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    Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

    created by luringattraction 1369 days 9 hours 33 minutes ago

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    Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?


    Do you celebrate any holidays in winter?

    Do you wish people "merry Christmas" if you don't know them personally? For example, a customer? Or do you say "happy holidays"? Or nothing at all?

    What do people say to you? Do you like that?

    Are you bothered if you don't celebrate Christmas and someone says, "Merry Christmas!" to you? Why or why not?

    Is saying "happy holidays" really a "war on Christmas"?

    Re: Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

    I saw that on Facebook.

    I usually respond in kind if someone says Happy Holidays to me I respond with the same. I have no idea what religion complete strangers are. Not every one is a Christian, and not everyone believes the same I do.

    I normally do not voice anything with an initial contact, I will make eye contact, and the head bob.

    Like on my way out from work, there is a cutie (he is about 20 years younger than me) that will say have a good night as I am leaving. I will respond with you too. Although he is still working. I do the mental heads slap... and look at him, and say you leave soon right? So have a good night after work.

    I stumble through it, I know he is going to say it, but still habit to respond in a like manner.

    The same with the clerks at the store. They look at me, and tell me to have a nice/good day. I say you too... crap did it again. I mean once you leave work, or as much as you can while working. Crap... let me dig myself out of this hole soon please.

    So concerning the holidays, I try not to say anything, if I do, I will respond to how the people says to me.
    I do not think that saying Happy Holidays is a bad thing, or a war on the holidays.

    I mean what are you supposed to do... say Good Guy Fawkes Day, Happy Veterans Day, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Good Kwanzaa, Happy New Years, once I get all of that out. The person I am talking to is at the airport and already on the plane.

    Happy Holidays is so much easier

    Re: Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

    When I'm at home, I celebrate the traditional Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays with my family. Last year, when I lived in Scotland, I had the opportunity to participate in some of their traditions (Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night, etc.), and shared some of my holiday traditions with my course mates. Whilst I don't personally identify as Christian, I grew up in a Christian family so I have no offense when people say 'Merry Christmas' to me (I don't feel that I would otherwise either), and simply just say 'same to you'.

    I typically just say "Happy Holidays" to people that I don't know very well to avoid any misunderstandings or unintended offense. I've never had any issues with people become upset or offended by it.

    Re: Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

    To me, it's really all in the attitude behind the choice.

    I think "Happy Holidays" is fine - for one thing, it incorporates a wish for a Happy New Year. And, I do not consider it to be a "war on Christmas," although in some circumstances it can be. There is a fine line between being sensitive to avoiding offense and ignoring a season and holiday all of us, regardless of our faith tradition or other circumstances, are familiar with. Christmas decorations are all around. School and work schedules are affected by the Christmas season. Still, if one insists on "pushing" a "Merry Christmas" greeting in a coercive and repetitive manner on those he knows, or should know, might be uncomfortable, such hardly is in keeping with the Christmas spirit.

    There are many who celebrate Christmas who do not include faith as a reason. However, for them and for those who do, the fact is that Christmas is the commemoration of Jesus's birth. Whether in a public or private setting, whether one is Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, atheist or whatever, in my opinion anyone who is offended by receiving a sincere wish of "Merry Christmas" is the one who tends toward intolerance, as opposed to the one who delivered the greeting.

    Re: Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

    Hey Loren!

    I celebrate holidays in winter, mostly by proxy. This year, I shall be staying on campus and celebrating Thanksgiving with a free meal the campus offers (pretty sweet, right? Excellent for all of us impoverished people from far away :P). I wouldn’t personally celebrate Christmas if my family didn’t, but I shall this year (for the last time before I go abroad) because my mom is so hung up on me “being home for Christmas”. I don’t particularly care to go home except to see my dog, so I guess there is that.

    The one holiday that gets me super excited is New Year’s. I love fireworks, so I’m psyched to see those. I can’t wait until I get to experience that in another country!

    I don’t wish people “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”. If I’m being perfectly honest, the last one sounds so fake and forced and corporate and “politically correct” that I don’t think I ever have nor ever will say it. I shan’t be working on Christmas, so I don’t view this as a potential issue.

    I’m not bothered if people say “Merry Christmas” to me. Then again, I’m not “bothered” by a lot of things that might aggravate other people. I pick my battles, and a kind, although misapplied, greeting doesn’t rustle my jimmies.

    Saying “happy holidays” is not a war on Christmas, it’s a war on the preeminent dominance of Christmas. It merely acknowledges of simultaneous, non-Christian holidays, and that’s the very beginning of wiping religion off of our official calendars. They should be completely secular, not dominated by a faith held by an ever decreasing number of adherents.

    Re: Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?


    I'm not outwardly offended like, "I CAN'T believe you just wished me Merry Christmas! How dare you?!". But I remember being a kid and everything was about Christmas and it just made me feel like Judaism and Jewish holidays were less than/not as important.

    Goober- I generally smile and make eye contact. Haha I have those moments too. Someone will wish me a happy birthday or to get well when it's not their birthday or they are not sick and I give an automatic, "Thanks, you too!".

    Jared- You went to Scotland?! Awesome! I will have to hear about this. I am part Scottish but I am not sure what city my relatives are from. I'd love to go see it. I am not Christian. People wish me Merry Christmas. I am culturally Jewish but I am not religious. I think people just forget because I don't go to temple often or I don't keep kosher or shabbat. I always get the, "But you don't look Jewish"... Oy!

    EKC- I don't think that "happy holidays" is a war on Christmas either. I think that's such a stretch for people to argue that.

    La ney ney- I hope you enjoy the holiday anyway even though you are not thrilled to be going home aside from seeing your dog. You have fireworks on New Year's? We have the ball drop and house parties. Fireworks are for Fourth of July and Summertime. I'm for a calendar that includes all the dates. Just so I can know not to invite my Catholic friends out to do something on a specific date because there is a Catholic holiday etc. Different religions and cultures havedifferent calendars .