Spinoff: Happy Holidays

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had the exact thought a few days ago. Right? It’s still multiple holidays.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m not offended by hearing Happy Holidays. I just don’t like that some places (stores greeting customers for example) don’t allow their staff to say Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah instead. It’s all a happy season, so why get offended over anything? Just get over it. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

That’s just so silly to me. I don’t care what someone wishes me – Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Ramadan Mubarak, etc. its all just wishing someone well! I don’t have to be a part of someone’s faith or lack thereof to appreciate well wishes from them. Wish me whatever you want haha.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yeah, I don’t care if people wish me whatever. I’ll say Merry Christmas to everyone. I’ll wish them Happy Holidays if they tell me that isn’t their belief. If I’m wished a Happy Kwanzaa I’ll just say “thanks, you too!” It’s really not the end of the world.

I don’t understand why people get narky about the greeting. Merry Christmas is what we’ve been saying for years, and I get we’re accommodating different religions/beliefs everyday, but it’s really not the end of the world, is it?

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I don’t get it either.  It came from holy days, and there’s a whole season with Christmas because of advent.

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@Orion:  I am not offended by people saying happy holidays, but I don’t like being told I MUST say happy holidays.  I celebrate christmas and if I want to jabber on about christmas and happen to say, “Have a merry christmas!” when I walk away from a conversation, I don’t think that should be a problem.

Also, when I worked as a cashier at a military convenience store I had to work on christmas and I couldn’t say merry christmas unless someone said it to me first and I had to say happy holidays and that made me mad.  It was CHRISTMAS and I wanted to be celebrating CHRISTMAS and not “the holidays”. Fortunately, lots of people went ahead and said it and I got to say it back.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@tiffanyscanlan:  Wow, you get it here in Australia?

Offended is too strong a word, but I would get annoyed at “Happy Holidays” because to me it is an Americanism. In Australia “holidays” is what Americans call “vacation”, and I don’t always get to have holidays/vacation at Christmas time.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think it’s the enforcement by a large portion of schools/businesses (especially here in the Godless north) of the phrase “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”, because “Merry Christmas” could somehow offend someone in theory.

So when you say “Happy Holidays” to my insane Teabag Teaparty-Member-Gun-Toting-Bible-Thumping family, why take it as you being “politically correct”. And aside from big government, there’s NOTHING they hate quite like political correctness!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@paula1248:  If you’re referring to the Kwanzaa thing, I was just using that as an example. But yeah, if I did, I’d just say “you too”.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Like I said in the other thread, it depends what you mean when you say “Happy Holidays”…

Do you mean “I genuinely hope you have a fantastic time this Winter!”

If so, that’s great!

Or do you mean “I have an axe to grind against Christianity, so I am going to rub your nose in it (knowing full well you are a Christian) in a passive-aggressive manner”.

I have heard it used both ways. The latter really, really ****** me off…. obviously.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@tiffanyscanlan:  No, I mean I’m surprised that you’ve heard people here say “Happy Holidays”.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@paula1248:  Oh. Yeah, I get it a lot in retail. It sort of makes me sad, because I’m very much a “Merry Christmas” person.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

When I was a very young child, I used to see commercials that wished people “Happy Holidays” and I always presumed it was a shortened form of “Merry Christmas AND Happy New Year.” When I later learned about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and realized there are people who celebrate other holidays at the same time of year, I understood the broader application of this terminology. I agree with prior posters that this wording wasn’t something that I found to be offensive.

 

I think it is the fact that there has been a societal push to eliminate the words “Merry Christmas” from the marketplace and workplace that is the issue for many of us. I personally have wished people a “Merry Christmas, or, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays.” I have no objection at all to saying both or to wishing someone I know is Jewish a Happy Hanukkah. I just don’t think the words “Merry Christmas” should be considered inappropriate or politically incorrect, especially since so many people celebrate Christmas, even if, for some, it is primarily a secular, gift-giving holiday.

 

As for sales associates in stores being required to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” although I understand the reasoning behind this (not wanting to choose one holiday over others, not wanting to offend people of other faiths, etc.), the fact is that many people view this as political correctness gone too far. I think merchants would be better off allowing their music and decor to spread the holiday cheer and to instruct their workers to continue their year-round practice of saying, “Thank you for shopping at ________.” If the customer then chooses to say “Happy Holidays,” or “Merry Christmas, or “Happy Hanukkah,” etc., the worker should be free to respond in kind, IF he or she so chooses, or to simply say, “thank you,” or barring that, simply to offer a smile.

 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Its because people are weird LOL

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