Our firm was hired the first weekend in December to build a website called GrinchAlert.com for First Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. The idea of the website was to point out businesses that avoid outward signs of celebrating the Christmas season as well as call attention to those businesses that encourage the use of the greeting “Merry Christmas.”
The website allows users to post the names of businesses that are showing visible signs of celebrating the Christmas season, and these businesses would be added to the “Nice” list. Alternatively, users can submit entries of businesses that are not publicly celebrating Christmas. These businesses or organizations are put on the “Naughty” list.
The project has been covered by news outlets across the nation as well as these major television news shows:
We’ve enjoyed working with First Baptist, and it made us realize that people feel very passionately about either using “Merry Christmas” or instead using “Happy Holidays” to greet people during this season.
The website has received thousands and thousands of visits over the last 2 weeks, and we’d like to thank our friends at Host Gator for watching our servers closely for us. They’ve been great!
**********UPDATE: As of early February 2011, we were asked to take the website down because of a conflict with using the name “Grinch.” ***************