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Old 12-13-2010, 12:34 AM
 
Location: Near Manito
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Maybe people are wising up and realizing how ridiculous it is to celebrate a supernatural existence.
Perhaps. I'd wager that an equal number, though, are wondering if this relentlessly depressing mundanity is all there is to the whole deal.

Personally, I find the celebration of Christmas, and its potential for goodwill, refreshing and inspiring.

You don't have to be a believer to believe in Christmas...
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:38 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I buy "Happy Holidays" or "Greetings of the Season" cards because have friends and relatives whose beliefs range from the devoutly Christian to Buddhist to Jewish to atheist. For those who are religious, I hand write an appropriate message in the card such as "Merry Christmas and blessings to you in the New Year."

To me, acknowledging that not everyone is a Christian is not the same as "taking the Christ out of Christmas." A greeting card doesn't have that kind of power. Those who are believers are not going to lose their faith in Jesus because I sent them a secular card, and those who are secular are not going to be converted because I sent them a card with a Nativity scene on the front.
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:52 AM
 
Location: California
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Your full of BS if you don't think there aren't many Merry Christmas cards and I'm not embarrassed to call you out on it. Here..go to CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreen's, Walmart, Target, or any other national chain and you will find more Merry Christmas cards than you can shake a stick at. Despite it's reputation as a card specialist, I've never been able to find a card I want at a Hallmark store, I don't think they push the cards as much as the other merchandise.

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Old 12-13-2010, 02:29 AM
 
Location: The Midst of Insanity
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Oh please people, get off your victim-horses. There is no grand conspiracy to rid Christ from Christmas. Christmas cards with "Seasons Greetings" and "Happy Holidays" are nothing new. Have you ever seen Christmas cards from the Victorian era?
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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The true meaning of the holiday season is to give the retail industry a shot in the arm. I love the commercialization of the holiday season. I love it even more that it angers the brainwashed religious people. The more tacky secular displays the better. Anything to take away from the ridiculous religious message and increase the focus on the economic message.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:27 PM
 
Location: 3rd rock from the sun
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Hallmark does not have an agenda beyond selling as many cards as they can. If Merry Christmas cards don't sell as well then they won't make as many to avoid being stuck with left over stock on Dec 26th.
That being said I haven't had any problem finding "Merry Christmas" cards but - Santa cards are way more prevalent than religious/manger/cross cards.
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:20 PM
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First, I call BS on the whole "can't find cards with Merry Christmas" thing. However, if it was true wouldn't it just be a rational reaction of the fair market to the fact that for most people, including Christians, Christmas has very little to do with religion and the supposed birth of Jesus. It is now a secular event driven by conspicuous consumption, envy and greed. Even the OP's complaint seems a little shallow- a person whining that it can be so hard to purchase the right pieces of paper with the correct mass production text seems to be doing a pretty good job of taking the Christ out of Christmas on their own.

IMO, the whole "War on Christmas" crap is based mainly on the fact that Christians are just not happy unless they are able to take on the role of eternal victim.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:15 PM
 
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If I want "Merry Christmas" cards, I find them. I send more secular cards to my friends who aren't Christian. I don't see this as a problem.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:41 PM
 
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Oh please people, get off your victim-horses. There is no grand conspiracy to rid Christ from Christmas. Christmas cards with "Seasons Greetings" and "Happy Holidays" are nothing new. Have you ever seen Christmas cards from the Victorian era?
Totally agree!

I collect vintage....everything. Just went upstairs to check my collection of vintage Christmas cards....and by golly you are correct!
I'd say my cards, ranging from the Victorian era through the 1950s, range ~about ~ (didn't take time to count) 50/50---meaning those that say "Merry Christmas" vs. those that read "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" or some other sentiment.

The GOOD news, for the OP, is that he should stop shopping at the local chain stores if he is not finding what he wants, and start hitting up the local antique places. Plus the art and the quality of the printing is just sooooo darn good. Bonus? Many were printed HERE in the good ol' U.S.A.!!!
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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I had no problem finding "Merry Christmas" cards after Christmas last year (50% off, to boot!) I agree, it is CHRISTMAS, not a general holiday. I am not religious, but I certainly do honor the meaning and spirit of the season.

I sent my cards out on Saturday and I feel great about it. I love this holiday..no bah humbug here!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU!!
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