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    I guess when people insist that you say "Happy Holidays" it makes me feel like I am not allowed to celebrate Christmas and that there is something bad or dirty about it.

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    If someone is giving you a hard time for wishing them a Merry Christmas...then they are being too hard and jerky. It's not that everyone else doesn't think you can say it.

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    I try to tailor my wishes to the person. I don't personally celebrate Christmas in my home (we do go to my mom and dad's house to celebrate it with them though) as I am not a Christian, but if I know someone celebrates Christmas, or it is Christmas (as in December 24th or 25th) then I will say Merry Christmas to people proactively. If I know someone celebrates Chanukah, I will tell them Happy Chanukah proactively. Ditto Solstice. If someone says "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Chanukah" or "Happy Solstice" to me, I will say the same back to them. None of that is offensive to me.

    If I don't know what someone celebrates, I just say Happy Holidays, and what I mean is "Whatever you celebrate, be it Christmas, or Chanukah, or Festivus, or whatever, have a great one." I don't understand how any of these well wishes are offensive. People need to lighten up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I guess when people insist that you say "Happy Holidays" it makes me feel like I am not allowed to celebrate Christmas and that there is something bad or dirty about it.
    Why? It's not like they're saying "Happy Holidays EXCEPT for Christmas!" It's just a way to try to include more people, including Christians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    Why? It's not like they're saying "Happy Holidays EXCEPT for Christmas!" It's just a way to try to include more people, including Christians.
    I am not sure how to explain it, but it does make me feel like I am not allowed to celebrate Christmas, and that if you do you are a bad person.

    ETA - It is like you are saying that Christmas is a curse word or that Christmas is a bad word like the N word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I am not sure how to explain it, but it does make me feel like I am not allowed to celebrate Christmas, and that if you do you are a bad person.
    Well please know that if I said Happy Holidays to you, it wouldn't be to make you feel like a bad person for celebrating Christmas. I wouldn't say Happy Holidays to you, because I know you celebrate Christmas, and like I said, if I know you celebrate Christmas, I will say "Merry Christmas." But if I didn't know you and didn't know what you're celebrating this holiday season, I would say "Happy Holidays" and I would hope you would take it in the spirit it was meant, which again is simply "Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope you have a nice one."
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    I know you Alissa, would mean it in a good spirit, but the idea that no where ever in any public place can you say the word Christmas, is what bothers me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I know you Alissa, would mean it in a good spirit, but the idea that no where ever in any public place can you say the word Christmas, is what bothers me.
    I just don't understand where you are getting this from. Stores and places like that often use the word "Holidays" to try to appeal to as many people as possible (again, not because Christmas is a bad word, but because they want Christmas shoppers, and Chanukah shoppers, and Solstice shoppers, et cetera) but it's not like you are going to be arrested or even given the stink eye if you say "Merry Christmas" to someone or if you are overheard discussing your Christmas plans or whatever. I mean, something like 80% of Americans celebrate Christmas, so the odds are very good that the person that you said Merry Christmas to celebrates Christmas themselves. And if someone *does* give you crap for saying Merry Christmas, they are a jerk who needs to lighten up, so you should ignore them or giggle at them, whichever feels more appropriate at the time.

    Again, I truly believe that the whole "Happy Holidays" thing is in no way meant (by the vast majority of people) to put anyone down. It's just trying to include as many people as they can because there are other holidays celebrated by other people during that same time period. I don't see how that makes "Christmas" some sort of dirty word.
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    I am sure I am not expressing myself well. Perhaps someone else will come along and explain it better. I know you Alissa would not mean it in an unkind way.

    ~Bonita~

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    Bonita~Do you mean public place like a school, town hall, fire station etc?

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