“I don’t celebrate but thank you.”

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Personally I hate being told Merry Christmas as I don’t celebrate it so it feels exclusionary. It actually really throws me off when people say it to me, and I usually mumble something about “you too”. I would tend to agree that it isn’t the best move from a customer service perspective to make your customer feel uncomfortable though.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@galloway111: Hmm. I wouldn’t really all it rude, as much as I’d call it unnecessary. I’m with you that I’d just say “Same to you!” if someone said “Happy whatever holiday I don’t celebrate!” Or I’d at least say thank you. I can definitely understand why the customer was a bit confused. It would have taken me a moment or two to know what to say back if someone said that to me. This is precisely why I don’t say merry Christmas to people who I don’t know for sure celebrate it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think she probably should have let it go. Her job is in customer service.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I wish everyone would just get over themselves and take a pleasant greeting for what it is-niceness, pure and simple. I’m with @CarolinaCola: on this too, “Happy _____” or “Merry _____”. Thank you. You too. End of story.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@galloway111: I wouldn’t be offended by that either. I guess it just depends on the person. One time I had a situation sorta related. I worked as a cashier at a store during Christmas time a few years ago and a nice older coupld came through the line and wished me merry Christmas and asked if I had accepted Jesus as my savior. I just told a little white lie and said yes. It didn’t hurt anyone, and it made them happy and they went on their way. I can imagine that if they had gone through someone else’s line that day, they might not have gotten the same response.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

In a setting like that where someone is just trying to be friendly and it’s a two second interaction, I never really see the need to make a distinction. If someone wishes me a Merry Christmas, I always say “You, too!” They’re being nice and making an effort to be pleasant, theres no need for me to share personal information with someone I never would otherwise. And after all, most people do celebrate Christmas, so I don’t get offended if someone assumes I do.

The only scenario where I might say something is if a coworker I see everyday asks specifically how I will be celebrating Christmas. In that case, I think it’s appropriate to mention I don’t celebrate. Other than that, I’m just grateful people are being friendly and want to return the sentiment. No one asked for my life story!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

People just need to chill out and be thankful that people are so nice around this time of year.  Just wait till late February when everyone’s miserable and so tired of the grey and slush and just generally in a foul mood.  I’ll take being wished a happy wrong holiday over a grumpy scowl anyday.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I seriously hate when people do that. If someone said “Happy Hanukkah” I’d say “And to you as well!” I love all holidays, and given the fact that 99% of strangers will never acknowledge you or have anything nice to say, I’ll smile and take the greeting. My husband doesn’t even believe in God, and when people say “Merry Christmas” to him he says “Hey thanks, you too!” no biggie.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Well…I make a stink about it because my work is loaded down with the type of customers who believe Christmas is under attack, and throw a FIT if we say happy Holidays. If the person is pleasant enough, i’ll say “You, too”, but if it’s one of those “Oh, no, you’re taking the Christ out of Christmas!!!” types…I’ll definitely make it a Happy Holidays or a Happy Hanukkah, or a Happy Yule, or something.

Post # 14
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899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Plus, I can see it being frustrating that other holidays get absolutely ignored at this time of year.

Post # 15
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14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think that it is sad that people have to respond to a nicety with rudeness.  I was always taught that politeness should be responded to with politeness.  I don’t mind being told Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or Merry twinkling lights and gifts day.   I just say “Thank you and to you too”.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper

@78h2o: Agree.

I always just say “Thanks, you too!” or say it back no matter what well wishes I’m given.  Someone could wish me a Happy *insert their own made-up celebration in here* and I’d say it back. 

Them: “Happy Dwarf Hamster Day!”

Me: “Thank you, you too! Have a good one!”

I mean really.

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