(Closed) The word "Christmas" being offensive?

posted 5 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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
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7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
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Helper bee

@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 # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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 # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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.

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