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Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

Dom over on My Too Sense posted this....
Well it’s that time of year again. Christmas time. The time of gift giving, good will, good wine and that email from management reminding you use the non denominational “Happy Holidays” greeting, rather than Merry Christmas.

I really don’t see where people take offense. If someone Jewish came up to me and wished me a happy Hanukkah, the last thing I would do is take offense. I would thank him for his kind words. Just like if I were to wish him a Merry Christmas, I would not expect him to be offended, and if he did get offended… well, I would be offended.

If you are offended by this post… I’m offended that you’re offended. Merry Christmas.

I couldnt have said it better myself.... Merry Christmas To All!


  1. I truly don't understand what the controversy is about.

    I grew up in a small town where (as far as I knew) everyone celebrated Christmas. So I always thought Happy Holidays meant Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. :)

    I never thought of it as a non-denominational greeting until I moved to the city. I still say Happy Holidays, whether or not other people are offended by it. It's the sentiment that counts, I think.

  2. I was just having this conversation with my mom. I wouldnt ever be offended if someone wished me well for a holiday that I didnt observe. Even my brother-in-law's family, who is Jehovah's Witness (no birthdays, Christmas, etc), even they dont get offended if we slip & say Merry Christmas. They just graciously smile, say thanks, and wish us well for the holiday.

    People get offended too easily. Just accept that someone has good intentions! :) I hope that you have a Merry Christmas, and that you remembered to celebrate Festivus as well ;)

  3. Annie I always thought Happy Holidays meant the same thing... Merry Christmas and Happy New year. But it has evolved into a politically correct way of wishing anyone and everyone, no matter their religion, well on the holidays so as to not offend anyone. Me, personally, I'm sick of all the politically correct bs.

    sarah I feel the same way. When some one wishes my Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzza, etc. I truly dont get offended. I smile and usually say "like wise". But like I told Annie, our nation has gotten so bad when it comes to the "what's politically correct" thinking and I think thats bs.

    I would never offend anyone intentionally. I think most people feel that way. So with that being said, why do they get offended so easily? It doesnt make sense to me.

  4. I love it! I was not offended at all. The meaning behind the phrase is the same, so why take offense?

    And to answer your comment on my blog, heck no that does not make you a bad person! Sometimes I get annoyed that people get so excited over her because she really isn't that exciting (one person can only see so many pictures of a little kid inspecting calf nuts!)

  5. I always wish people Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays regardless what their religious believes are and eventhough I'm not observing any religion I do have a tree decorated and exchange presents on both 25th and 31st. And I don't get offended when someone wishes me to be well on any holiday :)