Hanukkah comes early this year ... except at 550 Hobby Lobby stores, where it doesn't come at all because the owner won't carry any such merchandise.
The national craft chain owned by conservative billionaire Steve Green and modeled after his “Christian values” is in hot water over this apparent policy.
“I will never set foot in a Hobby Lobby. Ever.” wrote Ken Berwitz, the New Jersey blogger who brought the Hobby Lobby Hanukkah flap to light last week.
Berwitz’s outrage has spread, with others taking Hobby Lobby to task as a store that courts the public, but refuses to stock anything related to Judaism.
In response to questions about its lack of Hanukkah items - no paper dreidels, menorah-making kits, greeting cards - Hobby Lobby said in a statement: