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Do You Avoid Saying Merry Christmas?

In today's Washington Times one writer laments the fact that retailers fear using the word "Christmas" in their festive advertising. The article explains that for sales going down on Dec. 26, "among major retail chains, only Kohl's and Rite-Aid have used the word Christmas regularly and prominently in their advertising."

Around this time of year, I tend to say "Happy Holidays" because there are so many holidays going on — Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's, etc. But depending on the audience or the date (for example, Christmas Eve), I have no problem saying "Merry Christmas."

While it makes some sort of sense for retailers to use a generic term to appeal to more customers, do you find that you avoid saying "Merry Christmas" so you don't offend anyone?


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I say Merry Christmas, I dont get how people who celebrate a different religion could get "annoyed" over it, to me thats close minded and immature.
ccpdm ccpdm 8 years
I celebrate Christmas and have always said Merry Christmas. I hate that all the holidays blend together. If it's Halloween, then Happy Halloween. Same for Thanksgiving. And Christmas and New Years. And if anyone if offended by 'Merry Christmas,' then they need to get a grip. It's offered in good spirit!
codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
I think the most PC is when I see in the window of Best Buy, Felices Fiestas instead of Feliz Navidad, come on! :P
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Jessie- I agree with your point that there is a difference between saying "Happy Holidays" and calling a Christmas object or tree a "Holiday ______." Saying Happy Holidays is just being inclusive if you're not sure that someone celebrates Christmas! Then again, Janneth pointed out the pagan origins of the tree, and seriously, a Jewish family stealing this tradition isn't exactly taking the Christ out of Christmas, it's a freaking tree, not a baby Jesus in a manger!
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Happy Holidays Yall!!!!!
vanilla19 vanilla19 8 years
I just say Happy Holidays, unless I know them personally, and I either say Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah. Clarabelle98, I can't believe someone got mad at you for wishing them a Merry Christmas. I'm Jewish, and when people wish me a Merry Christmas I don't mind at all, I think the sentiment is nice and I say it back.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I don't celebrate xmas so Happy Holiday works perfectly. I dare someone to die a death over that one.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
:rotfl: Steph - I find it kinda boring, actually - I think other people are much more interesting! :P
em1282 em1282 8 years
I just say "Happy Holidays" because it includes everything--Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, etc. I don't think the actual words matter, it's the sentiment behind it. Meaning, "Have a great time stuffing your face with food and alcohol while possibly having to spend time with people you may or may not love". ;)
stephley stephley 8 years
Martini - you seem to have the coolest life story!
Lyv Lyv 8 years
In Brazil that's really not an issue. The jewish are like 0.001% of the population, most people never even heard of Kwanzaa, and as for us atheists we're too excited about the gifts and the food and the partying to feel offended by anything! =D
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"I think most people just take it in the spirit it was intended..." Yeah, one would hope :)
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I agree Jude, it depends on the person. I was raised in a joint Jewish/Christian household, so we would wish everyone Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas, irrespective of what their faith was, and no one seemed to mind. My husband is a Muslim and he wishes people Merry Christmas all the time! We have a Taiwanese friend staying with us for the holidays and he is a Buddhist - but we still have presents for him under our Christmas tree and he wishes people "Merry Christmas", too. If I know someone is really against the religious aspect of the holiday, I will wish them just Happy Holidays, and the cards we send out are generic "Happy Holidays" just because we send them to so many people, all of different faiths and persuasions (and to be honest, I just use the card to show off my cute little boy! ;-) ) But, like you Jude, I don't notice that people get miffed about it either way...I think most people just take it in the spirit it was intended...
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
It just depends on the person. If I know someone really does celebrate Christmas Christmas, then I'll say "Merry Christmas"; otherwise I'll just say Happy Holidays. It doesn't take a lot of thought, and it definitely doesn't seem like something to get miffed about either way. :shrug:
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 8 years
I say whatever comes to mind - Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas, Happy Holidays, Merry Holidays, Merry Hannukah, you name the combination I've said it. I don't worry about it too much. I think "Merry Christmas" is what I say most of the time, but that's because of my centrist view ;) of what I celebrate. LOL. I celebrate Christmas, so it's what is most natural.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
:hohoho: I always say happy holidays since not everyone celebrates christmas. which by the way.. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
It's Rudy!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
No I don't avoid saying Merry Christmas however if I happen to observe the obvious signs that someone is not a mainstream American who celebrates Christmas or a (Christian) then I'll make the simple adjustment and go on about my day. Merry Christmas.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
At work I only say Merry Christmas if some one else says it first. Outside of work I say Merry Christmas normally. Sometimes I say Happy Holidays though. I guess it just depends on my mood.
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 8 years
Happy Holidays...that covers any and EVERY one.
delia delia 8 years
Like others mentioned, I hate the term "holiday tree" - it just doesn't make sense! However, I am firmly in the Happy Holidays camp, mainly because it doesn't exclude anyone. I also like the fact that it covers allll the holidays of the season, from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve. I am an atheist and my husband is Jewish, so I do find it a little off-putting when I get a really religious Christmas card from someone. Don't they get a little twinge of something being off when they're writing our very Jewish-sounding last name on a card with Baby Jesus? ;) Ha ha!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I say Merry Christmas unless I know the other person doesn't celebrate Christmas... then it's Happy Holidays. And I'm sorry, but 'Holiday tree' is ridiculous. Most everyone accepts it's a Christmas tree even if they don't celebrate Christmas. Actually one of my Jewish friends have a Christmas tree. Her dad was Christian and converted to marry her mother, so they keep that little piece of his past. They made Star of David ornaments for it... rather funny if you think about it.
Berlin Berlin 8 years
I say happy holidays...but that could be because I'm an Atheist and don't really put too much emphasis on the holidays, other than the fact that they are thrown in my face lol. Don't mind them though, it's an enjoyable time of year, but to get so bent out of shape about it? I'm sorry but if someone says Merry Christmas to me, I don't get offended:)
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 8 years
I know too many Jewish people. I also have Arabic friends and people who don't celebrate Christmas. However, people shouldn't go out of their way to please everyone. Happy Holidays is enough I guess. There is nothing more annoying than people who try too hard to me politically correct.
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