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Old 12-23-2015, 12:56 PM
 
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There are many holidays at the year's end in addition to Christmas. So you're ignoring all the people who celebrate those. I've met many people who are as Christmas-centric as you are and I have yet to meet one who is "afraid" to say "Merry Christmas." In fact, many of them are insufferable about it. I see a War on People Who Don't Celebrate Christmas much more clearly than I see a War on Christmas.
Well put. I don't have any problem wishing people a Merry Christmas, but I usually say something along the lines of "have a great holiday!" simply because I'd rather be more inclusive. If it's not a close friend or family member that I actually know celebrates Christmas, being more general seems more appropriate as I don't know what they are or aren't celebrating.

There seems to be something of a need on the part of some to interpret an attempt at politeness as being "afraid".
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:15 PM
 
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There is only one true reason for Christmas. Without the celebration of that birth would the day exist?
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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I don't really care if somebody wishes me a generic "happy greeting" - that's better than wishing me ill!

But what I find annoying are those persons who think it's perfectly fine to mention Kwanzaa or Hannukah or whatever, but it isn't fine to use the word "Christmas". Yes, there are many people, companies, and gov't agencies who feel that way, and I think it's mistaken.

At any rate, I wish everyone here a Wonderful "Whatever" and a Happy New Year (whenever it is....).
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I decided to change when I looked around my neighborhood and saw families that probably didn't share the same background as me, probably first or second gen immigrants from the middle east and asia.
Not knowing their religious beliefs it just seems kinder to wish them a happy holiday season and leave it at that.

Same here. If I don't know the person or know that they aren't Christians I say the Holiday thingy. I am very much anti all the PC - worked at a large corporation for 26 years where it was never ending but you never know who will decide to be offended . People can wish me a happy Hanukah, Merry Kwanza or anything else and I would accept it in the manner in was delivered.
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Old 12-23-2015, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Montana
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I always say Merry Christmas. I think you should use the greeting for the holiday that YOU like to celebrate. I love it when someone says to me Happy Kwanza or Happy Hanukkah. It shows that the other someone is wanting the best for me, given their personal perspective. Happy holidays? It's a cop out. If you are proud of your celebration, shout it out. If you are atheist and purposely don't celebrate any of the typical holidays, then take your pick, or say happy holidays just for form's sake.
^^^ This! I always say Merry Christmas, and cheerfully accept whatever greeting is returned.
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Old 12-23-2015, 02:46 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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I don't know anyone that doesn't celebrate Christmas, in the commercial (Santa Claus/present) way and I avoid any kind of conversation involving religion. Since all of the family comes to our house, I'm never likely to run into a stranger and be faced with what to say to them on Christmas, but if I did, it would still be Merry Christmas. For me it's no different than saying Happy New Year, just a secular holiday that most celebrate and those that do not shouldn't try to keep me from enjoying it. It would be like not saying "Happy New Year" in front of a Chinese co-worker because in their culture it's in February.
Sorry you don't know anyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas. I don't. I'm not Christian. And I don't celebrate "Commercial Christmas" either. But I don't mind if someone does wish me a Merry Christmas. I take it in the spirit in which it is given and just say thank you. Same thing goes for Happy Easter.
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Old 12-23-2015, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I am so glad we live in an area where people are not afraid to say Merry Christmas.
Just got back from towns doing some errands and a bit of shopping. Must've been wished a Merry Christmas 25 times. Not a single Happy Holidays.
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Old 12-23-2015, 02:59 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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Don't you hate companies and people who offer generic holiday wishes? It's so insulting! That's why I believe in being very specific when celebrating a holiday:


HAPPY FESTIVUS!!


After all, it's the reason for the season.
I only want to,please myself so I respond as I feel that moment.
Happy Hanukah.
Happy holidays
Seasons a greetings
May the Force be with you!
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Old 12-23-2015, 03:05 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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There is only one true reason for Christmas. Without the celebration of that birth would the day exist?
Used to be, way back when, that the winter solstice was celebrated to welcome the time when days would start getting longer again. Google "winter solstice and christmas" for more info.
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Old 12-23-2015, 03:41 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Used to be, way back when, that the winter solstice was celebrated to welcome the time when days would start getting longer again. Google "winter solstice and christmas" for more info.
The Puritans didn't celebrate Christmas at all. They thought it was a pagan holiday based upon Saturnalia so they banned it.

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