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Old 21.12.2011, 14:13
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"holiday time" greetings

ok.. here I go on an American type of guy rant?

Merry Christmas? ...

in the states alot of people are hung up on saying "merry christmas" ( perhaps me too ) as it may offend someone

but I work directly with muslim, hindu, and budhist and none of them have any hang up's about wishing anyone Merry Christmas ( except for the one Jehovah's Witness )

so.. what is it with us yanks... should we just collectively man-up ?

ohh...


and... Merry Christmas everyone... even you atheist heathens !
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Old 21.12.2011, 14:15
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Re: "holiday time" greetings

Muslims believe in Jesus too so there is nothing wrong with them celebrating Jesus' (Isa's) birthday.

We don't call him Christ though so maybe for them if you want to stay sensitive a Merry Xmas might be more appropriate.

Or perhaps to stay really safe 'Have a good festive period?'
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Old 21.12.2011, 14:15
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ok.. here I go on an American type of guy rant?

Merry Christmas? ...

in the states alot of people are hung up on saying "merry christmas" ( perhaps me too ) as it may offend someone

but I work directly with muslim, hindu, and budhist and none of them have any hang up's about wishing anyone Merry Christmas ( except for the one Jehovah's Witness )

so.. what is it with us yanks... should we just collectively man-up ?

ohh...


and... Merry Christmas everyone... even you atheist heathens !
For the love of "insert deity of your choice here" would you please stop writing threads and go on to your binge drinking holiday across the rivine!
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Old 21.12.2011, 14:17
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For the love of "insert deity of your choice here" would you please stop writing threads and go on to your binge drinking holiday across the rivine!
Merry Christmas LiB ( you God forsaken heathen )
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Re: "holiday time" greetings

I like the old fashioned "Seasons greetings" - except I`ve forgotten how it goes? You shake the persons hand and say .......?........ oh yes .... "Compliments of the Season", and then they say the same back to you.

To all our mulit-cultural friends here, would that pass with most cultures for their specific celebrations?
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Old 21.12.2011, 14:19
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Merry Christmas LiB ( you God forsaken heathen )
Yeah well, if I want fairy tales, I watch Walt Disney you disillusioned old fart.
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Re: "holiday time" greetings

Guilty as charged...


I find myself wishing folks around town schöne Festtage rather than frohe Weihnachten. Guess I've been walking on eggshells so long that it feels normal.

That, and wishing 'happy holidays' is a naughty but fun poke in the eye to all my rabid 'Jesus is the reason for the season' outinlaws.
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Re: "holiday time" greetings

In our house we celebrate Christmas, Ramadan, Bayrams, Easter, etc.

So I am all for merry Christmas!
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Old 21.12.2011, 14:26
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Re: "holiday time" greetings

I like to wish people a happy Christmas since that is what it is and trying to pretend it is something else seems silly to me. However, if you're worried about it, surely one can easily tailor the greeting to the individual receiving it - if you know they celebrate Christmas wish them a happy Christmas, if you know they don't then wish them something else. Not difficult.
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Old 21.12.2011, 14:31
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Re: "holiday time" greetings

The thing is that Holliday is for Christmas, so why pretending it is for something else?

Sometime I am wondering when we are going to reach to limit of PC
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Re: "holiday time" greetings

I would also like to take this opportunity and wish everybody a Happy Snow White and the 7 dwarfs day....enjoy your festivities.
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Re: "holiday time" greetings

I make life simple and wish everybody a merry celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious or secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
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The thing is that Holliday is for Christmas, so why pretending it is for something else?

Sometime I am wondering when we are going to reach to limit of PC
The "Happy Holidays" thing is confusing for us Brits, too, seeing as "holiday" is where you go off for a couple of weeks with a suitcase to lie on a beach / look at a city / ski down a mountain, etc., "We're all going on a summer holiday, no more working for a week or two" Cliff Richard stylie...

Before I picked up on American English I always assumed Americans went "on holiday" for Christmas and it was rare for them to stay at home.

Do Americans also make a PC sideways reference to Easter, too? Happy Spring Holiday, maybe?
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I make life simple and wish everybody a merry celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious or secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
That doesn't fit in a Christmas card! You need to send a binder!
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Re: "holiday time" greetings

I think the "happy holidays" thing is daft - I think most British people would say that if you were off on your summer holiday. It's Christmas - that's why we are having time off work, so what's wrong with saying it? Even if you don't celebrate it religiously you can still have a Merry Christmas can't you?

House full of heathens here and we're definitely having a Merry Christmas (I blame the sherry!)
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I would also like to take this opportunity and wish everybody a Happy Snow White and the 7 dwarfs day....enjoy your festivities.
I prefer a healthy california suntan then snow white BTW happy longest night day.I mean night
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in the states alot of people are hung up on saying "merry christmas" ( perhaps me too ) as it may offend someone
I don't think its about offense as such - as our Muslim friends here have shown, everybody understands that the holidays ie the time off is more to do with Christmas than with any other religious festivals.

I think it is just nice - especially when talking one to one to recognize and acknowledge difference. So in a room full of fifty people in the office when I walk out on Xmas eve, I won't feel bad about shouting "Happy Christmas" and I know that nobody will take it badly, but if I talk individually to any of my Jewish, Muslim, Russian or Hindu colleagues, I would say "holidays"
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Before I picked up on American English I always assumed Americans went "on holiday" for Christmas and it was rare for them to stay at home.

Do Americans also make a PC sideways reference to Easter, too? Happy Spring Holiday, maybe?

no... Easter is pretty much always referred to as Easter... Spring Holidays would sound too much like spring break so that would be just too confusing

Easter = Jesus nailed to a cross for our sins.
Spring Break = Virgins nailed on a beach for their sins.


see the subtle difference?
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no... Easter is pretty much always referred to as Easter... Spring Holidays would sound too much like spring break so that would be just too confusing

Easter = Jesus nailed to a cross for our sins.
Spring Break = Virgins nailed on a beach for their sins.


see the subtle difference?
Yep! I choose the second one!
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