Merry Christmas - or: Happy Holidays?

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  1. Merry Christmas - or: Happy Holidays?
    Here is an interesting article about it:

    More about it: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/22/better-to-say-merry-christmas-or-happy-holidays

    And what do you usually wish? :smile:
     
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  2. There is no "happy holidays" here in London/UK. It's all "Merry Christmas". People who don't celebrate Christmas just take some nice days off. There is no need to be hiding as a Christian.
     
  3. So Heather Long, who wrote the article above, is right! :smile:

    And what about the USA?
    Is it the way the article says?
     
  4. I think this was a fantastic article and I agree with the author. She makes a great point at the end. Treat every holiday the way it is, don't lump them together.
     
  5. I don't see why anyone would be offended by 'merry christmas.' if that offends someone, well ... that person is probably just looking for a reason to pissed off anyway.
     
  6. You'd be surprised! I've encountered quite a few people myself who were upset when I said it((I used to work in sales and as a cashier when I was younger)). They would snap like "I dont celebrate it!" or "I'm not Catholic!" and then start rambling lol

    Funny thing is that I'm not Catholic myself! I just love Christmas!!
     
  7. haha. no i'm not surprised, but those people just want to be angry/annoyed/whatever. merry christmas has become such a generic phrase now ... why bother getting upset over someone wishing you well?
     
  8. I say Happy Holidays because it is impossible to know what someone does/does not celebrate and what might offend them. I like when someone says Happy Holidays to me, too, and when companies use it. It feels more inclusive and makes the season last longer than a single day. I do not celebrate Christmas, but will say Merry Christmas back if someone says it to me first. I don't mind looking at the beautiful Christmas displays either, they are pretty. I just don't have any myself.
     
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  9. That's really funny! :biggrin:

    Do some people really think that Christmas is something exclusively Catholic?
    And not something for all the Christians worldwide? :smile:
     
  10. Honestly I have no idea myself
     
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  11. We really don't seem to have an issue here. A few years ago, I had a colleague who just moved from India to the UK. He was a Hindu. During his first Christmas in the UK, I specifically ask him what he was doing for Christmas. He had a little boy who was at the time 4/5 years old. He said they were getting a Christmas tree and he was buying his boy some presents. There wasn't anything religious or political about it.
     
  12. Exactly! I'm Hindu myself (my parents are from India) and we celebrate Christmas a lot! I have 3 Christmas trees LOL!! My mom and I also collect ornaments and nutcrackers, and our house is always the most decorated on the block. Everyone seems to appreciate but some neighbors are a little annoying about it but we just ignore them.
     
  13. #13 Nov 16, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2017

    Precisely. Which is why in a pluralistic society like the US, many non-Christians (not all) are not thrilled to be subjected to a distinctly Christian greeting as if it were neutral. It isn't generic--the word "Christmas" literally combines "Christ" and "Mass."
     
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  14. Well, I do not think that only those, who are 100 percent religious Christian believers celebrate Christmas.
    Anybody may, who feels like celebrating it with their friends.

    In that way, Christmas celebrations have really become "generic" or "neutral" or whatever. :smile:
     
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  15. Even if they are not "thrilled", they need not feel offended or "subjected".

    Myself, I am not offended by a Hindu greeting or a Muslim greeting or a Jewish greeting etc.
    Rather - I 'd be pleased to be greeted.
    Isn't it the good intention that counts?