(Closed) Holiday greetings? What should I say?

posted 7 years ago in Interfaith
Post # 3
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

You can definitely say, “Happy Hanukkah” to anyone you know for sure celebrates it.  Believe me, with so many people assuming that everyone celebrates Christmas, it will be a refreshing change for them.  And you can say, “Merry Christmas” to Christians.  There is no harm in wishing someone a good whatever-holiday-they-are-celebrating, even if it is not a holiday you celebrate.

Post # 4
6351 posts
Bee Keeper

Hmmm. I think it is OK and even kind to wish someone a Merry Christmas or Happy Hannukah if you know they celebrate it, Isn’t it kind of akin to Have a good day?

Post # 5
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think that is perfectly fine.

Post # 6
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Hanukkah ended a few weeks back, so you do not have to say it again until next December.Wink

I am Jewish and secular with a slight spiritual streak. One of my closest friends, who is Christian, always sends me a Hanukkah card, which I think is very classy. Her thoughtfulness is one of the many reasons why I love her.

My point is, depending on the religion, give a Merry Christmas or a Happy Hanukkah. If you are unsure of a person’s religion, go for Happy Holidays. On the other hand, I am never offended when somebody tells me Merry Christmas but I sure to like when people think about it, as you do.

I don’t believe in any of these holidays, but out of respect to varying believes and sensitivities, I aim for the holiday. It’s just a nice thing to do.

Hope that makes sense.


Post # 7
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I say Happy Hanukkah to people I know celebrate it. I tend to switch between Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays beyond that. I use them fairly interchangably.

If someone is offended by the offering of well-wishes, they are overly sensitive!

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