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Merry Christmas.. Do you say it? Emmy's Mom 1 child; Indiana 1831 posts
4th Nov '12

Are you offended if someone says merry Christmas to you and you aren't religious or celebrate something else? (Or any other term that refers to a belief holiday you don't believe in).



Also, do you say happy thanksgiving to people? (I've said this on multiple occasions and been told quite rudely they aren't American and could careless).



I work in retail so I hear happy so and so all the time. Even if its something I don't celebrate or believe in I don't find it at all offensive if someone says 'happy whatever'. I just smile and say it back.



Just wondering how others feel about this. I will probably have to start my 'happy holidays' phrase soon because the store won't want me to offend anyone, which I think is silly.

akmaldo 1 child; Georgia 2778 posts
4th Nov '12

I say both, Merry Christmas & Happy Thanksgiving

Supafly★ 2 kids; Poland 14172 posts
4th Nov '12

I usually say Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas to my family of course since we're Catholic.
And as for Thanksgiving, I don't give a shit who gets offended. If you're in America, be prepared to deal with an American holiday. If it bothers you so much, stay home with a blanket over your head.

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
4th Nov '12

At work we have to say happy holidays or have a good holiday, not allowed to say merry christmas. lol it might offend someone. lol



But to ppl I know ya I say it. lol

Snow 1 child; Storybrooke, ME, United States 34017 posts
4th Nov '12

I say Merry Christmas and Happy Thanksgiving. If it offends them, oops? I'm just trying to be nice when I say it.

Nigel Thornberry 1 child; New Hampshire 6415 posts
4th Nov '12

I think it's pretty silly to get offended over. I celebrate Christmas, so I wish people a merry Christmas. I've had plenty of people wish me a happy Hanukkah and just wish them the same. People celebrate different holidays, I shouldn't have to tip toe around and try to guess just what holidays people do and don't celebrate.

Emmy's Mom 1 child; Indiana 1831 posts
4th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Nigel Thornberry:</b>" I think it's pretty silly to get offended over. I celebrate Christmas, so I wish people a merry Christmas. ... [snip!] ... different holidays, I shouldn't have to tip toe around and try to guess just what holidays people do and don't celebrate. "</blockquote>



I agree with you. I've been wished lots of happy holidays I don't celebrate but I just smile and say it back. I don't understand why anyone would be offended by being told happy something or other when they don't celebrate it.

Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
4th Nov '12

I am not religious, but we get together as family and exchange gifts at Christmas.



When I worked retail, and I work a professional job now and I still do it, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, whatever, you say it to me, I will smile at you and say it back. Whatever you celebrate, I don't have to celebrate it to wish you a happy one.

Emmy's Mom 1 child; Indiana 1831 posts
4th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Autumn Whisper:</b>" I am not religious, but we get together as family and exchange gifts at Christmas. When I worked retail, ... [snip!] ... it to me, I will smile at you and say it back. Whatever you celebrate, I don't have to celebrate it to wish you a happy one."</blockquote>




Exactly!

Stephloveslynden Due August 2 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; California 24423 posts
4th Nov '12

I say happy holidays. We were just talking about this with my playgroup. I wanted to throw a Christmas party and it was voted to be thrown as a "holiday" party instead so as to not offend anyone. That said, I have a few friends who are Jewish or don't celebrate Christmas and they are not usually offended by being told Merry Christmas.

~a girl and a boy~ 2 kids; ,, IA, United States 56503 posts
4th Nov '12

It does not offend me as I celebrate Christmas. But, when I worked in retail we were told not to say Merry Christmas because you didn't know each persons beliefs and religions.



Also my friend who doesn't celebrate Christmas because of her religion, finds it very offensive when she is told Merry Christmas.

Soon 2B Mom of 2 2 kids; North Highlands, California 3785 posts
4th Nov '12

I say Merry Christmas, and Happy Thanksgiving. If someone corrected me and told me they didnt celebrate those days, they celebrate something else, then I would just wish them Happy (insert holiday here). Unless they were rude or jumped down my throat, then I would tell them shove it sideways lol. I dont get offended if someone tells me Happy Hanukkah.

Andi+Andy=Marley+1 2 kids; Fredericksburg, Virginia 4564 posts
4th Nov '12

I say merry Christmas and I'm atheist. Christmas isn't about religion to me. It's about giving presents to kids and spending time with family. It has no religious meaning to me

MommyingWithGrace Beverly Hills, California 2427 posts
4th Nov '12

Its all crazy to me. I am not Jewish, but I would smile and say Happy Hannukah back to you. I worked i retail for many years and I didnt say it because I had seen co workers get bitched out for it. One of my co workers told a woman to have a merry christmas. The woman snatched her receipt out of my co workers hand and said "It's NOT Merry Christmas!" and stormed off.

Nigel Thornberry 1 child; New Hampshire 6415 posts
4th Nov '12
Quoting Autumn Whisper:" I am not religious, but we get together as family and exchange gifts at Christmas. When I worked retail, ... [snip!] ... it to me, I will smile at you and say it back. Whatever you celebrate, I don't have to celebrate it to wish you a happy one."


Exactly, it's not like anyone ever wishes someone a happy anything intending to offend them.