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GrandmaALiCE December 3rd, 2017 3:55am

Do you actually CARE what greeting another person chooses at this time of year? That is, do you care if they say “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Holidays,” “Seasons Greetings,” “Happy Chanukah” or any other greeting?

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JustHarry FL
12/04/17 5:02 pm

I don’t mind what any friend says to me, but I understand that store personnel, since they don’t know your religion, want to say HAPPY HOLIDAY. I have no problem with that. Seems from reading all these notes, it’s mostly Christians who are most offended as we non Christians are stealing their religion.
(So sayeth the Trump).

swervin Maryland
12/03/17 6:51 pm

I never understood why people get offended when someone is offering them a positive greeting. I swear, people just look for things to be offended about so they can bitch about it.

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outlaw393 01134
12/03/17 12:44 pm

Couldn't care less. Though I personally won't be saying Merry Christmas this year.

CrzyChica
12/03/17 10:17 am

Nope. I won't get offended with whatever holiday greeting you use. I'm adult enough to understand that you are trying to be kind in offering a greeting. What does bother me is people who seem to think their holiday is the only in existence and feel threatened if others don't feel the same. Kind of ironic that in what is supposed to be a season of peace and love, some people just can't deal.

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evoecon nearest binary system
12/03/17 9:05 am

Simply, I like when people are civil and exchange pleasantries. I do not care if their phrase matches my religion. If I care, it is only because I do not want others to feel slighted by my words.

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pollman00
12/03/17 9:00 am

People who care about it are ❄️s

gluxford1 Arizona
12/03/17 7:51 am

I prefer "Merry Christmas" because that's in keeping with traditional American culture and I enjoy pissing off the puritanical PC extremists, but I wouldn't care if someone said any of the other phrases to me either. At the end of the day, they're just trying to wish you a good day and a wonderful holiday season. I just tend to appreciate the fact that someone took the time out of their busy day to say one of these greetings to me.

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RussianThunder Russia and USA
12/03/17 7:01 am

I’m Jewish and I don’t care. I accept any greeting with a smile.

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chinito Florida
12/03/17 7:47 am

Me too. And if someone greet me with a Merry Christmas I answer "Merry Christmas to you too". The spirit behind the words it's what's important.

SHIPPY1944 Tn.
12/03/17 6:00 am

I’m so sick of all this PC crap, I’m just glad there are still good & decent people left, who wish one another, joy & good will❗️

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cowboy Here and There
12/03/17 5:02 am

There is an organized effort to discriminate against Christians by the Communists. So for that important reason alone, I care.

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Ebola1 Florida
12/03/17 4:48 am

I don’t take offense at people for wishing me well and I return the greeting.

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NKarta Please excuse my sanity
12/03/17 12:10 am

I don’t care what others say unless they are telling me what I should say.

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Sentinel Ya ie wa noh
12/02/17 11:00 pm

I do it more to counter the more recent calls declaring these phrases as representing something other than what I even as a child knew was a well wishing expression of joy and piece, a time not for one's self, but a time to think of others, your fellow man and countrymen......

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
12/02/17 10:53 pm

Don’t really care. The greeting its self is nice.

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fcdrvr
12/02/17 10:29 pm

I like Clark Griswold’s “Merry Christmas, kiss my ass, kiss his ass, Happy Hannukah”

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sfcren Wyoming
12/02/17 10:03 pm

Don't care at all

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mistah Happy Happy Joy Joy
12/02/17 9:53 pm

I couldn't care less what wording they use to wish me well

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FacePalm That Trick Never Works
12/02/17 9:36 pm

I accept the Holiday Greeting in the spirit it is offered 😊

It seems petty to me to take offense at well wishes.

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Zach21 California
12/02/17 9:36 pm

I couldn't care less. People can say whatever they want to.

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bluerum29 optimistic idealist
12/02/17 9:36 pm

I care about the intention

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bluerum29 optimistic idealist
12/02/17 9:41 pm

If the intention of happy holidays is to avoid Christmas for PC reasons then I'm pissed. If they say happy holidays because they are incorporating the whole season from thanksgiving to new years, that's all good.

GrandmaALiCE For a better 2021
12/02/17 9:52 pm

I agree. They shouldn’t avoid it for PC reasons.

But, what if it’s a Jewish friend? Here, assume the ^intent* is to be friendly, but he says what makes him more comfortable. (However, I do wish my Christian friends Merry Christmas.)

Or what if it’s somebody who doesn’t know you very well and they aren’t sure if you celebrate Christmas? Here, the intent is also to be friendly.

Would you think of *those scenarios* as “avoiding it for PC reasons”?


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catpillow Florida West Coast
12/02/17 9:34 pm

I truly don’t care. If someone wishes me well, I’m happy.

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anniepoops wisco fever
12/02/17 9:25 pm

I don’t care. I’ll appreciate the sentiment regardless if it’s Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Holidays.

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susanr Colorado
12/02/17 9:21 pm

Not personally, no. I don't really celebrate any of the holidays, not even Christmas very much except for a somewhat traditional meal, and time with family members who get a day or so off work. But I'm happy hearing any kind of friendly greeting, whether it's one associated with a specific religion or a general "seasonal" one. And I'm happy to return the greeting.

