Merry Christmas or Happy Holiday?

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How do you feel about people saying "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" to you? If you don't celebrate Christmas would you rather people say "Happy Holidays"? Or vice versa if you celebrate Christmas? Does one or the other offend you?


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I don't care what people say to me from my own atheist point of view. What is important is that they utilize kindness and good manners. This should be important above anything else, including religious belief IMNHO.

Sherri - posted on 12/02/2011




I prefer Merry Christmas but really could care less either way. I say Merry Christmas to everyone I refuse to be politically correct.

Jaime - posted on 12/02/2011




if i dont know what religion the person is, i say happy holidays but if i know the person celebrates christmas i say happy holidays...if im giving cards to my co workers i do happy holiday cards because some people celebrate chanukah

Jodi - posted on 12/02/2011




I don't care one way or the other. To be honest, I think getting offended by stuff like this means you have way too much time on your hands. Go and volunteer at a shelter or make some gifts for some children who might otherwise get nothing or something. Do Christmas in whatever way you choose, but don't get all upset and offended because not everyone celebrates in the same way you do.


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Jamie - posted on 12/26/2011




Merry Christmas for goodness sake! If people don't celebrate Christmas I would rather they wish me whatever they are celebrating than me having to hear PC "happy holidays" anymore. I understand the holidays comes from "holy days" but it's gotten so generic and politically correct I'm irritated of it.

Bernie - posted on 12/22/2011




I'm not sure as I didn't hear him say it as we were leaving. I think she might have been

Bernie - posted on 12/22/2011




We say Merry Christmas. My MIL owns a salon and one of her clients is a Jehovas Witness (sp?), my Husband forgot and said "Merry Christmas" to her and suddenly remembered after he said that.

Lacye - posted on 12/07/2011




If somebody came up to me and wished me a Happy Kwanzaa, I wouldn't care. I say the same about Hanuka. Please forgive if I have spelled either wrong. Most of the time, I say Merry Christmas. Not to offend or anything, it's just something I'm used to.

Heidi - posted on 12/06/2011




Either one is fine with me I won't take offence if someone says Happy Holidays, however I say Merry Christmas because Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ. No I am not religious, but if it wasn't the birth of Jesus then we wouldn't celebrate Christmas at all.

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I prefer to say "Happy Holidays" because Christmas isn't my holiday, so I don't say it. But I don't make an issue out of it. Being kind and respectful to others during the holiday season, no matter what you celebrate, speaks volumes about your character (and manners) then getting pissy over it. We send out generic "Season's Greetings" cards that are non-religious.

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I should've added...I was reading a blog and the blogger was Jewish and was very offended by people saying Merry Christmas to her.

Our Christmas cards say Merry Christmas because we know that everyone celebrates Christmas. Thinking about it, I usually say Merry Christmas because that's just what I'm used to saying. I don't do it to offend anyone, it's just a habit.

"Wishing anyone a "happy" or "merry" anything just can't be criticized, unless you're a jerk."

Well put!

Tinker1987 - posted on 12/03/2011




I like both sayings :) Happy Holidays seems more cheerful,while merry christmas reminds me more of tradition and jesus! (IMO)

Julie - posted on 12/03/2011




YOU say what your convictions are...
If you believe it is the celebration of Christ - say so!
If it merely a fun American Holiday celebration - say so!

Jennifer - posted on 12/02/2011




Unless I know the person doesn't celebrate Christmas, I say 'Merry Christmas'. If I know them that well, though, I usually know what or if they celebrate, and say happy- soltise- kwanzaa-etc......It's a habit, happy holidays doesn't offend me or anything. I'm a Christian, so i'm not gonna freak on someone trying to be pleasant.

Merry - posted on 12/02/2011




Neither bothers me but if I were to say one I'd say merry Christmas. I celebrate Christmas and maybe I'm being an idiot but even if you don't celebrate Christmas you have to be an,e to comprehend that I'm simply being nice. IMO people get too easily offended.

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Ditto Johnny. My brain thinks of Merry Christmas, but why the heck would someone complain or be offended by someone wishing them a pleasant greeting?! That's just absurd.

Johnny - posted on 12/01/2011




I don't care what people say to me, as long as it is polite and respectful. Wishing anyone a "happy" or "merry" anything just can't be criticized, unless you're a jerk.

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