Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

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It happens every year, you visit stores and everyone is saying “Happy Holidays” to you probably starting in November. Too many people are worried about offending another person that it’s no longer acceptable to say “Merry Christmas” to a customer in a store, or to someone in passing walking down the street. Last year I recall going into Walmart and other stores to find that most every cashier was saying Merry Christmas! I was excited, happy and it was exciting to see that for once it was a merry season in the stores!

I get it, many people celebrate a variety of holidays, yes it is true, but I know if someone said to me Happy Hanukkah I wouldn’t get offended, because I would realize “oh that must be what holiday they celebrate”. Who cares, to me the words Happy Holidays is fine when shopping, the only reason is because to me it covers Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years all in two simple words.

The problem that I have is that now companies are pushing the phrase “Happy Holidays” onto consumers in creating a variety of Happy Holiday decorations and less Merry Christmas decorations. Last couple of years we had looked for a Merry Christmas sign that lights up to add to our lights we put up on our house and do you know how hard it was to find that saying?! It was extremely difficult!

I get it, we are a very diverse culture, the United States of America is the land of the free, the brave and we all have different customs & traditions since so many people from other countries have moved here. I get it, I respect that, but what the heck is wrong & offensive with saying Merry Christmas to another person during the Christmas season? Would it bother you if someone were to say Merry Christmas to you if you celebrate a different holiday or no holiday at all? To me I would accept it as a kind gesture, a seasonal greeting and an act of kindness for one to say Merry Christmas to me.

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  1. I agree with you Brandy. We are getting to be a TOO politically correct society. It is one thing to be a bigot and intolerant. It’s another to be TOO correct. I say we say HAPPY “whatever holiday it is” and be done with it.

    Of course, if someone were to say Happy Holidays, I would not be offended, just as long as they didn’t FORCE me to be politically correct as well. THe one thing that is truly Merry for me is Chrsits birthday, or whatever holiday you may be celebrating. I am a home health RN. I deal with diversity on a daily basis.


  2. I grew up saying Merry Christmas and that’s what I say now. Of course, I don’t look someone who is obviously Jewish in the face and wish them a Merry Christmas, that’s when I would use Happy Holidays. It doesn’t bother me either way. A greeting is a greeting ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Everything is so “politically” driven these days. When were younger no one would think twice about it. We said the Pledge every morning at school. We said One Nation under God. I also understand that different people celebrate different holidays, I personally think that Merry Christmas is an acceptable greeting for the holiday season for me. I usually can’t tell if someone is Jewish. I usually don’t ask them. I think that to me the words Merry Christmas can be used as a greeting or a wish of a good holiday. I personally know what the words Merry Christmas mean to me as in Christ’s Birthday.

  4. I hope I don’t start a fight. I actually don’t love it when people say anything to me at this time of year. I’m Jewish. I feel like it’s easier to just say nothing than to bother/offend anyone.

    But the thing with the decorations is just weird. I obviously don’t care at all what people do in their own homes! If you want any X-Mas decorations in your house, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be readily available!

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