What I don't get, and really don't like, are folks who insist that any and all holiday greetings must be about their religion - like some of those in the SOH poll about "holiday decorations" today - one of them in particular. Why do those people think it's all about them?

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Kay41 the Midwest
12/02/17 9:26 pm

I noticed a few too. And, that they had several likes. It makes no sense to me to get riled up about something so trivial. It's very self-centered thinking.

GrandmaALiCE For a better 2021
12/02/17 9:27 pm

There are a few such people in this poll.

GrandmaALiCE For a better 2021
12/02/17 9:32 pm

Although, I just went to read the comments and that’s a little bit different. Jews typically don’t decorate the house for Chanukah. I’ve seen it rarely, but it’s not a big thing.

susanr Colorado
12/02/17 10:12 pm

I thought there was a special menorah for Chanukah at least, although calling that a "decoration" sounds all wrong, but still... I thought I had seen *some* decorations, though, and Chanukah wrapping paper for presents.

And apparently Walmart and Amazon think you should be decorating. (I'm fine with that not happening...)
=:-)

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GrandmaALiCE For a better 2021
12/02/17 10:36 pm

Yes, the Chanukah menorah is a religious object, but not a decoration. So, you’re on the right track there.

A menorah is used for exactly eight days, only during the actual holiday. I’m amused when I see one displayed at a shopping mall, during the entire Christmas shopping season, put up long before Chanukah and left up, after Chanukah has ended.

The commercialization of Chanukah (Walmart, Amazon, etc.) is an interesting phenomenon. From one perspective, it’s because companies and stores want to cash in.

There’s another source, however. Some Jewish families try to “compete” with the glamor of Christmas. They don’t want their children to feel “left out.” So, Chanukah in the United States has been elevated.

In reality, Chanukah is a relatively minor holiday on the Jewish calendar.


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ParaguasPato Columbus GA
12/02/17 9:12 pm

I don’t celebrate Chanukah, but if someone said “happy Chanukah” to me I wouldn’t be offended, I’d appreciate that they wished me well at all.

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GrandmaALiCE For a better 2021
12/02/17 9:34 pm

And I don’t celebrate Christmas, but if somebody says Merry Christmas to me, I appreciate the good intentions.

xxxceo Nationalist
12/02/17 9:08 pm

Don’t care. I’m generally polite until provoked. Keeping that principle it doesn’t matter unless I get lectured for saying Merry Christmas. That’s only happened once btw so I don’t expect it to happen again.

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GrandmaALiCE For a better 2021
12/02/17 9:37 pm

I agree.

If you believe some “war on Christmas” people, it happens all the time.

By the way, I thought you were off SOH, because it’s your time to drink. 😊


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xxxceo Nationalist
12/02/17 9:40 pm

I think institutionally there may be a war on Christmas. Not a blatant one, more of stores or colleges worrying about offending someone. At my college two years ago (when I got into my argument) the school took down Christmas decorations because it may offend other religions. So in that regard, I think that there is.

I am drinking but got bored lol.

xxxceo Nationalist
12/02/17 9:41 pm

...maybe it was 3 years ago. I forgot.

paranoidandroid peace love and science
12/02/17 9:06 pm

I *really* don’t care. I only ever see people having a fit saying they can’t say “merry Christmas” anymore... I never see people who are actually offended by it. It’s a “debate” that I’m tired of.

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jlong105 Indiana
12/02/17 9:03 pm

Not a big fan of the greeting, “hey dickhead!” But don’t care about any of the ones you listed😏

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jlong105 Indiana
12/02/17 9:04 pm

The only one that got me was merry Xmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas just happy holidays or something.

GrandmaALiCE For a better 2021
12/02/17 9:24 pm

I don’t celebrate Christmas, but I don’t cate if somebody says it to me.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
12/02/17 9:02 pm

Really, really don’t care. It’s meant to be polite, at a minimum, and in most cases is a sincere expression of goodwill. I should complain about that?

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political Georgia
12/02/17 9:01 pm

It matters because Jesus is the reason for the season.

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fmm Philadelphia suburb
12/02/17 9:05 pm

does he work for Amazon?

political Georgia
12/02/17 9:06 pm

Not at the least - people’s desire to replace glorifying His kingdom does not reduce is sovereignty in the least.

fmm Philadelphia suburb
12/02/17 9:09 pm

in your opinion

mudkip17 United States of Texas
12/02/17 9:10 pm

Christians are not the only ones with a holiday in december. Jews, muslims Buddhist, pagans and even zorostrians have religious holidays in December. it's not all about Christians

Kay41 the Midwest
12/02/17 9:12 pm

Jesus is the reason for YOUR season, but perhaps not for everyone else. The important thing is that people are nice to each other and spread cheer.

GrandmaALiCE For a better 2021
12/02/17 9:22 pm

Yes to what Kay said.

Kay41 the Midwest
12/02/17 8:58 pm

I don't care in the slightest bit. To me, the fact that the person is polite and wishing me happiness, is enough.

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GrandmaALiCE For a better 2021
12/02/17 8:56 pm

💠 GrandmaAlice asks:

Do you actually CARE what greeting another person chooses at this time of year? That is, do you care if they say “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Holidays,” “Seasons Greetings,” “Happy Chanukah” or any other greeting?

Don’t care
It’s important


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