12-10-2012, 02:11 PM
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By nature I am a cheerful kind of guy and when this time of year rolls around wish everyone a hearty "Merry Christmas." Over the past five years or so I have noticed more and more people are pleasantly surprised after the initial shock wears off and then they return the phrase.

How about you?

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 12-10-2012, 02:19 PM
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  • MickToley
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I'm Catholic and celebrate Christmas. I go with Happy Holidays whenever I end a conversation with someone around this time of year. That said person might not celebrate Christmas, so I just play it safe with Happy Holidays.

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 12-10-2012, 02:31 PM
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I've always said Merry Christmas and I'm too old to change now. I don't think the PC is winning this one anymore.

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 12-10-2012, 02:35 PM
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  • Johnny
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It is Merry Christmas for me or it's nothing.

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 12-10-2012, 03:11 PM
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  • freddy
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I'm sorry, gentlemen, but with all due respect, Happy Holidays is all encompassing, as there are other holidays around this time. I'll happily wish someone a Merry Christmas if I know they celebrate it, just as I am delighted when someone wishes me a Happy Chanukah because they know I'm Jewish. However, when not sure, Happy Holidays with a pleasant smile should always work.

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 12-10-2012, 03:30 PM
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  • MickToley
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(12-10-2012, 03:11 PM)freddy Wrote: I'll happily wish someone a Merry Christmas if I know they celebrate it, just as I am delighted when someone wishes me a Happy Chanukah because they know I'm Jewish. However, when not sure, Happy Holidays with a pleasant smile should always work.

This is exactly how I do it.

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 12-10-2012, 03:32 PM
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  • Howler
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I say Merry Christmas because Christ is the reason for the season.

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 12-10-2012, 03:37 PM
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Happy Chanuka Freddy.

I've already had a good friend wish me Happy Chanuka with a big smile. I wished him the same. I'm just not a big fan of the PC police.

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 12-10-2012, 03:45 PM
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(12-10-2012, 03:37 PM)PanchoVilla Wrote: Happy Chanuka Freddy.

I've already had a good friend wish me Happy Chanuka with a big smile. I wished him the same. I'm just not a big fan of the PC police.

Thanks, Bob, and the Merriest of Christmases and Happiest of New Years to your lovely wife and you. My point isn't that it is or isn't PC but, rather, just common courtesy.

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 12-10-2012, 03:45 PM
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  • beartrap
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I see this thread turning ugly soon, but HAPPY NEW YEARS everyone Biggrin

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 12-10-2012, 03:47 PM
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  • freddy
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(12-10-2012, 03:32 PM)Howler Wrote: I say Merry Christmas because Christ is the reason for the season.

And, Brad, for you I wish the happiest of Christmases after what you've just been through. May the New Year find you stronger and healthier with each passing day. Thumbsup

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 12-10-2012, 03:56 PM
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(12-10-2012, 03:45 PM)beartrap Wrote: I see this thread turning ugly soon, but HAPPY NEW YEARS everyone Biggrin

Nah Steve. Not with these friends. I don't see it.

But Happy New Year.

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 12-10-2012, 03:57 PM
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(12-10-2012, 03:45 PM)beartrap Wrote: I see this thread turning ugly soon, but HAPPY NEW YEARS everyone Biggrin

It would surprise me, there is a real healthy posture toward others here - tolerance and acceptance. Certainly it is not my intent to cause friction but the topic is timely and its discussion may prove helpful. Here is one way of looking at it:

I'd like to think that we are all able to offer each other the greeting/blessing of our choice, be it faith-based or not, and have the other person accept it in the spirit in which it is intended. Of course, that means we have to offer it in the right spirit ...

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 12-10-2012, 04:08 PM
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(12-10-2012, 03:37 PM)PanchoVilla Wrote: Happy Chanuka Freddy.

I've already had a good friend wish me Happy Chanuka with a big smile. I wished him the same. I'm just not a big fan of the PC police.

Same here. I'm a semi-practicing Buddhist, but I don't have any major issues with people wishing me a Merry Christmas. ~75% of the country is Christian (although the "goes to a Christian church most weeks number is a surprising low number). I usually respond back with whatever I am greeted with, be it Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or whatever.

Many religions have a special day of some sort which is celebrated in December. Yes Howler, Christ is the reason for the season .... but just the Christmas Season. Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and even Islamics celebrate various days in December. So I do understand the PC crowds point of including all, but for December I just throw all of that away and go with the flow.

In answer to the two questions the above paragraph may lead to:
Early December is when Buddhists celebrate Bodhi day. This is when Siddhartha Gautama (a Hindu who would become Buddah) went and sat under a tree to meditate until he became Enlightened.

Early December is also when Islam celebrates Ashura which is a day the Prophet Mohammed fasted in solidatiry with the Jews for Yom Kippur.

Over all a big month for about 4 billion of Earth's people.

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 12-10-2012, 04:30 PM
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(12-10-2012, 02:11 PM)Captain Capsize Wrote: By nature I am a cheerful kind of guy and when this time of year rolls around wish everyone a hearty "Merry Christmas." Over the past five years or so I have noticed more and more people are pleasantly surprised after the initial shock wears off and then they return the phrase.

How about you?

I take no offense to anyone that tells me "Happy Holidays" or "Happy Chanukkah" or whatever greeting that fits their religion/beliefs or upbringing, and I expect the same in return. I've always said Merry Christmas and I always will. I'm not strongly religious and honestly I rarely go to church, but it's a saying that's been around for over 400 years and was good enough for my parents and grandparents and it's good enough for me. Anyone soft skinned enough to get offended by hearing it can just suck it up or go back to where they came from...simple enough.

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 12-10-2012, 04:37 PM
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I am not a religious person at all, but I still say Merry Christmas. It's just the phrase I grew up with and I'll always use. I hope no one takes offense. If someone wishes me a Happy whatever it's fine with me...

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 12-10-2012, 04:48 PM
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Happy Festivus Everybody

It's a Festivus for the Rest of us.

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 12-10-2012, 04:49 PM
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(12-10-2012, 04:48 PM)wingdo Wrote: Happy Festivus Everybody

It's a Festivus for the Rest of us.

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 12-10-2012, 05:08 PM
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Guys come join me in becoming a member of the wet shaving religionBow

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 12-10-2012, 08:53 PM
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Happy Holidays works very well, but i am fine with "i hope you have a great day!" Works any time of the year, really. Hee hee.

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