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Old 12-03-2016, 02:11 PM
 
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I always thought it odd people would wish me a "Merry Christmas" without knowing whether or not I observed it.

Like, I don't wish my Christian, Muslim or Wiccan friends a "Happy Hanukkah," a Prosperous Purim or a "L'Shana Tova."

But I do wish them respective holiday greetings of, "Merry Christmas, Good Ramadan and Merry Solstice. Whichever pertains to them. That's why I like the "Happy Holidays" greeting because it's all inclusive. Except, of course, if someone is Atheist.

It doesn't offend me or make me upset when someone wishes me well in the name of their holiday, it's just that I find it odd. So what would others think of someone wishing them a Happy holiday for a holiday they didn't observe?
I was speaking to my friend yesterday, she is Russian Jewish. I was about to ask her 'what are you doing for Christmas?' until I remembered...I quickly changed to 'holidays.' I think its respectful to remember that not everyone is Christian and has the same practices or beliefs.

I think the OP story is sad though. Someone saying 'have a blessed day' is just sharing a positive thing, I don't see anything wrong there. If anything, we need more positive things like this in our society. That's my opinion.
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Old 12-03-2016, 03:47 PM
 
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I always thought it odd people would wish me a "Merry Christmas" without knowing whether or not I observed it.

Like, I don't wish my Christian, Muslim or Wiccan friends a "Happy Hanukkah," a Prosperous Purim or a "L'Shana Tova."

But I do wish them respective holiday greetings of, "Merry Christmas, Good Ramadan and Merry Solstice. Whichever pertains to them. That's why I like the "Happy Holidays" greeting because it's all inclusive. Except, of course, if someone is Atheist.

It doesn't offend me or make me upset when someone wishes me well in the name of their holiday, it's just that I find it odd. So what would others think of someone wishing them a Happy holiday for a holiday they didn't observe?
I've always said Merry Christmas, being that I was raised a Christian, but expect others to wish me well for their holiday in return. I say Merry Christmas to a Jewish person they thank me and wish me a Happy Hanukkah and I thank them. But that was back in the 1980s when we all still had manners and weren't suspicious of each other.
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Old 12-03-2016, 05:22 PM
 
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I always thought it odd people would wish me a "Merry Christmas" without knowing whether or not I observed it.

Like, I don't wish my Christian, Muslim or Wiccan friends a "Happy Hanukkah," a Prosperous Purim or a "L'Shana Tova."

But I do wish them respective holiday greetings of, "Merry Christmas, Good Ramadan and Merry Solstice. Whichever pertains to them. That's why I like the "Happy Holidays" greeting because it's all inclusive. Except, of course, if someone is Atheist.

It doesn't offend me or make me upset when someone wishes me well in the name of their holiday, it's just that I find it odd. So what would others think of someone wishing them a Happy holiday for a holiday they didn't observe?


I guess since the majority observes some form of Christmas they figure they should just wish everyone Merry X-mas. Doesn't make sense to me but I also believe we have much bigger problems in this world than a holiday greeting
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Old 12-03-2016, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I guess since the majority observes some form of Christmas they figure they should just wish everyone Merry X-mas. Doesn't make sense to me but I also believe we have much bigger problems in this world than a holiday greeting
I feel the same way. I also feel that is why we have much bigger problems in this world. There is no focus on the big problems. The focus is on PC such as Greetings. Walking on egg shells with everyone is no way to live.
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Old 12-03-2016, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Syracuse IS Central New York.
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In the late 1970's, I attended a college that had a significant Jewish population. I've wished Jewish friends, "Merry Christmas", and their reply was Thank you, you too. In turn was I wished Happy Hanukkah, and my response, was also, Thank you, you too.

When someone offers you good wishes, the polite thing to do is to say, "Thank you, you too."

That being said, it's different when you work for a business. Often it's important to the business that you stay on script.
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Old 12-03-2016, 09:24 PM
 
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It's just silly to be offended by such a religious themed greeting. I just feel sorry for the person giving the greeting as they have been let down by our education system.

Many Christians are not even aware of the hypocrisy of the history of Christmas. There's a reason that the super Christian Puritans outlawed it in New England for being a pagan custom. But it's a fun holiday to enjoy regardless of your religion.

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Old 12-06-2016, 10:48 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I can't blame Walmart, if the customers were complaining. But how petty is that for the customers to file a complaint over something so trivial. Whoever complained is way too sensitive and has way too many control issues.

Even "Merry Christmas" is not all that offensive. Christmas is such a secular holiday that many people who are not Christians also celebrate Christmas. Personally, I am extremely opposed to having Christians try to rub their religion in my face, but even I am not offended by "merry christmas" and my non-christian family celebrates some of the activities.

I do not think that "merry Christmas" means "and no one else gets to have this time of year as a holiday". It's just a cheerful greeting. I'm not offended by "Good-bye" either, which is the contraction for "god be with you".

Really. So what.
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Old 12-06-2016, 01:21 PM
 
Location: "Arlen" Texas
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I can't blame Walmart, if the customers were complaining. But how petty is that for the customers to file a complaint over something so trivial. Whoever complained is way too sensitive and has way too many control issues.

Even "Merry Christmas" is not all that offensive. Christmas is such a secular holiday that many people who are not Christians also celebrate Christmas. Personally, I am extremely opposed to having Christians try to rub their religion in my face, but even I am not offended by "merry christmas" and my non-christian family celebrates some of the activities.

I do not think that "merry Christmas" means "and no one else gets to have this time of year as a holiday". It's just a cheerful greeting. I'm not offended by "Good-bye" either, which is the contraction for "god be with you".

Really. So what.

I can see why they would because I've seen Walmart employees use the expression to show bias, saying to some but not others. The ones they didn't say it too might be less well dressed or a different race. Seen it with my own eyes.
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Old 12-07-2016, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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WHAT????? Okay you are seriously screwed up if you think that this man is "intruding on your belief system".
They aren't intruding on my belief system but they are making the incorrect assumption that I buy into their ignorant one.
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