Post # 1
OK, bees. I’m probably opening a huge can of worms here.
But how does everyone feel about Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas? I ask because my grandfather has been ranting about this A LOT on Facebook-to the tune of “why are all these immigrants forching us to recognize non-Christian religions, its Christmas and I refuse to say anything but Merry Christmas”- but I love the guy so much I just can’t bring myself to be like “grandpa, please”.
As you probably guessed, I don’t really care either way. I don’t go to church (and for the record neither does he 😛 ) but will generally respond “you too!” to any sort of greeting. I have friends who participate in different holidays around this time so I may give out a Happy Holidays to my general Facebook population, but I tell people Merry Christmas too. In general, I dont really care what people say to me and if I know you don’t celebrate Christmas you get a “Happy Holidays” but other than that, it gets about 0 thought.
So, what do you think? Is there a war on Christmas, or do people just need to lighten up and let it go? How do you greet people at this most wonderful time of the year?
Post # 2
I really think the “war on Christmas” is the most ridiculous idea ever. In what way is Christmas infringed on by saying happy holidays? That being said, have never met anyone who got offended by someone saying merry Christmas, regardless of what they celebrate.
Post # 3
ClaudiaKishi: My thought is to take any friendly greeting at face value. It’s a nice when strangers exchange pleasantries, so even though I’m not Jewish, if someone wished me a Happy Hanukkah, it would make me feel good.
Post # 4
It doesn’t matter to me either way, I always say merry Christmas tho. It’s a combination of what ive always said/heard+my religious beliefs.
Post # 5
I work with a lot of people that aren’t Christian and we all say “merry christmas” to each other. I never really thought there was a “war on Christmas” but in my niece’s school, they can’t have anything Christmas related – it has to be “winter” related, like if they have a party. My niece still says Merry Christmas to everyone though.
Post # 6
I say Merry Christmas- if one gets upset that someone wishes them well, no matter how it’s said then “Merry Christmas” is the least of their worries…
Post # 7
It’s pretty much the least important thing ever.
Professionally I say Happy Holidays because I think it’s the most PC. I say it all through the month.
Merry Christmas is closer to the actual day of Christmas and rarely at work.
Post # 8
Its Christmas time so I say Merry Christmas. During Hanukkah I say Happy Hanukkah (sp?). And if I don’t know what you celabrate I don’t say anything. It realy bothers me that people are trying to take Christ out of Christmas just so you wont be offended. I don’t say “Happy Holiday”, I say what it is during the time that it is and after 12/25 I say happy new year!!
Post # 9
I generally say “Happy Holidays” by default unless it’s a friend that I know celebrates a certain way and then I try to remember and acknowledge that (I have a couple of good friends who are jewish, so I try to remember to say “Happy Hanukkah”, same with “Merry Christmas” for friends that I know that is meaningful to them – but if I’m not sure, then it’s “Happy Holidays”). I always smile genuinely and say “you too” in response to any holiday greeting I get and I think it’s fine to greet people with whatever your preferred or comfortable greeting is. I don’t believe that someone else celebrating or acknowledging a different tradition/holiday than you means that there is a “war” on Christmas and it shouldn’t affect your holiday season.
Post # 10
I say Happy Holidays because there are more holidays than just Christmas during the winter months that are recongnized by major religions. I don’t feel that christmas should be the focal point, along with the people who say that anyone who says otherwise is taking “Christ” out of christmas.
Christmas’ origins are Pagan.
Post # 11
I accept any pleasant holiday greeting- I’m not picky.
Post # 12
I say merry Christmas – only because it’s what I’ve always done. I dont get offended if others say it to me and I would assume they wouldn’t get offended if I said it to them. If It’s what feels right to you then say it. I wouldn’t get offended if someone said “Bonjour” or “Ola” or something to say hello and greet me when I say hello – so why should this be any different. It is a form of greeting and being nice – people read into this too much I think.
Post # 13
I usually only say “Merry Christmas” on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The rest of the time I go with “Happy Holidays.” Besides the fact I was raised Catholic so to me this time is Advent, not Christmas, I prefer Happy Holidays because it’s inclusive of many faiths and traditions.
Also the idea that there’s a war in the U.S. on Christmas (despite the fact a majority of U.S. citizens identify as Christians) makes me roll my eyes so far back I need Santa to catch them.
Post # 14
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
I say “happy holidays” starting with Thanksgiving and carrying on to the New Year. Quick, easy, clean.
I don’t care what people wish me. It has exactly zero impact on my life. Oh, and the war on Christmas is nonsense. I’m not sure why “happy holidays” is some kind of horrible slap in the face to some people.
Post # 15
I say Merry Christmas, I hate the saying Happy Holidays personally.