Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?
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I say both. The cards I sent out said "Happy Holidays."
Frufra, thanks for making CDaN a friendlier place. The world could use a few more like you 🙂
Merry Christmas, definitely. It s my tradition. I am not Christian, Jew or anything else but it s Christmas I celebrate and it s those good Christmassy vibes I want to pass around by greeting other people. If people don t want to get the good vibes because they don t wear the right label for their bigoted tastes, it s up to them and their narrowmindedness. I d be pleased just as much if people wished me a "Happy Hanukkah" or whatever instead. It s the "Happy holidays" thing that I find bland.
I say both – "Happy Holidays" is kind of a blanket statement in the weeks leading up to. Today, I say Merry Christmas, because it's freaking Christmas. If you're offended by that, you clearly need a life *L* Merry Christmas everyone, hope you have a lovely time!
I'm an atheist – both! "Merry Christmas" a few days before and on Christmas, and "Happy Holidays" from Thanksgiving through New Years. Or "Happy Hanukkah!" to my Jewish friends.
Depends on the date. If it's the start of December, probably happy holidays, as there are a bunch upcoming. If it's within a few days or a week before christmas, then merry christmas, and if it's after christmas… well, then happy new year.
merry christmas…but I do say both…
Merry Christmas. I hate the politically correct crap and besides, it's a legal holiday so I think we ought to be able to say it without recrimination.
Merry Christmas!!! 😉
A couple of times each month I do that when I go to Starbucks. I figure that if I do a kind gesture for someone maybe I'll get one back sometime. 😉
Incidentally, a lot of the hatred of saying "Happy Holidays" comes from Fox News. They do many reports on it.
However, if you search the word "holiday" on their site, they use "holiday" as much as anyone. Holiday trees, holiday parties, holiday spending, etc.
I'm not trying to pick on conservatives or anything of the sort. Just on this topic, they're scamming a lot of good people.
DBZee, you win the internets!
The whole "war on Christmas" isn't saying "happy holidays." It's ads changing the lyrics of "Silent Night" to "Shop at our store" or "Hallelujah!" to "Target gift card!"
It's also pepper-spraying or punching shoppers so you can get the last 50" TV for a hundred bucks.
I say "Happy holidays" because there's probably 7 or 8 of them in a month's time. If today is Christmas, I'll say "merry Christmas." If it's New Year's Eve" I'll say that.
happy holidays, less likely to offend.
Snazzy Krampusmass !!
I just use whatever matches the faith, like most people above. If I don't know, I say Happy Holidays or Have a good holiday.
For atheists: Happy Nothingness!
'Holidays' means vacation in English English, so for years I thought Americans all went away for Christmas.
In the UK, it's merry/happy Christmas to all, whatever their background. You're only wishing them a good time after all. Or, going back the old soltice celebration, happy Yuletide!
I didn't buy anyone's coffee, but I gave a lady my 20% off coupon at Macy's and she was thrilled.
Happy everything to everybody!
I have always celebrated and love Christmas. But Happy Holidays feels more inclusive for me. Still, if someone says Merry Christmas to me I'll say it in return.
@Susan and @Reeses is it just me or is the holiday spirit totally lost on a lot of people today?
@Reeses my mom used to put bells on all of our shoes when we were younger and I totally ate it up. She would make us go all out when we had free dress days in December, definitely something I will pass on to my future nieces and nephews/potential children.
Happy Holidays. Then you catch everyone regardless of their persuasion.
"ferry tale"? What do boats have to do with this?
It's Merry Christmas or Happy Christmas in the UK but I like the Happy Holidays used here so I mix them up. I like to live life on the edge.
Depends. Today is definitely a Merry Christmas kinda day! I'm trying to use it as much as possible.
Both, and I'm that chipper person you want to smack in the face too. I always say " have a wonderful day". Have " a good day or great day" doesn't quite do it for me.
I am sooo team @frufa about all of this! I work with kids too, so I stick with the happy holidays, because I would hate to think I would make someone feel left out. Shopping today though, and said merry Christmas to everyone I saw. And I also wish people happy whatever the holiday, to enjoy their weekend, have a great day, etc. Smiling is also my favorite! And I have an amazing sticker collection that I give out generously. Mrs. Grossmans grab bag stickers are only $5 on their website for any fellow sticker lovers!
'Bless you' or 'may god have mercy on your sinful soul?'
Not everybody buys the ferry tale. Get over it.
Either. Doesn't matter. I'm just pleased when someone is friendly and smiling and greets me.
Merry Christmas! It is Christmas Day here in Australia, we are having a beautiful sunny day. Hope you have a wonderful day on Christmas wherever you are in the world. If you celebrate other holidays, hope you have a wonderful time during those celebrations.
@JSierra – you'll know it's me, cause smiling's my favorite!
And I do love stickers. Thank God I work with elementary school kids most of the time. They celebrate my genius – and I got to wear my fancy reindeer antlers three times this year!!
@Frufra I want some Happy Christmas stickers! If I ever run into a friendly, sticker weilding stranger on the street I will know it is you!
Frufra – that's why we love you so much! Always spreading the joy!
Both. I am agnostic, and my boyfriend is Jewish (non-practicing) so the holidays hold no special place for us. I say both, and I find it is usually a nice gesture someone is making when saying it to you, so I always want to return that respect and say Thank You, and generally reply back Happy Holidays/Christmas to them.
98% of Americans celebrate Christmas, so unless you're in Crown Heights, Merry Christmas is unlikely to offend anyone.
I don't personally celebrate Christmas, although I enjoy the warmth and spirit of the season. I wish a Merry Christmas to my friends and family that celebrate. New Year's is different, that's for everybody. I say Happy New Year to everyone, regardless of their religion or culture.
Aww smashie – right back at ya! Happy happy!
Alma – right back at ya! I always enjoy your comments :-).
@Susan – yes! Why get offended when someone is wishing you well! Very well put, lady.
It makes no difference for us here in Brazil. But I guess I say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Never seen anyone get offended by it. But if they did, I'd just ask how they would like me to greed them, lolSpeaking of which, I wish everyone in the CDAN family a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, a good week, a wonderful Tuesday, an awesome Hanukkah (I know, a little late), a nice turkey day (well, that's when we eat it, since we don't have Thanksgiving). Did I forget anything?
xoxo from Brasil!!!!
I had a Jewish friend in high school who was thrilled when I gave her a Christmas card. It just felt wrong not to give her one like the rest of my friends and she appreciated it so much to be included, being from the only Jewish family for miles around.It's always better to include rather than divide, someone doesn't want to participate that is their decision but at least the offer was put out there.
"Hail Cthulhu who sleeps in Ry'leh!"There is nothing that expresses the spirit of the gibbering sanity-smashing holiday as that does.
Happy everything to everyone!!!
Merry Christmas. I live in a heavily Jewish area though and am wished Happy Hanukkah a lot. I don't mind, because how can I be offended by someone wishing me well on a day that's important to them?
It's Christmas Day here and I would like to wish everybody a wonderful day from me!!!