I have never in my life been told that I should not say Merry Christmas. I have been told that I should not say Happy Holidays. Who is being censored?
Neither of these groups, specifically, but rational humans who value precision in speech (who may fall into either group), explicitly.
The fact that this is what people, both Christians and secularists, consider persecution in this country just shows just how far we all have our heads up our ásses.
Or censorship. I guess not everyone cries persecution, but the way people are quick to call it censorship or anything else that extreme might as well.
I think the whole thing is silly.
Agreed now give me my non persecutive starbuck's cup!
I've been criticized because I send "Happy Holiday" or "Season's Greetings" cards. I find it insane as I send and receive cards from people of multiple religions (their cards are similar). Why would I exclude people? When I'm "called out" on saying it or sending it, I simply explain that as a Christian I believe that everyone should be included in the joy of the season and that Jesus wasn't into excluding people.
I've been told not to say Merry Christmas. And unless they're helping me pay my bills (ie my job) I tell them to screw off.
I also don't say Merry Christmas to someone I know isn't Christian. I'll say Hanukkah or Diwali if I know their holiday.
I have never been told either. Honestly I think this is a non-issue and is not as widespread as people think it is.
I never have either. I think most sensible people recognize when I say "Merry Christmas" that it is a way for me to wish them well this time of year. I would never change what I say if someone did try to "correct" me. It's their loss for being too sensitive.
Would you be ok with someone telling you happy Hanukkah or Eid Mubarak?
I would be pleased to hear it
At least your consistent.
It's the thought that counts
I've never been told either.
I have only been told that it is wrong to say Merry Christmas. Actually, Happy Holidays means Happy Holy Days, so that ought to annoy secularists as well. Holiday, as a cessation from work, is chiefly modern British.
Yup. I usually say, "have a happy holiday" no matter which holiday it is, things like memorial day. I've been bitched at a couple times though by older people.
I've not been told either one.
I just got an email from a family member on all the reasons I shouldn't say happy holidays.
LoL - sorry, that just amuses me 8)
Seriously. I said, I'll say whatever I damn well please to include a happy Hanukkah to my Jewish family and friends!
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I have held several government positions and been told never to say anything other than happy holidays. Outside of work, no one has ever said a word.
Well if you only say happy holidays people would not waste their time telling you not to say Merry Christmas.
In my life I say Merry Christmas and have been told to say happy holidays.
I say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. No expression of well wishes offends me.