Liberty Counsel releases 2017 Naughty and Nice List for Christian shoppers this Christmas season

Evangelical nonprofit organization Liberty Counsel has just released its Naughty and Nice List which includes stores that Christians are discouraged from patronizing this Christmas season because of their censorship of the Christian holiday.

(REUTERS / Rick Wilking)Shoppers enter the Old Navy store in Broomfield, Colorado August 22, 2014.

As part of Liberty Counsel's Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign, the non-profit released a list of stores that censor Christmas and those that celebrate the occasion. Old Navy, Gap, RadioShack, and TJ Maxx were among those included in the "Naughty List" as they allegedly featured only generic "holiday" gifts and decor, Charisma News detailed.

Meanwhile, Liberty Counsel included Belk, JCPenney, Staples, Kohl's, and Walmart in its "Nice List" as they provide gift options that are intended specifically for the Christmas season. It is worth noting that Walmart had previously prohibited its workers from greeting customers with "Merry Christmas," but it has recently started taking part in the Christmas season and also inspired other companies to do the same.

"We are encouraged to see a surge of retail stores embracing the Christmas season," said Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver. "We are now seeing a return to honesty in advertising. If stores are trying to sell items for this special season, then they should call it Christmas. As our 'Nice List' continues to expand, we are happy to report that retailers are recognizing that it is about the birth of Jesus, not a 'winter holiday.'"

Liberty Counsel has been monitoring retailers' attitudes toward Christmas for the past 14 years. Under its Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign, the nonprofit promises to be "nice" to stores that celebrate the occasion and be the opposite for those who censor it.

The American Family Association has also released its own shopping guide based on how Christmas-friendly the stores are. Under its 2017 "Naughty List" are 18 companies which include Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Foot Locker, Gap, Office Depot, Staples, and Victoria's Secrets, The Christian Post reported.

AFA's "marginal" shopping options include Amazon.com, CVSPharmacy, Old Navy, Kohl's, Safeway, Starbucks, Sears, and Walgreens. The "Nice List," on the other hand, includes Banana Republic, Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Macy's, and Toys R Us.