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Old 12-02-2005, 03:00 PM   #1
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Happy Holidays? Merry Christmas? :)

No doubt many of you have heard about the controversy about whether to say merry christmas or happy holidays. I was in the grocery store today, and this elderly man that does the cooking samples handed me a Lindor truffle and said "merry holidays" We had a good laugh. I thought that was a good compromise

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Old 12-02-2005, 03:11 PM   #2
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i get flak from my irish friends about it being "happy christmas", not merry.

i used to just say "merry christmas", unless i knew the person was jewish. then i'd specify "happy channukah".

then i changed it to a standard "happy holiday", thinking of people like gb, remembering how he said he felt about the christmas overkill, and being kinda left out and sad being non-christian this time of year. (who would want to hurt gb? if you said "i do", you need to see me first.)

but then, last year, i said "happy holiday" to a really nice guy at work that i swap gardening tips with, and he replied "thanks, but it's not my holiday."
apparently, he's muslim.

so, now i just sit on my porch in a rocker, and shake my cane at all of the passers by, telling them to stay off my lawn...
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Old 12-02-2005, 03:42 PM   #3
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Its Merry Christmas for me. No offense to others but I've been saying it for 39 years and you can't teach this dog new tricks......so please take no offense when I send out my greetings later! Personally, it doesn't matter how anyone acknowledges it to me as long as they acknowledge it.
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Old 12-02-2005, 05:50 PM   #4
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In the UK it's Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year....

Unless you are the mayor of certain English towns who wish to be as PC as possible and who have changed it tio 'Winterval' - a mix of winter and festival..... the local mullahs and Indian leaders think it's absolutely hilarious that we bend over backwards not to offend - but they still have Diwali and Id....
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Old 12-02-2005, 05:59 PM   #5
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How about the words:

Happy December.
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Old 12-02-2005, 06:15 PM   #6
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Merry Christmas is what I say to everyone, unless I know for sure they are different, then I don't say anything.
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Old 12-02-2005, 08:27 PM   #7
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Its Merry Christmas for me. No offense to others but I've been saying it for 39 years and you can't teach this dog new tricks......so please take no offense when I send out my greetings later! Personally, it doesn't matter how anyone acknowledges it to me as long as they acknowledge it.
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Old 12-05-2005, 08:13 AM   #8
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I don't get why people are offended. Do they want to have a bad day on the 25th? I sure wouldn't cause then I get grouchy and yell at my siblings, Next thing I know I am in trouble so I need a Merry Christmas.

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Old 12-05-2005, 01:13 PM   #9
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so, now i just sit on my porch in a rocker, and shake my cane at all of the passers by, telling them to stay off my lawn...
Bucky, you can always make me laugh!

I usually take the approach of letting the other person speak first. If they say Merry x-mas, I say the same. Otherwise, I just tell them to have a wonderful day, that would work for everyone. I think unless you know, it is pretty hard for the other person to take offense, how are you supposed to know their religion?

Reminds of a Simpsons quote:
And in a gutless act of political correctness, Pizza day will now be known as Italian American Sauce Bread day.
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Old 12-05-2005, 11:07 PM   #10
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As Buckytom mentioned, Happy Christmas is what my husband was accustomed to, when he lived in the UK. I like Merry Christmas, happy holidays, happy kwanza, happy hanuka, happy whatever your custom is:)
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