Merry Christmas, Merry Xmas,Happy Holidays...

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Does it really matter?

Some argue that the term "merry" refers to being drunk therefore not acceptable.... some may argue that the "CHRIST" in Christmas is not acceptable. I was just browsing the internet and found some random articles on how it is "politically correct" to use these terms.

Personally.... I don't care either way. I don't go out of my way wishing EVERYONE a Merry Christmas like a loon, but when it's said to me I return the greeting with a smile on my face. Maybe it has something to do with my being Agnostic, or is it an American thing? I don't know it just doesn't strike me as issue... let alone a "serious" one. I say let people greet others the way they want how about that.

What do all you think?


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I'm in favor of Merry Christmas, personally, but getting offended when someone is wishing you well and a pleasant greeting (regardless of which specific words they use) is completely absurd.

Barb - posted on 11/27/2011




Also, if you say Happy Holidays that includes new years.. so you are covering them all with the same amount of effort!

Hope - posted on 11/26/2011




I love saying Merry Christmas. I grew up saying it and will say it till the end :) I love Christmas and the joy it brings and I am not going to take that joy away simply because people say something different to me.

Amy - posted on 11/26/2011




If someone tells me happy Chanuka [even though I'm not Jewish and probably didn't spell that right. correct me vicki. :) ] Then I would just say, thank you! It's just poor manners to get all snappy and be like "i don't celebrate" "i'm not jewish" "i dont' believe in christ, say happy holiday".

So....Hope you all have a good Saturnalia. Because..that's what they used to celebrate. lol..but they had to put some christian holiday over the pagan one to make sure the masses were all celebrating at the same time or something. who knows. who cares? Enjoy life, my loves!


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Teresa - posted on 12/01/2011




As a bank teller, I interact with all kinds of people. I refrain from saying, "Merry Christmas,: but I do wish people a good weekend or a great holiday, being we are closed for a holiday. I don't really say Merry christmas now that I think about it. If asked, I will tell you what the season means to me but I don't just say it. Maybe I should. never thought about it. Good question.

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But the X in Xmas stands for Christ; its Greek. So thinking that it is some how different is, well, pointless. If I'm greeting someone whom I don't know well, I say Happy Holidays. I think some of that comes from working in retail. But when you work in retail you get bitched out for EVERYTHING.

I get enough glares from people. So the wimp in me just caves.

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Amy-- I love Harry Potter lol, my husband and even my son are always giving me shit about liking it.

Im agnostic, was raised in a "light" christian home I guess you could say.. our lives didn't revolve around it. I also celebrate the family get together and gift part of Christmas and that's it. My parents sometimes during Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner say grace and I deal with it because it's their home and their beliefs, its not gonna kill me lol.

"Merry Christmas" is what I grew up with so its kinda of habit. I would never dream of getting upset at someone for saying "Happy Holidays" or something other than "Merry Christmas". I just don't get people... choose your battles can't win 'em all right :)

Amy - posted on 11/26/2011




ps - i say happy christmas - i liked the way it sounded on harry potter. lol

Barb - posted on 11/26/2011




i pretty much agree with everyone else. The only time i get bent out of shape about the whole "merry christmas" thing is when people get upset at those who aren't christians daring to celebrate a holiday that has 'christ' in it. Showing their obvious ignorance at how the celebration began in the first place. Christ is not the reason for the season, bless their hearts.

I have a christian background but consider myself agnostic. If someone says "Merry Christmas" to me i have no problem returning the greeting. I'm not going to shove my belief of 'happy holidays' down their throat, it's not who i am. Same with happy Chanukah or happy holidays, happy/merry yule, happy Kwanza, merry shove it up your ass, etc.

What others do is fine with me, it's what i do that i have to sleep with at night.

Jenni - posted on 11/26/2011




Although, it doesn't really matter to me what others say, or say to me. I don't take offense. I celebrate Christmas but I'm an Atheist. I just don't celebrate the "Christ" part of it. But I think it's a little trivial to get all bent out of shape over the name.

There are also some people in my family who celebrate the "Christ" part. I celebrate the family getting together, feasting, decorating, present part. I think it's a great way to lift the winter blues. Which is the reason most cultures celebrate their holidays during the winter.

However, when out and about, I say "Happy Holidays" to strangers. To me, it's just more polite and good form. I'm not sure which holiday they're celebrating. I don't like to assume they're celebrating the same holiday as me and I don't like to exclude people. But if someone says "Merry Christmas" to me, I'll say it back.

Tah - posted on 11/26/2011




look, i say merry christmas. it's what i celebrate, if you don't want me to say it to you then wear a sign. people are so extra touchy. how am i to know that you don't celebrate it and im probably saying it in passing so if you ringing me up in walmart or stop for a chat in a starbucks line am i supposed to ask you which you prefer. This is why i give out my nice in small doses

Denikka - posted on 11/25/2011




I post this every year on my Facebook and on my MSN, just as a way to get a little dig at those who complain about *whatever* other people say, Merry Christmas, happy holidays, happy Hanuka, etc.

Have a satisfactory wintertime gift giving season.

I say it to people who bitch about Merry Christmas in real life too XD I don't really care what people say, it's the sentiment that counts. I've never been wished a Happy/Merry Yule (what I celebrate) but I have no problem being wished a Merry Christmas or even a Happy Hanuka.
People have gotten too PC XP I'm glad it seems to be dying down a bit. They went a little CRAZY there for a while.

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