U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S. > City vs. City
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 12-17-2009, 01:47 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
9,188 posts, read 30,240,266 times
Reputation: 5131

Advertisements

Here's something to keep you little kiddies busy for a day or two...

Using your city or town as an example, what do you hear more of this time of year as a holiday greeting when you visit a store or business - "Merry Christmas", or, "Happy Holidays" ?

Here in the Bible Belt, people have in the last couple of years become somewhat confrontational at times with clerks when they say "Happy Holidays", saying things to them like, "Say CHRISTMAS!", or even, "You're taking the Christ out of Chistmas!", or similar things. This is of course in theory, the most Christian-religious region of the U.S. however, and it's been said that in other areas it's a non-issue. Atlanta-proper has become more International in recent years, so the Happy Holiday greeting has taken on as being pretty popular so as to accommodate any number of people from various backgrounds, beliefs, and other regions who have moved here. Outside of the city proper however, it can sometimes get testy when you don't use "Christmas".

So what is the trend in your city or town? Are you personally offended if someone simply says Happy Holidays, or offended at Merry Christmas for that matter if they're assuming you celebrate it but do not? etc.

NOTE: Note this isn't the place to slam other religions or to make snide remarks. Keep it civil, or the post(s) will be deleted. Simply express (in a nice way) your opinion on the matter without ranting and share the trends in your area, etc.

And on that note - to all...
[CENTER]http://bestsmileys.com/christmas3/17.gif (broken link) [/CENTER]
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-17-2009, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
5,648 posts, read 7,453,193 times
Reputation: 4318
Quote:
Originally Posted by atlantagreg30127 View Post
Here's something to keep you little kiddies busy for a day or two...

Using your city or town as an example, what do you hear more of this time of year as a holiday greeting when you visit a store or business - "Merry Christmas", or, "Happy Holidays" ?

Here in the Bible Belt, people have in the last couple of years become somewhat confrontational at times with clerks when they say "Happy Holidays", saying things to them like, "Say CHRISTMAS!", or even, "You're taking the Christ out of Chistmas!", or similar things. This is of course in theory, the most Christian-religious region of the U.S. however, and it's been said that in other areas it's a non-issue. Atlanta-proper has become more International in recent years, so the Happy Holiday greeting has taken on as being pretty popular so as to accommodate any number of people from various backgrounds, beliefs, and other regions who have moved here. Outside of the city proper however, it can sometimes get testy when you don't use "Christmas".

So what is the trend in your city or town? Are you personally offended if someone simply says Happy Holidays, or offended at Merry Christmas for that matter if they're assuming you celebrate it but do not? etc.

NOTE: Note this isn't the place to slam other religions or to make snide remarks. Keep it civil, or the post(s) will be deleted. Simply express (in a nice way) your opinion on the matter without ranting and share the trends in your area, etc.

And on that note - to all...
[CENTER] [/CENTER]
LOL...You're really asking for it now!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-17-2009, 02:04 PM
 
10,167 posts, read 17,121,427 times
Reputation: 5742
MERRY CHRISTMAS is definitely the standard (and always has been) where I live (Texas). I am not bothered at all when someone says -- usually required as part of their job in large chain stores-- "Happy Holidays". But I always reply with a good-natured "and Merry Christmas"!

Really, the only thing about "Happy Holidays" that irritates me in the least is that some businesses are so afraid of "offending" someone, that they specificially forbid "Merry Christmas."

Still -- at least around here -- even in the bigger national concers, "Merry Christmas" remains the general rule.

AND...even when "Happy Holildays" is given, and returned with a "Merry Christmas"? A sorta secret smile and wink is often given in RE-return. As if to say, "pssssst?...hey, I HAVE to say Happy Holidays. BUT...I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS too!

So, with all that said? (cos I gotta exit here for the evening):

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


P.S. Like you say AtlantaG, this can be an interesting and friendly thread if everyone makes up their minds to keep it that way. I hope so!

