Post # 1
Are you offended by “Happy Holidays”? What about “Merry Christmas”?
On another thread, there seems to be a slight debate about this. SOme were saying that only happy holidays should be said, since not everyone celebrates [insert specific holiday here]. Others say they don’t care what they hear as long as it’s with good intent. Where do you stand?
Me, I don’t really care. Well wishes are well wishes, and even if it’s not “my” holiday, at least they were nice enough to send me greetings! So Marry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanza, Happy Wednesday- I don’t care!
Post # 3
I don’t get offended by “Happy Hannukah!” and so forth, so I consider it a non-issue. At work I do make sure to say “Happy Holidays!” unless someone says “Merry Christmas!” first. That’s just because I want to be PC while reppin’ my company.
Post # 4
I dont really care.
But I do think its absolutely RIDICULOUS to get mad about people/companies saying “happy holidays.” Not everyone celebrates Christmas. Get over it.
This is not geared towards you, OP! I didnt want you to think I was for some reason raging at you. Haha.
Post # 6
@allyfally: Oh, trust me, I don’t think you’re raging at me! Haha. I actually agree- I think it’s silly to get mad when a company sends out “Happy Holidays” instead of a specific holiday. (Though I understand, for example, why a Catholic Church would say “Merry Christmas” instead.)
Post # 7
I don’t care if a stranger says it to me, and I usually say it back!
What does irritate me is when people are incredulous about why my family doesn’t celebrate Christmas. I’ve definitely been hassled about it before, and I don’t even know how to respond.
Post # 8
Not everyone celebrates holidays. It comes from holy days. I think as long as it has good intentions, it’s best to just take it as a friendly greeting. I say Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, etc. to people, but I also try to say the greeting for someone’s specific holiday if I happen to know it. I also say Merry Christmas when I do a mini-celebration on Jan 6th, even if their Christmas is over.
Post # 9
I don’t care.
That said no one has EVER said Happy Holidays to me, that particular gem hasn’t made it in the UK and it would be seriously weird to say it to someone
Post # 10
someone wishing me well is nothing to get offended over. I think it’s ridiculous to get offended by someone wishing you a merry Christmas etc. as if we should all be psychic and know everyone’s beliefs. Just say thank you and move on.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
I’m fine with whatever, but I prefer to say Happy Holidays unless someone says something different to me first.
Post # 12
If I know what specific winter festival one celebrates, I will say that. But as long as it isnt intentionally snarky and rude, I am going to say”Thanks, you too!” To whatever well wishes someone gives me with good intentions.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
@HappySky7: +1 exactly! How are we supposed to know?
Wish me whatever you want, I know you intended well and that was nice of you to send me warm wishes!
And no I also don’t get offended when companies say “Happy Holidays” either, because they probably have to be PC, and also its a blanket way of wishing EVERYONE what they celebrate, in a way. Cover all your bases in one phrase lol. I don’t think they are shunning that I celebrate Christmas.
Post # 14
I don’t see the issue. So I don’t really care. I am not easily offended though.
Post # 15
Now when someone says “Happy Holidays!” it sounds too much like “Happy Hungergames!” to me 😛
But seriously, since I celebrate Christmas, the dominant holiday around here, I don’t mind whatever people wish me. But I have sympathy for my friends of other religions who get sick of Christmas being shoved in their faces this time of year. It makes them feel overlooked and left out and I can understand why.
Post # 16
To me, it’s the intention of well wishes, not the details. So, any winter greeting is just fine by me, although I generally will use “merry christmas” unless I know specifically that the person I’m greeting celebrates otherwise. “Happy Holidays” doesn’t offend me at all, it’s inclusive of all so I don’t know what there would be to be upset about.