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    So do you use "Merry Christmas" to intentionally exclude non-Christians?

    I guess what I am saying is that I think non-Christians should (and mostly do) give people/stores/everywhere the benefit of the doubt that they aren't intentionally meaning to be exclusionary or hurtful by saying Merry Christmas, which actually does exclude everyone but Christians.

    So perhaps in turn, Christians could give people/stores/whoever the benefit of the doubt that they are just trying to be inclusive of everyone (Christians included) when they say "Happy Holidays" which actually includes Christians.

    More benefit of the doubt all around that no one is trying to be mean?

    Or we could all just stop wishing each other well, I guess?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    So do you use "Merry Christmas" to intentionally exclude non-Christians?
    No I do not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I am sure there are many people who do not mean the term Happy Holiday's to be spiteful. The term has taken on that meaning though. For example, we just had a debate about not using the R word. While many people that use the word do not use it to be spiteful to mentally challenged people, it is a hurtful term. So much has gone on in connection to Happy Holiday's that it no long means just a simple greeting. That term has championed the anti Christmas campaign.
    I don't think the anti Christmas campaign is as prevalent as you think it is, but my exposure is limited to where I live. But I have never heard anyone using Happy Holidays as a dig at Christmas. I have trouble understanding that it's hurtful to wish someone Happy Holidays, just as many people have trouble understanding what's wrong with Merry Christmas.
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    I am sorry if I have upset anyone on this thread. Happy Holiday's is a pet peeve of mine and it does make me feel like I am not allowed to celebrate Christmas, but I would never wish to upset anyone who does not celebrate Christmas.

    ~Bonita~

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    Well, if you don't like Happy Holidays because it has become a loaded term to you, is there another phrase that stores and people could use that would include the rest of us that you wouldn't object to? Seasons Greetings? Or is it Merry Christmas or bust?
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    I think it would depend on the spirit and tone of it. If someone cheerfully said "Season's Greetings" in an obvious wish to wish someone well, that is fine (really, same as Happy Holidays). If a store put out a printed policy that said "You can say Season's Greetings or Happy Holidays, but anyone that says Merry Christmas will be fired" I would not be ok with, which is what happened with the store that closed down and part of the reason for my distaste on the subject.

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    I'm just going to wish you a Merry Christmas, because I want you to have one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    I'm just going to wish you a Merry Christmas, because I want you to have one.
    Aww, thank you.

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