Post # 1
In a previous post someone mentioned being offended by the word Christmas. So I’m here wondering why in the world that word would be offensive?
Religion asside, I already have my religion and don’t need a debate about which is wrong. I’m just wondering why “Christmas” is offensive?
I’m a Christian and when people say “Happy Holidays” I smile and say it back. It’s a happy greeting the same as “Merry Christmas” so why is “Merry Christmas” offensive? I just don’t get it.
Wouls someone shed some light here so I can maybe understand where you’re coming from with this?
Post # 3
i have no idea.
i don’t get it. it’s not like someone is shoving a Bible in their face and yelling “It’s Jesus’s birthday!!!!!”
they are basically saying “have a good time during the season in which I personally celebrate this holiday. You may not celebrate it, but i still hope you have joy in these days.”
but… that’s a mouthful. so they say “happy/merry christmas/hannukah/saturnalia/whatever”
Post # 4
I don’t understand this either. My circle of friends has all different religions.. and I commonly wish them “happy
” whatever holiday they celebrate, and they wish me a Merry Christmas because they know I celebrate it. Sometimes, I think people are simply being immature and nit picky. We’re all adults and we should just accept that everyone doesn’t have the same beliefs. My best friend is Muslim and I send her a Christmas card because even though she doesn’t celebrate it, she enjoys getting the greeting card. And especially in this country, Christmas is as much a cultural holiday as a religious one. Many people that celebrate Christmas aren’t even religious.
Post # 5
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@pinkgreenandyellow: Yeah, I don’t really know how “Christmas” can be offensive. What else are we supposed to call it?
If this issue is generically saying “Merry Christmas” to everyone you meet, regardless of their own holiday practices… well, I think it’s a bit oversensitve to be offended by someone giving you a well-wish that’s not directly applicable to you. I’m not upset if a Jewish friend wishes me a Happy New Year at Rosh Hashanah. Instead, I’m happy to recognize a special day of someone else’s and to be recognized be them on that day. The world is a little bit better the more we all share in each other’s joys.
Post # 6
I say “Merry Christmas.” If someone celebrates some other holiday, I would expect them to say “Happy Hannakah” or whatever back to me. People are too touchy about too many things that don’t matter.
Post # 7
Personally, I’m not offended by being told “Merry Christmas.” I can understand how someone might be though. I constantly feel like Christianity is being imposed on me when I’m in the US. Saying “Merry Christmas” to a stranger is like saying that Christmas is the norm. It’s just nicer to respect that others celebrate different holidays and wish them “happy holidays” instead.
Post # 8
I’ve been told “Merry Christmas” plenty of times and not once have my panties knotted themselves. I don’t understand why anyone (of any religion) would be offended by it; it’s two words. Most people do celebrate Christmas, at least in the US, so it’s common to hear it around the holidays. Even those that aren’t religious usually celebrate ‘Christmas’, giving presents, Santa, etc.
*Shrugs* People get offended too easily over nothing. Someone saying, “Merry Christmas” isn’t out to get you and make sure you believe in Jesus.
Post # 10
Yeah, I absolutely cannot stand this whole matter. Years and years ago, it was Merry Christmas and nobody got offended. Now God forbid we say that, and people ago apeshit! Geez people we are not trying to offend anyone!
Post # 11
@rosworms: Truth be told, December 25th is not even the birthday of Jesus, just a made-up holiday to coincide with the pagan solstice ritual, and the Santa Clause that we see now was only created in the mid-nineteenth century by Americal cartoonists.
Even I don’t see the problem with celebrating Christmas, as long as celebration of Eid or Diwali aren’t banned from the country. I mean, by not allowing the Christians to express their religious sentiments freely, aren’t you discriminating against them? Having said that, I probably wouldn’t understand much anyway, as Christmas is officially celebrated here.
Post # 12
@AlwaysSunny: Now see this is what I’m wondering. Because when saying “Merry Christmas” unless someone is chasing you with a bible and sayng it, they aren’t trying to push their religion on anyone, they are just wishing them well on the holiday they hold dear to them.
I feel the need to say “Merry Christmas” more over the last couple of years because it seems like people are trying to get rid of it all together. Others can push their non beliefs or other beliefs on Christians to force the Christians to not say and do certain things but it’s not even ok for Christians to say something as simple as “Merry Christmas”? I just don’t get it!
Again I need coffee and am about to walk away from my computer until I’ve had a full cup of coffee in me but ANY religion should be able to freely and comfortably be able to express their beliefs and wish others a “Merry whatever” or a “Happy whatever” without others being offended or panty twisted as a pp said (LOVE when people use that phrase it always makes me chuckle a little)
Post # 13
Drink your coffee OP. I worry about this thread already. >.>
I think wishing someone good tidings in any manner is polite and it’s impossible to know whether they would prefer Xmas, Kwanzaa, chanakah, holidays, etc. Say what you feel is best and if someone is offended that is their right. I’m atheist and still say happy holidays. Dude, I like gifts, food and NYE like the next person so rock it out and say what you want to me. I’ll take them all. I sometimes even respond in hebrew to confuse them. Hehe I’m a dick. 😉
Post # 14
@Aquababes: +100000000000000000000000 thank you!
Post # 15
@Aquababes: This. I’m not a Christian, and I don’t get offended by being told “Merry Christmas,” but I do get offended that people just assume that I celebrate Christmas, or when people get uppity about “Happy holidays.” Not everyone celebrates Christmas, and it’s not the only holiday this time of year.
Post # 16
It’s a sad state when one person can’t take a joyful greeting from another without getting their panties in a twist.
Sometimes I feel as though I might as well be saying “F*ck you!” when I say “Merry Christmas!” to some people, the looks I get.