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Old 12-23-2015, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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The Irving Berlin song "Happy Holidays" was written in 1941, and I've seen "Season's Greetings" cards that date to the 1850's. But yeah, sure, blame it on whoever you want.
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:18 PM
 
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Christmas became a generic holiday long ago in our culture. Merry Christmas is a generic term. I know people of different faiths who observe the day with tree, decorations, gifts. All part of the western culture. For those who are religious, there's church and the true meaning gets conveyed in that setting.
I used to have a Jewish doctor who put up a Christmas tree in his waiting room, with a Star of David as the tree topper. I joked with him he was covering all his bases
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I used to have a Jewish doctor who put up a Christmas tree in his waiting room, with a Star of David as the tree topper. I joked with him he was covering all his bases

Love a sense of humor
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Old 12-24-2015, 05:51 AM
 
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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....

I should know better than to post something on this forum without using an emoji.
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Old 12-24-2015, 06:14 AM
 
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I'm not trying to marginalize Christmas. Just pointing out that the celebration derives from a series of much older holidays. I am answering your question "Without the celebration of that birth would the day exist?" by stating yes, there would still be a celebration at this time of year even if the Romans (or whomever) had not picked Dec 25.

Happy Christmas to you TuborgP.
I don't disagree with anything you say and literally know and have worked with a vast variety of ethnicities and religions with great personal relations. My youngest learned there was no Santa early because of numerous Jewish fiends including his best friend. What I learned and developed is a deep respect for their religous and cultural beliefs within the context of their culture and not mine or someone else's. I can say a variety of specific and generic greetings. This is a season so special for so many and may they have that special celebration in context. I respect our differences! That includes followers of Christ!
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Old 12-24-2015, 06:31 AM
 
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Many years ago, in the 70's a Jewish friend called me on Christmas Eve day to asked me if I wanted to go shopping as he needed some clothes. I told him he was crazy with all of the crowds he said not to worry. We headed to another suburban town that was well known as a Jewish enclave. When we got to the shopping district there were no Christmas lights, trees or greetings. There were few shoppers yet there was the air of Christmas in the stores. My jaw dropped, I laughed and sell wow. You see there was a heavy display of green and red garments on the Mannequins. I said something like ummmm and he said business is business and a few stereotypes. He had also shared how he hates Christmas because then everything was closed and his wife always worked (senior center social worker) so her Christian colleagues could have the day off. On the way backed we went by the local mall which was mobbed.
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Old 12-24-2015, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

In addition, please also accept our best wishes for a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2016, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make this country great (not to imply that any country is necessarily greater than any other country or area of choice), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual orientation of the wishers.

This wish is limited to the customary and usual good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first. ‘Holiday’ is not intended to, nor shall it be considered, limited to the usual Judeo-Christian celebrations or observances, or to such activities of any organized or ad hoc religious community, group, individual or belief (or lack thereof).

Note: By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher at any time, for any reason or for no reason at all.

This greeting is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. This greeting implies no promise by the wisher actually to implement any of the wishes for the wisher her/himself or others, or responsibility for the consequences which may arise from the implementation or non-implementation of it.

This greeting is void where prohibited by law.
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Old 12-24-2015, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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^ Best post ever!
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Old 12-24-2015, 11:46 AM
 
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I work in retail and since the week of Thanksgiving, I've been telling people to have a good holiday. That's what I'm still saying unless someone specific wishes me a Merry Christmas and then I wish them one back. There are many different faiths where I live. I don't want to offend anyone. From the end of November until the beginning there are numerous holidays....some religious and some not. So every just have a good holiday no matter what one you're celebrating! And no I'm no offended when someone wishes me well.
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Old 12-24-2015, 12:15 PM
 
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Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

In addition, please also accept our best wishes for a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2016, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make this country great (not to imply that any country is necessarily greater than any other country or area of choice), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual orientation of the wishers.

This wish is limited to the customary and usual good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first. ‘Holiday’ is not intended to, nor shall it be considered, limited to the usual Judeo-Christian celebrations or observances, or to such activities of any organized or ad hoc religious community, group, individual or belief (or lack thereof).

Note: By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher at any time, for any reason or for no reason at all.

This greeting is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. This greeting implies no promise by the wisher actually to implement any of the wishes for the wisher her/himself or others, or responsibility for the consequences which may arise from the implementation or non-implementation of it.

This greeting is void where prohibited by law.
... I gotta send this to all my relatives & friends! ... They'll get a 'kick' out of it! Thanks for posting it!!

Last edited by tomchard; 12-24-2015 at 12:38 PM.. Reason: ADD "I Couldn't 'REP' you any more - Dang It!" ... 8^)
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