Post # 1
Hello Bees! With the holidays officially upon us the conversation about greeting etiquette has also begun. What do you think is appropriate to say? Would you be offended if someone greeted you one way or another? Thanks! p.s. I know that the options are limited, the conversation I had specifically dealt with only these two greetings and I wanted to see what other people think.
Post # 2
Both! It’s the Holiday season…Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, etc. are all within just a few weeks of each other, and it’s pretty likely someone will celebrate at least one of them…so I generally start saying “Happy Holidays” around Thanksgiving, since it’s inclusive for all the holidays. If it’s the week of Christmas (or especially Christmas Day), I’ll say “Merry Christmas”, then afterwards I’ll usually switch to “Have a happy New Year” or “Happy holidays” again.
I’d certainly hope everyone enjoys whichever holidays they celebrate and not *just* Christmas 🙂
Post # 3
Personally, I would not be offended by either greeting. I, however, would not use either greeting. Seems very Christmas Carol to me lol. Hello Sir, Many Happy Holidays to you! Boy, what day is it? It’s Christmas Day! I just don’t talk like that. I’m awkward enough.
Post # 4
I have friends of every faith and no faith at all so I find it strange when people argue that we should only wish people a Merry Christmas. If I know you celebrate Christmas I’ll wish you a Merry Christmas. If I know you celebrate something else I’ll follow suit. If I don’t know I’ll wish you Happy Holidays. It’s so strange to me that people get offended if you somehow wish them the wrong joy.
Post # 5
Personally I think that as long as someone greets you with joy, it doesnt matter which holiday they reference. I’m not going to be upset that someone is wishing me well but using Kwanzaa to do it.
Post # 6
I dont know what lovely town you live in where they do that….
Post # 7
If you’re going to have a greeting, Happy Holidays is probably best unless you know specifically what someone prefers. But you can’t avoid offending everyone, some people are just looking for a fight. Personally I don’t use any form of greeting like this, it feels weird to me in general. I say “hi”, “nice to meet you” and similar rather than changing my greeting seasonally. If someone greets me that way, I’ll respond in kind. My theory is, does it matter that I don’t celebrate Kwanzaa (for example)? I’d like to be happy that day anyway, so if you tell me Happy Kwanzaa, I’ll accept that greeting gracefully – I know it comes from a good place.
Post # 8
“Happy holidays” is most inclusive unless you know the person celebrates Christmas. But no one should be offended by any greeting.
Post # 9
I have worked in retail up until this year and I could not believe how many people were just outright offended that I wished them “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas.” I try to be inclusive but typically switch back and forth between the two greetings. This one particular old woman last holiday season threw a freaking fit because I had the audacity to “dismiss the birth of Jesus” by wishing her a happy holiday.
Post # 10
smalltownbigworld : I honestly can’t understand that. I grew up celebrating Christmas religiously(ish) and it never even crossed my mind that someone wishing me “happy holidays” could be dismissing Christmas…Christmas IS a holiday! Some people just like to find an issue with everything, I guess. Christmas isn’t the only holiday this season.
Post # 11
I typically say Happy holidays unless I know they celebrate Christmas. It’s more inclusive and just as easy to say.
I don’t care how anyone greets me, I’m not going to get offended by a holiday greeting even if it’s for a holiday I don’t celebrate.
Post # 12
Happy Holidays because you never know who celebrates Christmas or not. I don’t celebrate, and while I don’t get offended or anything if someone greets me with merry christmas, it is a slight pet peeve of mine. It’s just annoying to assume everyone celebrates it, not to mention I’m very obviously not Christian as I wear a head scarf so it just kinda makes the person seem ignorant. Then again many non-Christians also celebrate so… I’m used to it and I know no one says it with bad intentions or anything like that so it’s no biggie. I just respond with Happy Holidays regardless of whichever greetings is used 🙂
Post # 13
whichever. I’m athiest but I’m more than happy to say happy Christmas.. I just don’t really care and don’t see why anyone would be offended if you wish them a happy Christmas, even if they don’t celebrate it.. if they say “I’m Jewish” be like “my bad, happy Chanukah!”.
Post # 14
I used to work at a grocery store and I would say “Merry Christmas”. Our store managers never told us that we were only allowed to say “Happy Holidays” or anything, and I never had anyone get offended. I had quite the opposite.. some people were thrilled that I was one of the people who still said it.
I don’t understand why people get offended at something so small as a greeting. I celebrate Christmas, but if someone wished me a Happy Hanukkah or Kwanzaa (as someone did when I worked at the grocery store, before I had a chance to wish them a Merry Christmas), I simply smiled and wished them the same back. IMO, people are being polite by wishing you a “happy/Merry” ANYTHING, and with all of the negativity in the world, we shouldn’t let ourselves get so worked up over people wishing us something with good intentions…
Post # 15
I’m Jewish, so I obviously prefer to use Happy Holidays, but I don’t get upset if a stranger wishes me a Merry Christmas. If I knew someone was Christian I would wish them a Merry Christmas.