by shoppers.