Post # 1
The agonstic/atheist thread had me and my coworker talking and somehow the discussion got to “Merry Christmas” vs “Happy Holidays”. I like Happy Holidays because not everyone celebrates Christmas, but most people celebrate something. It’s inclusive and festive. But there are a lot of people who strongly believe in keeping Christ in Christmas. What do you think?
Post # 3
I am a follower of Christ, but I say Happy Holidays in public or social situations out of respect
Post # 4
I love the UK’s Happy Christmas! Just something awesome about combining the two together!
Post # 5
I say Happy Holidays…in NYC there are TONS of different cultures and everything…I don’t want to be insensitive.
I also buy generic/Happy Holidays cards to send out. We send to people that don’t celebrate Christmas.
Post # 6
For the record, I live in the South and have encountered a number of people (even clerks at stores) who outright say they will not say Happy Holidays because it’s taking Christ out of Christmas.
Post # 7
@kate169: I think it should be up to the individual as to what he or she wants to say. I celebrate Christmas, but if someone were to say to me “Happy Hanukkah,” I would hardly be offended!
I live in the South, where many people get downright brutal about the whole “keeping Christ in Christmas thing.” If you’re a Christian, yeah, you should keep Christ in Christmas. However, I think it’s ignorant of Bible-thumpers to assume that Christmas is the only holiday celebrated this time of year.
When I used to work retail, I had several people correct me after saying “Happy Holidays” by saying something like “You mean Merry CHRIST-mas, right?” I remember how awful it was for my Jewish boss, who basically pretended she celebrated Christmas each year just to make these ridiculous customers happy.
Personally, I say “Happy Holidays” most of the time to be inclusive, but I honestly think you should just say whatever you feel and acknowledge the holiday you personally celebrate if you wish to do so.
Post # 8
I work at a school, most students (like 80%) are not of Christian faith etc. and are from crazy random coountries. Our boss suggested we should say Happy Holidays just to play it safe….as far as im concerned people dont say Merry Christmas bc of the meaning behind it anyways…its fairly “hallmark” now a days if you know what i mean. Anyways…i find that most if not ALL my students say “Merry Christmas” anyways….so it doesnt matter.
I say Merry Christmas
Post # 9
I always say Happy Holidays when I’m talking to someone this time of year. When I design our holiday card I get bored with Happy Holidays though, so I try to come up with something else that remains inclusive. Last year, it was “peace. love. joy” and the year before “merry & bright,” as a couple examples.
Post # 10
I hear more Merry Christmas than Happy Holidays in Ireland. I say Merry Christmas to co workers ets, without even thinking. But.. I like Happy Holidays the best 🙂 In Sweden, it goes for Merry Xmas as well though..
Post # 11
I usually say Happy Holidays to others so as not to insult anyone but if I know they celebrate christmas I say merry christmas to them and I prefer merry christmas because thats the holiday I celebrate but I don’t really care if christ is part of it or not because to me I don’t see the holiday as a religious one anymore.
Post # 12
I say Merry Christmas but it has nothing to do with keeping Christ in Christmas. I am not religious at all. I used to say Happy Holidays until I had a professor explain his dislike for the phrase in a way that made a lot of sense to me. He said that saying Happy Holidays is ignoring the fact that we are all different and that is what makes America so great. So because he celebrates Christmas he says Merry Christmas to everyone. He said he believes people should say the greeting for whatever holiday they personally celebrate to highlight and celebrate the differences.
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Post # 14
@brideatbeach: I’m not a big fan of the term “Bible-thumpers” but I understand the frustration. I’m Christian and from the south so I do hear a lot about “keeping ‘Christ’ in Christmas.” Still, I’ve never been one to force my beliefs or traditions down anyone’s throat. If I know the person well, I say Merry/Happy whatever-holiday-they-celebrate. If I don’t know the person well or I’m unsure, I just say Happy Holidays! 🙂
Post # 15
I say “Happy Holidays.” I’m non-religious, my SO is traditionally Jewish, and I feel like “Happy Holidays” is more inclusive of everyone. We always send out Happy Holidays cards or something not specific to any religion.
But I live in the south, and my new immediate neighbors already have “Jesus is the reason for the season” signs in their front yards, and last year a different neighbor corrected me when I said, “Happy Holidays.” She said, “No, it’s Merry Christmas.” ugh.
Post # 16
I’m a “Happy Holidays” person too. But I don’t mind when people say “Merry Christmas” either.
I celebrate Christmas in the secular sense – but I understand/respect it’s religious roots too. I don’t really understand the “taking Christ out of Christmas” because ultimately, you decide how you celebrate. Why do you care how other people choose celebrate it?
Sometimes I say “Happy Winter” just to be all inclusive 🙂