Post # 1
I don’t get the big deal! Maybe this is more of a local issue (I’m Texan) but if you say “Happy Holidays” to some people they get all offended. My stepmother who KNOWS I’m Jewish went so far as to say “It’s MERRY CHRISTMAS!” to a saleswoman who said HH. What’s so wrong with acknowledging other holidays? They’re wishing you well and you have to correct them? I don’t get it. Can someone shed some light on this for me?
Post # 3
Because people are uptight and need to chill about EVERYTHING, lol. I’m an atheist (by religion) jew (by culture) and could care less WHAT people say to me! Happy Holidays, Merry Xmas, Happy Chanukah, hell tell me Happy Kwanzaa, whatever, as you said people are just trying to wish you well, they’re not meaning anything offensive by it!
Edit: Ps your stepmother better get used to being more inclusive since her stepgrandchildren will technically (despite however you may raise them) be Jewish 😛
Post # 4
I have no idea why this is an issue. I’m not religious at all, and my SO is Jewish, and I just say “Happy Holidays” to everyone because I more or less just celebrate the holiday season as a time to be with my family and partake in the consumer stuff, not celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus (since I don’t believe that). I don’t get upset if people tell me “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” though. That’s what they celebrate, so that’s what they say. It’s all real silly to me. I just don’t understand how someone’s greeting can be offensive. Be happy the person decided to acknowledge you at all. haha.
And remember, the reason for the season is axial tilt. 🙂 haha
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@Boston Bee: the reason for the season is axial tilt. 🙂 LOVE IT!
Post # 6
I don’t get it either. Turns out, Christmas is on December 25th, not the entire freaking month of December! It’s so dumb
Post # 7
A lot of my conservative more religious family gets in a huff over “happy holidays” and only want “merry Christmas” to be said. Which I think is lame. I wouldn’t wish my Jewish friends a merry Christmas unless they actually celebrated it. And if I don’t know what someone celebrates, I’ll wish them happy holidays just to cover the bases. Just because I celebrate Christmas doesn’t mean everyone has to.
Post # 8
I don’t get it either, but I do find *most* people will accept any greeting of goodwill.
Personally, I say Merry Christmas, or be specific to someone else’s celebration. If someone says Happy Holidays to me, I say something friendly in return.
Post # 9
@BookishBelle: Happy Holidays, Merry Xmas, Happy Chanukah, hell tell me Happy Kwanzaa, whatever, as you said people are just trying to wish you well, they’re not meaning anything offensive by it!
No matter what people say, I always reply with, “Thank you, you, too!” I’m Agnostic and celebrate Christmas (non-religiously), but I usually say “Have a good holiday!” or something like that. I don’t know what people celebrate, so “holiday” is all-encompassing. Our holiday cards say “holiday,” not Christmas, and we send them to everyone, Christian or not.
It’s like when people say, “Bless you.” It’s well-meaning (usually). I held the door for an old couple the other day and the husband said, “Oh, bless you!” and I thought it was sweet.
Post # 10
I saw this on PostSecret ages ago and saved it since it pretty much sums up how I feel:
Post # 11
I don’t get why people get their panties in a wad about me not saying Merry Christmas. I also don’t see the problem with someone saying Merry Christmas. But, it is not just Christmas that gets celebrated, so by saying it should only be Merry Christmas, you are excluding a whole mess of people.
Post # 12
Glad I’m not the only one. I dunno, I just think some people don’t feel that they should make exceptions for others with a different worldview. I’m not sure she even made the connection to my Judaism when she corrected the saleswoman, anyway. I can understand (though not approve of) her not wanting to be politically correct, but I just think it’s rude to chastise others for being PC.
Post # 13
@SoobySays: Not just a local issue… I see this here in Canada too.
Last year I actually got pretty annoyed when my FFIL went on and on about how the manager of the grocery store said “Happy Holidays” to him after FFIL wished him a “Merry Christmas”. He replied with “Actually I wished you a MERRY CHRISTMAS” to which the smart store manager replied “And I wished you a Happy Holidays”.
Post # 14
Personally I’ve never liked “Happy Holidays” simply because I PREFER to hear the different ones.
I don’t want to hear “Happy Holidays” from my Jewish friends, I want to hear Happy Hannukah! Whether I celebrate it or not, they still want me to have a good one 🙂
Down south there isn’t that much variety, almost everyone is Christian or celebrate Christmas non-religiously. My Joann store is a large format, so it has fabric, crafts and seasonal stuff. We have a Kwanzaa section, but not a Hannukah section! 🙁
I just want to hear everything. I love the variety!!
Post # 15
This issue really seems to bring out the crazies. I’ve never seen so many people get so worked up about other people trying to be inclusive to a variety of cultural/religious backgrounds. No one is taking away your freedom of religion by saying HH instead of MC. The whole thing seems silly to me.
Post # 16
@Regina Phalange: Yup that’s what I was thinking about too.