(Closed) Do You Find The Phrase " Merry Christmas" To Be Offensive?

posted 6 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: Do You Find The Phrase " Merry Christmas" To Be Offensive?
    Yes. I prefer "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings" during this time of year : (6 votes)
    2 %
    Yes, but I don't really get too upset over it and just avoid purchasing items with that phrase : (8 votes)
    3 %
    No- it doesn't offend me at all : (170 votes)
    55 %
    No- it doesn't offend me and I prefer that phrase over "Seasons Greetings" or "Happy Holidays" : (105 votes)
    34 %
    Obligatory other or I have no opinion on it : (8 votes)
    3 %
    I hate Wal Mart! : (14 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    180 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Season Greetings sounds awkward.  Happy Holidays doesn’t bother me as much anymore since I’ve resigned myself to all hte political correctness.

    But what I really get irked about is calling a Christmas tree a Holiday tree… or worse:I actually received this e-mail yesterday

    Come decorate the non-denominational holiday bush tomorrow at 9am!

    Post # 4
    9687 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    None of the holiday greetings offend me, including Merry Christmas.  It seems traditional and nothing for people to get too worked up over.  I also like the other holiday phrases as well.  They all mean the same thing, essentially, that it’s the time of year to be generous and kind and wish people well, which is all good.

    I already voted “No, it doesn’t offend me,” but I wish I could vote again because I HATE Wal-Mart.  hehe.

    Post # 5
    4099 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I picked ‘other’.. Christmas is Christmas.. But if you don’t want to tell me “Merry Christmas”, I prefer hear Happy Holidays… I don’t like seasons greetings… and yes.. A CHRISTMAS tree is a Christmas Tree, not a holiday tree, and DEFINATELY not a ‘non-denominational holiday bush’!!!

    @Cougar09:  That is insane that they would call it that o_O

    Post # 6
    110 posts
    Blushing bee

    Like I somebody said on another thread, I am always happy to receive well-wishes, whatever the form (merry xmas, happy holidays, happy hannukah, etc..).

    But I do get annoyed/offended when I hear people rant about how awful it is to have to be “all PC now” and have denomination-neutral forms of well-wishing.

    Here’s what I think: nobody’s forcing you to say “Happy Holidays”, but the people that say it, or the products that display that phrase aren’t encroaching on your celebration of YOUR holiday. Rather they are being culturally sensitive to the great diversity of people that live in your country!

    My SO is Jewish and so is most of his family, although they are all very varying degrees of observant. A lot of our friends though are either Christian, or agnostic, or atheists, or buddhists or muslims.. It would not only be a headache to go and purchase separate stacks of specific holiday greetings for each person, it would also be a bit insensitive to assume, when it’s people whose faith I’m not privy to, what it is that they celebrate, or that they’ll be pleased with receiving a “Happy Hannukah” card from us.

    In fact, what bothers me about a lot of these anti-“happy holidays” posts is that they all seem to come from people that celebrate christmas and are used to the cultural hegemony of a majoritarily christian america.. However, in certain areas like NYC that’s just not the case, and while I’m not offended to be told “merry christmas”, I kind of am when people start harping on about “why do we have to stop saying ‘merry christmas'” as if their holiday is the only one anybody celebrates this time of year..

    Post # 7
    1427 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I don’t really care how people tell me to “enjoy the festivities that come with the last month of the year.” A greeting is a greeting. I find that too many people are hypersensitive these days.

    Post # 8
    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I don’t really care but I do hate wal-mart.

    Post # 9
    1460 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I don’t care what you say to me.  However, I live in an area with a huge Jewish population so I always say, “Happy Holidays” during this time of year.

    Post # 10
    10572 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I prefer Merry Christmas, but have no issue with any other greeting, as long as it’s intended to be positive. 

    Post # 11
    19 posts
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @Mrs_Amanda:  If one uses “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas,” I’m always curious: to what holidays is that person referring?  Surely it includes Christmas, no?

    To me, the two aren’t substitutes.  One is referring specifically to a single holiday, whereas the other is referring to a collection of holidays.  Christmas is a holiday celebrating the supposed birth of Jesus Christ.  I don’t necessarily agree that such an event ever happened, but I think it’s a great holiday and we shouldn’t act as though it is nameless.

    Post # 12
    633 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    It’s not offensive, but neither is Happy Holidays.

    What’s offensive is people feeling the need to shove Merry Christmas down your throat. I celebrate Christmas. I am a Christian. I don’t say Merry Christmas UNTIL Christmas, which is ONE DAY…2 if you count Christmas Eve. If somebody tells me MC before then, I will say it back, but I don’t say it first. I have friends who FLOOD Facebook with stupid statuses about how offended they are by seeing/hearing Happy Holidays and say Merry Christmas as a ‘challenge’ to people they interact with in public. I could rant for an hour about this…people just need something to be angry about, even during what is supposed to be a ‘happy’ time of year…

    Post # 13
    9082 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    “offend” isn’t a word I would use for my personal situation.

    I am not upset by the word. But I prefer to use “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays”

    I personally am not offended by the term, but I prefer to respect all of the holidays that take part in December, regardless of what you might believe or not believe.

    Post # 14
    633 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Perfect example: me getting angry over this topic! GAH! I need to go do something fun to counteract my negativity! :o)

    Post # 15
    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I’m of two minds on this:

    Happy Holidays is great when you live in a very mixed area (I work at a school with a large Jewish population).  However, *I* celebrate Christmas, so I still say I celebrate Christmas and will wish people Merry Christmas, but to my students I say “Happy Holidays” and refer to “winter break”, since many of them don’t celebrate christmas.

    My husband is hindu, and wouldn’t get offended at all with someone saying Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, or whatever.  I’m not Hindu, but I definitely get/give plenty of “happy Diwali!s” when it’s Diwali or new years, or whatever.

    I like when each culture wishes everyone around them whatever they are celebrating.  One year as a teacher, I got cash (!) in an envelope from a student who was celebrating Chinese New Year.  At first, I felt uncomfortable taking it, but it was only a few singles, she’s given them to all her teachers, and I realized it’s no different than a Christmas present.  In the end, I thought it was really cool!

    Post # 16
    110 posts
    Blushing bee

    @Cougar09:  I see what you’re saying, but it could just be your company being sensitive to its non-chrisitan employees who might be made uncomfortable by the fact that their company’s Holiday Party’s main attractions is a Christmas tree.

    Imagine how it is to grow up as an American, knowing that this is your only country and home, but that everybody celebrates something that is connected to a religion which, historically, spent a long time oppressing yours. 

    I’ve met a lot of jewish and muslim people (admittedly, mostly foreign, as these things seem a little more present in European people’s minds) who are very attuned to the negative aspects of their religions’ histories and christianity’s involvement. 

    I get that Christmas, as it is understood by most people in the West, has little to do with christianity itself, but it is still a mark of that religion’s hegemony in a country that is so often cited for its diversity.. 

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