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AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

This thread is a bit late, but I didn’t come on PI for a few weeks leading up to Christmas so I’ll post it now 🙂

How do you feel about people wishing you Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas?

I know some people who are offended over this, and to me that’s a huge waste of mental energy. If you want to be offended, be offended over poverty, slavery, or the lack of basic rights people are denied all over the world.

Also, Christmas is a Christian holiday, why should we expect non-Christians to celebrate it anyway?

I do however, find that if you wish someone ‘happy holidays’ out of fear that they will be offended if you say ‘Merry Christmas’ you’re being ridiculous.

When I was younger I thought people said “happy holidays” because it would take too long to say “Merry Christmas, Happy New Years eve, and happy New Years” Hehe ;))

December 30, 2014 at 15:08
spyder

spyder

I mostly agree with you. It’s super stupid when people get offended when someone tells them Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Like, maybe get over yourself? Not everyone celebrates Christmas, and even if they do, what they chose to say is none of your business 😛

December 30, 2014 at 20:00
rainbowuni

rainbowuni

I’m not a Christian, I still celebrate Christmas (just not the Christian aspects of it) 😀
To me, saying “Merry Christmas” to people who don’t celebrate it would be like someone saying to you “Happy Hannukah” or “Joyous Kwanzaa”–nothing worth freaking out over, but still a little irritating when it happens over and over again. “Happy Holidays” is really just an attempt to be inclusive of all holidays this time of year, to avoid offending anyone by holding one above another.
I think it’s kind of stupid to get as worked up as some people do over it..really, there’s more important issues.

December 31, 2014 at 11:56
Emilyitude

Emilyitude

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVo6cBee-m0&list=UUspCREvCot82I54NgN_oNTA at 12:18

December 31, 2014 at 15:21
GypsyStorm

GypsyStorm

ARGH, you guys just let the entire point slip right over your heads. xD

Sorry, I just had to say that. You guys are srsly missing it here tho. And… If Happy Holidays is including all the holidays of the year, why do we only say it at Christmas?

(P.S. No I’m not going to make a long comment trying to explain it to you. I’m just…. not. Nope. xD)

December 31, 2014 at 18:45
NerdyChick334

NerdyChick334

I think it’s ridiculous. I know many non-Christians who celebrate Christmas. In fact, in my view, Christmas is for non-Christians. It’s original intent was to basically sucker pagans into celebrating an important Christian figure (who, let’s not forget, was Jewish) and thereby convert them. Also don’t be annoyed by people wishing you a Happy Hanukkah or Joyous Kwanzaa or even a good Saturnalia or Yule or whatever they celebrate. That person is wishing you a good holiday in the way that comes most naturally to them. If someone sending you good wishes puts you in a sour disposition, you’re basically being a Scrooge.

I’m not saying you should say whatever they said back; responding with a Merry Christmas is also 100% okay. All these are are well wishes and little verbal gifts so treat them as such and appreciate them. Thank you 🙂

January 1, 2015 at 16:26
IdaPahus

IdaPahus

I refuse to say Happy Holidays. There wouldn’t be any holidays at all if it wasn’t because of Jesus Christ. So it doesn’t feel right to say anything else than Merry Christmas, especially for us as Christians, having our focus on Jesus and not on the holidays.

January 12, 2015 at 05:46
rainbowuni

rainbowuni

Technically, Christmas came from Saturnalia–a pagan holiday which originated long before Jesus or Christianity.
Saturnalia is still celebrated by some pagans.
Yule is celebrated by Wiccans and some other Pagans.
Followers of Kemetic Orthodoxy celebrate the Day of the Return of the Wandering Goddess.
Bodhi Day is celebrated by Buddhists.
Winter Solstice is celebrated by some Native Americans and Aboriginals in the rest of the world.
Omisoka is a very popular end-of-year celebration in Japan.
Shabe-Yalda, an Iranian inter-faith celebration in honor of the sun’s rebirth.
Kwanzaa is a week-long, inter-faith celebration — a cultural holiday celebrating African-American heritage.

So yes, there would be holidays without Jesus. …and I’m pretty sure most of these people would prefer not to hear greetings specific to your holiday, but it’s up to you.

January 12, 2015 at 12:31
chloe523

chloe523

I see nothing wrong with saying “happy holidays”. It’s just a simple way to acknowledge and include all holidays, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I mean, just because someone celebrates something different from you doesn’t mean that you can’t wish them a nice time celebrating and being with their families. Typically, I repeat whatever someone says to me. If someone in a store at the mall says “Merry Christmas”, I’ll say it back. If they say “Happy Holidays”, I’ll still say it back. It’s just a nice way to be inclusive to all people over the holidays. If you take offense to it, you should probably not leave the house during the holidays because you WILL hear it.

January 12, 2015 at 14:07
GypsyStorm

GypsyStorm

Honestly….It’s Christmas….If you’re celebrating it, why should you get offended that someone is wishing you a merry one? O.o It’s so silly

January 12, 2015 at 16:24
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