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Old 12-11-2011, 11:43 PM
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Depending on the day and the mood I'm in, I'll either be the scrooge who doesn't say anything, because it's damned if you do, damned if you don't.
I say Merry Christmas and I'm being insensitive.
Say Happy Holidays and I'm being overly politically correct.
So, a lot of the time, I say fuck it, you're getting a "have a nice day" and be happy for it.
Then there are the days that I say Happy Holidays and if someone calls me on it I reply "I'm sorry, I assumed you were celebrating both Christmas and the New Years, I should not have been so presumptuous"... nothing like turning someone's complaint against them.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:00 AM
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Come to think of it, I haven't heard "Seasons Greetings" in a great many years.

Also, I've now the strong urge to wish Christ a very, merry unbirthday.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:14 AM
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A thought.

If happy holidays is acceptable for some, do they use that phrase at diwali or eid or the celebrations of religions other than christianity? Why is it only brought out at this time of year?

More wondering than debating - I'm more interested in knowing than in debating it.

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Old 12-12-2011, 12:35 AM
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:05 AM
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Blaquekatt: by freedom from religion I meant not having to praticipate in religion if you don't want to. A simple greeting isn't violating anyone's rights.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:06 AM
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This is what I posted on my facebook. Yeah, it's a bit passive agressive, but I got really tired of all the drop outs I went to high school with posting about how their religion is being outlawed and all that BS.

Just so everyone knows, I don't care what the fuck you celebrate. I don't care what the fuck you call a decorate tree and so on and so forth. Stop acting like fucking victims. You're not being prosecuted, there are no laws against your religion, and we live in a country with a Constitutional mandate of separation of church and state. If you want your religion and its holidays recognized by the government, go start your own country with a theocracy, because the US is a democratic republic. Evidently, many of you have a problem understanding this. How about instead of popping out kids you can't afford you go back to school and stop being brainwashed by the church.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:20 AM
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Originally Posted by BlaqueKatt View Post
...as in not having a religious greeting shoved down our throats and told "we're the ones with the problem"
Anyone who reacts to a heartfelt "merry Christmas" any differently than a heartfelt "have a nice day" needs to go see a proctologist and get the chunk of lumber dislodged from their uptight ass.

Other people's freedom to declare their own religion in a benign manner comes out on top.

I really find it funny that people who try to wield the First Amendment like a battering ram against those who follow any religion seem to completely forget that the First Amendment is what gives those people the right to make such declarations in the first place.

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Old 12-12-2011, 02:18 AM
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I have been saying happy holidays since I was a kid and the PC movement hadn't tackled the whole what to say at winter time thing yet.

You know why because New Years is right after Christmas. I was always saying it to acknowledge them both as in my community they were the predominant holidays. We were 5 years into the happy holidays argument before I even noticed.

The funny thing is that most people I knew rarely said Merry Christmas before this issue unless it was Christmas day because you had a line up of Thanksgiving, Christmas then New Years.

Now they are all upset that they are frowned at for saying Merry Christmas.
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Iseeyouthere View Post

The only ones who would throw a fuss about the swap from MC to HH are the Christian Fundies, the ones who demand everything and one be "Christianised" (that a word?). The type of people we want to lock away from public so we can preserve our sanity.

And you know what? I say both Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. If someone says they don't celerbrate Christmas, I say sorry and wish them a happy holiday.
If they carry on, I flip them the bird.

Ahhh. Such a joyful time of year. Can't you feel and see the love?
I don't say Merry Christmas unless someone says it to me first. More out of respect in general, not because of a particular religion. (I have Buddhist and Pagan friends, however they are both starting to celebrate the secular aspects of Christmas for various reasons)

There was actually a Facebook status about this as well that was circulating around my friends pages. I was actually disgusted by it: the gist of it was that if you're one of those who says "Happy Holidays" or call it a "holiday tree", then you don't follow Australian customs and should therefore leave. My response to it has been: there are those who don't celebrate Christmas, yet were born in Australia. Does this mean that they should be forced out of the country for choosing to follow a different religion? (not all Muslims are Middle Eastern/Asian, not all Buddhists and Hindus are Asian and not all Jewish folk are Israelite. Also do not forget pagan traditions )
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:04 AM
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I stick with happy holidays, but overall I just don't care what someone wants to say to me. Except, now that I think about it, I might start responding to "Merry Christmas" with "Happy New Year" because it's never freaking Christmas when people say it to me.

Anywho, one thing I can't stand is people who need to rant and rave the moment they hear somebody say "Happy Holidays" (the same would apply to "Merry Christmas" but it doesn't seem to happen)

Like a SC I had at work. I work in a photo studio, and our seasonal background, though clearly a Christmas tree, is called "Holiday Scene" so that's what I refer to it as. Now this one dad was happy to ignore everything happening and play on his iPhone, but the moment I said "Holiday Scene" to his wife he starts ranting and raving.
"What holiday!? There are tons of holidays! My favorite holiday is Fourth of July! Is it a Fourth of July background? NO!? THEN CALL IT CHRISTMAS!"
Which I promptly ignored like he ignores his family because I didn't name the damn background.
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