Last edited by TexasReb; 12-17-2009 at 03:01 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-17-2009, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee/Biloxi
138 posts, read 448,588 times
Reputation: 155
In both homes; Milwaukee and Biloxi, we say Merry Christmas, at least I do, and the majority of people I know do. Perhaps we are not "international" enough to say "Happy Holidays". Anyway, I think the calendar states December 25th as Christmas, I do not see the verbage "Holiday" anywhere. Is this civil, snideless and nice enough?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-17-2009, 02:25 PM
 
2,531 posts, read 5,465,046 times
Reputation: 1264
I hear "Happy Holidays" a lot the closer to Atlanta I am. When I'm in the outskirts, I hear "Merry Christmas" more. But I've never understood why some people get so psycho and confrontational when an employee says it. More often than not, they're just doing their job and doing what they're told. I'm a Christian and it doesn't offend me if someone says "Happy Holidays" to me.

I used to work in a department where we worked with a lot of Jehovah's Witnesses, so we were always extra careful to not even mention the holidays anyhow.

The people that really annoy me are the ones that get offended at the term "Xmas". if anyone looked into the historical meaning of the word "Xmas", they'd know that it still has a religious meaning to it anyhow. It really goes to show how uninformed and ignorant people can really be.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-17-2009, 02:26 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
4,230 posts, read 9,138,196 times
Reputation: 1407
I hear "Happy Holidays" alot more than "Merry Christmas"
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-17-2009, 02:31 PM
 
Location: West LA
2,318 posts, read 7,010,644 times
Reputation: 1097
LA is so religiously diverse that "Happy Holidays" is far more common than "Merry Christmas."
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-17-2009, 02:38 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
23,117 posts, read 35,061,639 times
Reputation: 15300
I consistently wish people a Merry Christmas here and have yet to be challenged on it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-17-2009, 02:50 PM
 
Location: West LA
2,318 posts, read 7,010,644 times
Reputation: 1097
Quote:
Originally Posted by LovinDecatur View Post
I consistently wish people a Merry Christmas here and have yet to be challenged on it.
(Pulls off glove and slaps LovinDecatur) I challenge you good sir!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-17-2009, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville,Florida
3,772 posts, read 9,550,233 times
Reputation: 1981
Quote:
Originally Posted by atlantagreg30127 View Post
Here's something to keep you little kiddies busy for a day or two...

Using your city or town as an example, what do you hear more of this time of year as a holiday greeting when you visit a store or business - "Merry Christmas", or, "Happy Holidays" ?

Here in the Bible Belt, people have in the last couple of years become somewhat confrontational at times with clerks when they say "Happy Holidays", saying things to them like, "Say CHRISTMAS!", or even, "You're taking the Christ out of Chistmas!", or similar things. This is of course in theory, the most Christian-religious region of the U.S. however, and it's been said that in other areas it's a non-issue. Atlanta-proper has become more International in recent years, so the Happy Holiday greeting has taken on as being pretty popular so as to accommodate any number of people from various backgrounds, beliefs, and other regions who have moved here. Outside of the city proper however, it can sometimes get testy when you don't use "Christmas".

So what is the trend in your city or town? Are you personally offended if someone simply says Happy Holidays, or offended at Merry Christmas for that matter if they're assuming you celebrate it but do not? etc.

NOTE: Note this isn't the place to slam other religions or to make snide remarks. Keep it civil, or the post(s) will be deleted. Simply express (in a nice way) your opinion on the matter without ranting and share the trends in your area, etc.

And on that note - to all...
[CENTER] [/CENTER]
GA GA GOO GOO Santa,I am just a little kiddy. I am offended by you calling us little kiddies,as we are adults. I prefer Merry Christmas over Happy Holidays because it designates our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Last edited by noland123; 12-17-2009 at 03:07 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S. > City vs. City
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top