(Closed) Merry Christmas Vs. Happy Holidays

posted 6 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Because people are uptight and need to chill about EVERYTHING, lol. I’m an atheist (by religion) jew (by culture) and could care less WHAT people say to me! Happy Holidays, Merry Xmas, Happy Chanukah, hell tell me Happy Kwanzaa, whatever, as you said people are just trying to wish you well, they’re not meaning anything offensive by it!


Edit: Ps your stepmother better get used to being more inclusive since her stepgrandchildren will technically (despite however you may raise them) be Jewish ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 4
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I have no idea why this is an issue. I’m not religious at all, and my SO is Jewish, and I just say “Happy Holidays” to everyone because I more or less just celebrate the holiday season as a time to be with my family and partake in the consumer stuff, not celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus (since I don’t believe that). I don’t get upset if people tell me “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” though. That’s what they celebrate, so that’s what they say. It’s all real silly to me. I just don’t understand how someone’s greeting can be offensive. Be happy the person decided to acknowledge you at all. haha.

And remember, the reason for the season is axial tilt. ๐Ÿ™‚ haha

Post # 5
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Boston Bee:  the reason for the season is axial tilt. ๐Ÿ™‚  LOVE IT!

Post # 6
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t get it either.  Turns out, Christmas is on December 25th, not the entire freaking month of December!  It’s so dumb

Post # 7
4047 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

A lot of my conservative more religious family gets in a huff over “happy holidays” and only want “merry Christmas” to be said. Which I think is lame. I wouldn’t wish my Jewish friends a merry Christmas unless they actually celebrated it. And if I don’t know what someone celebrates, I’ll wish them happy holidays just to cover the bases. Just because I celebrate Christmas doesn’t mean everyone has to.

Post # 8
10588 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I don’t get it either, but I do find *most* people will accept any greeting of goodwill.

Personally, I say Merry Christmas, or be specific to someone else’s celebration.  If someone says Happy Holidays to me, I say something friendly in return.

Post # 9
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@BookishBelle: Happy Holidays, Merry Xmas, Happy Chanukah, hell tell me Happy Kwanzaa, whatever, as you said people are just trying to wish you well, they’re not meaning anything offensive by it!


No matter what people say, I always reply with, “Thank you, you, too!” I’m Agnostic and celebrate Christmas (non-religiously), but I usually say “Have a good holiday!” or something like that. I don’t know what people celebrate, so “holiday” is all-encompassing. Our holiday cards say “holiday,” not Christmas, and we send them to everyone, Christian or not. 

It’s like when people say, “Bless you.” It’s well-meaning (usually). I held the door for an old couple the other day and the husband said, “Oh, bless you!” and I thought it was sweet. 

Post # 10
3667 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I saw this on PostSecret ages ago and saved it since it pretty much sums up how I feel:

Post # 11
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t get why people get their panties in a wad about me not saying Merry Christmas.  I also don’t see the problem with someone saying Merry Christmas.  But, it is not just Christmas that gets celebrated, so by saying it should only be Merry Christmas, you are excluding a whole mess of people.


Post # 13
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@SoobySays:  Not just a local issue… I see this here in Canada too.  

Last year I actually got pretty annoyed when my Future Father-In-Law went on and on about how the manager of the grocery store said “Happy Holidays” to him after Future Father-In-Law wished him a “Merry Christmas”.  He replied with “Actually I wished you a MERRY CHRISTMAS” to which the smart store manager replied “And I wished you a Happy Holidays”. 

Post # 14
2269 posts
Buzzing bee

Personally I’ve never liked “Happy Holidays” simply because I PREFER to hear the different ones. 

I don’t want to hear “Happy Holidays” from my Jewish friends, I want to hear Happy Hannukah! Whether I celebrate it or not, they still want me to have a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

Down south there isn’t that much variety, almost everyone is Christian or celebrate Christmas non-religiously. My Joann store is a large format, so it has fabric, crafts and seasonal stuff. We have a Kwanzaa section, but not a Hannukah section! ๐Ÿ™

I just want to hear everything. I love the variety!! 

Post # 15
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

This issue really seems to bring out the crazies. I’ve never seen so many people get so worked up about other people trying to be inclusive to a variety of cultural/religious backgrounds. No one is taking away your freedom of religion by saying HH instead of MC. The whole thing seems silly to me.

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