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Merry Christmas vs Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, etc.

I was thinking about how people in the US refrain fromj saying "merry Christmas" for fear of offending someone and it hit me - why, its a national holiday?

No American should be offended by someone saying Merry Christmas. It is a national holiday so if you are an American, regardless of your religion, it is your holiday too.

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I think lots of folks use "season's greetings" or "happy holidays" simply to be polite. Not everyone is a Christian, and we shouldn't assume so. Some may be celebrating Hanukkah or other holiday. I don't believe anyone is trying to be disrespectful by using a more generic greeting.

Happy holidays simply encompasses several holidays, including new year's.

Merry Christmas! Big smile

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Any Greeting accompanied with a smile or something close ,is good enough for me

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I personally use Happy Holidays to cover both Christmas and New Years.
Maybe I'm just to lazy too say Have a Merry Chistmas and a Happy New Year Think

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moderator wrote:
I think lots of folks use "season's greetings" or "happy holidays" simply to be polite. Not everyone is a Christian, and we shouldn't assume so. Some may be celebrating Hanukkah or other holiday. I don't believe anyone is trying to be disrespectful by using a more generic greeting.

Happy holidays simply encompasses several holidays, including new year's.

Merry Christmas! Big smile

That is my point - it is not only a Christian holiday, it is an American holiday. So, regardless of faith or non-faith, shouldn't everyone celebrate this holiday as an American? There is a secular side to the holiday too.

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Hammer1 wrote:
Any Greeting accompanied with a smile or something close ,is good enough for me

Same Here! Yes

I actually accidentally offended someone by typing the term "xmas" in a email.....they told me it was wrong to put an "x" in place of the word "Christ"....I didn't mean to offend anyone and it made me wonder if "X" was meant to be negative or if it meant something else....well after some research I found that the term "xmas" is not negative at all and the history of the term was pretty interesting:

The Greek transliteration of the word Christ is Xristos, the first letter which is the Greek letter "chi". The shortening of Christmas to Xmas by educated persons who knew Greek has been common since the sixteenth century, with the "X" often symbolizing a cross. "Xmas" was an ecclesiastical abbreviation used by churchmen in tables & charts. More recently the use of "X" has been associated with irreverent commercialism, leading to the saying "Put the 'Christ' back into Xmas". The American profanity "Jesus H. Christ", may come from the second letter of "chi" ("Christos" for "Xristos"), and has been in the use in the United States at least since 1850.

Either way........"Happy Holidays Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Big smile Big smile Big smile "

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CVC wrote:

That is my point - it is not only a Christian holiday, it is an American holiday. So, regardless of faith or non-faith, shouldn't everyone celebrate this holiday as an American? There is a secular side to the holiday too.

I don't get too concerned about what people say, doesn't matter if its "happy holidays" or "merry christmas". As Hammer said, if its said with a smile, that's good enough for me! Big smile

Also just because a holiday is officially an American holiday does not mean we are all required to observe it in the same way, or observe it at all for that matter.

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A smile is nice. A gift is nice. Merry Christmas is a celebration.
Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year.

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No political correctness from me

Well since I took an oath to no longer be Politically Correct it will be Merry Christmas from me and it that offends someone.....well that's ok cause Jesus still loves them!!

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