(Closed) 'Christmas without christ' signs at work.

posted 6 years ago in Secular
  • poll: Is this inappropriate for the workplace?
    Yes, definitely. : (280 votes)
    77 %
    Perhaps a little. : (44 votes)
    12 %
    Not really. : (19 votes)
    5 %
    No. It's completely fine. : (23 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 17
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I don’t know what kind of job you have but that would be a major HR violation in my office.

    Post # 18
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    4854 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I don’t understand this approach at all. Do they think someone is going to sit down for a coffee, read that and go  “EGADS! they’re RIGHT!!” and convert on the spot? I don’t get the logic here. 

    Post # 19
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    Sugar bee

    @ZebraPrintMe:  I work at a Catholic school, so it would be very appropriate.  I think it depends on the affiliation (if any) of the company.

    Post # 20
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    259 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Decorate the place with Hanukkah, Saturnlia, Yalda, Yule, and Dongzhi signs. If you’re getting festive, better do them all!

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @soontobemrsm11:  Did you read my whole post? I’m wondering if you just read the first sentence. I attended a parochial school for many years, so I’ve definitely learned when the actual birth of Christ is estimated to be. I’ve also learned about the theories for the selection of Dec 25, one of which was to deter celebration of a pagan feast day. Not sure why you tagged me in your comment.

    Post # 22
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    Very unprofessional and unsuitable for work. I felt the same way when collegues in Malaysia used to post me pro-Islam links on my work email…. and anti-Islam links, for that matter. Ugh. It’s just so incredibly passive-aggressive.

    Funnily enough, when I read the title, I thought there were posters at your work which said “Christmas without Christ” and I was prepared to be offended about that as well (after all, do we accept signs saying “Ramadan without Mohammed”? Or “Divali without Hinduism”?).

    To be honest, I just hate pushy and obnoxious people who shove their noses into people’s cherished systems of belief and morality.

    Post # 23
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

     Keep the Yule in Yuletide!

    Seriously though, it’s not appropriate for religious tracts and posters to be at a workplace unless you’re in a religious institution. I would send HR a polite message requesting that they are taken down.

    Post # 24
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I don’t understand the “Keep Christ in Christmas” thing.  Do these people want to get rid of the commercial aspects of the holiday and just sit around singing hymns and praying?  Then do that…but leave the rest of us to our eggnog!  

    Personally, I’ve never considered Christmas to be religious at all.  It’s a time for family and presents.  In fact, I’ve been saying for YEARS that they should separate the two — make the commercial part of Christmas into “Winter Holiday” that is secular and therefore for EVERYONE (with obvious exclusions) and then give Christians the name Christmas.  I don’t know what would happen to Christmas songs, though.  “All I want for Winter Holiday is you…oooooo”  or “Rockin around the Winter Holiday tree….have a happy holiday…”  They just don’t have the same ring to them…

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @peachacid:  lol, I actually think that would be great. I always find myself in an inner battle between the desire to celebrate Christmas from a christain standpoint and from a greedy consumer standpoint. My Jesus side doesn’t get along witih my give-me-presents side.

    Post # 26
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @ZebraPrintMe:  Unless you work in a Christian church/school/other such place then it’s completely inapproriate.

    Post # 27
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I think that’s stupid. Christmas can mean different things to different people, and the hardcore religious shouldn’t try to shove that down the rest of our throats. I’m not religious at all but I love Christmas. So what? 

    Post # 28
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    595 posts
    Busy bee

    (Agnostic)

    Oh, I would be so uncomfortable…

    I read the title, and thought “Mas?”

    Post # 30
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Totally inappropriate. The workplace is not for proselytizing, and it is prohibited by HR departments, except those of religious organizations.

    What should you do about it? Take them down, and if they re-appear, take the issue to management/HR.

    Post # 31
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I find those signs incredible hostile.  There is a huge pressure to be Christian and to assimilate in this country, and signs like that are a part of it.  Unless you work in a Christian organisation, there shouldn’t be proselytising signs in the communal spaces, period.  Otherwise, there’s an air that the non-Christians in the workplace aren’t wanted and their holidays aren’t welcome.  That’s certainly how I feel as a Jew when confronted with the aggressive “war on Christmas/keep Christ in Christmas” materials.  They should be removed and your co-workers recommended to sensitivity training, frankly.  

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