Is the "Merry Christmas" issue really even an issue?

 Zykanthos (@chodebalm) 7 years, 9 months ago

This year especially, I’ve seen tons of comments and images in support of saying “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.”

But then I ask myself, “Is anyone ACTUALLY offended by people saying Merry Christmas, or are these people creating a nonexistent issue in their own minds?”

I mean, I have yet to ever hear someone actually complain about someone else saying Merry Christmas. I’ve never heard anyone say they’re offended by it. Now that’s not to say that there ISN’T reason to believe people might be offended by it, because one can easily look at commercialized, politically-correct holiday messages that say “Happy Holidays” and conclude that these companies must use that phrase to avoid offending someone of a different belief or religion. But seriously, where are all these supposedly offended people!?

I’m starting to believe they don’t exist and that angry people who want to say Merry Christmas have just made them up as an excuse to continue to say Merry Christmas.

Just my thoughts. Does anyone else feel this way?

Oh and I’ll end it with this: How to Respond to Holiday Greetings:

December 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm
Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

I absolutely agree with you, it is a sentiment, often it is just obligatory but often it is quite heartfelt. I believe in separation of Church and State but I do not really count myself as secular or religious, people cannot seem to just express their identity or innocently connect with people without some kind of politically correct objection to it. Threats to freedom of speech and expression seem to come more from politics than religion at this point :p

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CaoimheS (135) (@caoimhesweeney) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

I don’t see the problem with it either.
It is Christmas and that is what you’re celebrating. I’m not religious so I don’t celebrate it for religious reasons but I acknowledge that it’s still Christmas. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but we don’t insist people who do celebrate it say “Holidays”…

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Anonymous (175) (@) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

I hate the term Happy Holidays, it’s too PC.

The USA is traditionally a Christian country, and still is by and large (based on adherent numbers). People need to grow up and stop being infantilised, which is essentially what the PC movement does largely, though not exclusively).

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Josh (213) (@reinvented2012) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

People just need something to complain about. They want everyone to feel accepted and they think if you say Merry Christmas to someone that doesnt celebrate Christmas or isnt religious then youre offending them. Its ridiculous, say whatever you want, if someone is offended by the saying Merry Christmas, then they have some real issues.

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

It’s definitely creating an issue where there is none. People are choosing to take offense. Celebrate Christmas or whatever other holiday you want to, or don’t. Make your choice and don’t bash others’ choice. Simple.

I think the real problem comes in where people either ram a holiday or religion down other peoples’ throats, or when people who don’t celebrate the holiday or religion mercilessly tear it down and try to ruin it for the people that do.

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

PS, I would not say that I am religious, but neither would I say I’m an atheist either. Personally I prefer not worrying about any of it and just enjoying the holiday season for what it is, a time to be festive and enjoy oneself.

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sian (109) (@siantastic) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Yeah, no I don’t think it’s a real problem. I wished people I spoke to a ‘happy Wednesday’ yesterday, nobody gave a shit.

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

No, yeah.

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sian (109) (@siantastic) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

I see what you did there.

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Anonymous (21) (@) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

This is not an issue where I come from. I have a slight feeling this is really a American thing. Maybe a english speaking world thing. Can anyone elaborate? In here most of the population is catholic/christian, there are no other population-wise significant faiths.

A bit off topic but I would like to talke the opportunity and kindly ask people who happen to read this to place theirs questions geographically, unless it is really really an earth thing. I don’t mean to rude.. it is just that I think this website was not suposed to be about all-things-america, and sometimes thats just how it feels.

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