Post # 1
Me and a coworker noticed today during lunch that someone in our office has posted posters all over our break out room. One is quite large and says ‘put the christ back in christmas’ and another says ‘christmas without christ makes no sense’.
For some reason, this makes me very uneasy. I live in a town which is known for having extremely few religious people; it’s normally a given that someone is atheist or agnostic around here. It doesn’t sit well with me for some reason… yes, christmas means christ to many, and I accept that, but somehow putting a bunch of posters in the room we go to eat in just doesn’t feel right to me.
I mentioned it to my colleague, who is also atheist/agnostic, and she feels almost belittled by the tone of them. So I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Religion is a personal thing and I appreciate that – but I don’t want it forced on me. And if you’re going to try and explain it, then the office is not the place to do it.
It makes me very uneasy now. I don’t know if I’m just being stupid, or overly sensitive, but it just seems a little forceful and rude to me. I guess I just wanted to see if other people (particularly other atheists/agnostics) would be a little bothered by this, or if I’m just being overly sensitive about it.
Post # 3
I am a Christian, but I hate signs like that. I think they push people further away than closer to God. I’m sorry they did that. I hope you can forgive them for being extremely misguided.
Post # 4
I try to ignore the whole thing, but that would really bother me. As someone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas I do feel pushed to pretend that I do. I could totally see why you’d feel uncomfortable about it, unfortunatly I really have no idea of anything you could do about it. It’s just the way the world is.
Post # 5
@ZebraPrintMe: That is really inappropriate for a workplace. If I were you I’d speak to my boss about it, they really should be taken down.
Post # 6
@ZebraPrintMe: I’m a christian who feels strongly that Christmas is about the birth of Christ. Having said that.. I have an athiest brother and a borderline athiest/agnostic sister. They celebrate Christmas too, just not with the same meaning. It stings when they pretend to pray in front of my parents to hide their beliefs, but I would never tell them how to celebrate Christmas. (And let’s be honest, as far as society is concerned it’s a predominantly commercial holiday anyways.)
ETA: I might also be the only Christian who believes in saying “Happy Holidays.” I have friends and students who celebrate Hanukkuh and Kwanzaa. Everyone has a right to celebrate what they believe.
OH! and about the workplace.. sorry about my rant.. I’m sorry people put themselves on a pedestle. I suggest you post a canny poster of your own. …to contradict them. asap.
Post # 7
@ZebraPrintMe: Um. That is TOTALLY inappropriate for a workplace unless you happen to work at a church. I’m Catholic and I would be the first one going to HR asking them to take them down. Nonsense!
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
ugh. I’d probably go in after hours and take them down, personally. That’s really inappropriate for a workplace environment.
Post # 9
I understand where you are coming from I would feel uncomforable in your shoes, for me I am not atheists/agnostic I beleive in God but dont belong to a chruch on the flip said when I use to work retail we were NOT aloud to say merry christmas or have anything that said christmas on it and I felt upset about that because to me that is what christmas is about. its such a hard thing because I would never want to make you uncomfortable at work ect. but maybe she/he feels bitlitted if your not aloud to use christ in christmas… though I think they went about it in a bad way.
Post # 10
Inappropriate. I don’t know if it’s worth the drama to take them down, but I think it’s inappropriate that they were put up in a common area.
Post # 11
I’d be bothered by this a lot. I am pretty agnostic and the holidays are all about tradition and family and happiness for me. Signs like that make me feel like my personal way of celebrating Christmas is wrong. I know that Christmas is about Christ for many, and that is wonderful. I would never want to take that away from anyone. But it seems like the workplace is an inappropriate venue for that message.
Post # 12
@inlovebee: Hi, thanks for the comment!
We don’t work in a customer-facing office, we’re all behind the scenes,so we’re pretty much allowed to say what we like. There are no rules on it.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
I would absolutely go to HR. It’s one thing to have signs like that in someone’s personal space, like an office or cube, but to have it in the breakroom is totally inappropriate.
Post # 14
@OnceUponATime: I understand the sentiment about Christmas being about the birth of Christ however most biblical evidence leads to Jesus’s birth being sometime in the fall, likely modern day September.
After learning this some 6-7 years ago and learning that Dec. 25th was basically a day stolen from paganism, I can’t get on board with the “happy birthday Jesus” thing.
OP, I’m uncertain of my current beliefs but that offends me. PLENTY of people use christmas as a celebration unrelated to Christ’s birth, ESP given the fact that he wasn’t born on that exact day! I’m not sure what I’d do or say but I’d likely consider taking the signs down myself depending on who put them up!
Post # 15
@ZebraPrintMe: I meant to vote “yes, definitely” but accidently chose “perhaps a little.” As you said, religion is personal. It should not be shoved in your face at work. Christmas means different things for different people. I’m atheist and I love Christmas, but for the tradition, family, fun and happiness.
Post # 16
@ZebraPrintMe: I personally don’t think religion should be discussed at work. You’re there to work, leave your personal agendas at home. People should not be pressuring others into their beliefs. I’d take the signs down 😛 or tell HR.