Skip to comments.Are you offended by 'happy holidays' instead of 'merry Christmas'? (Freep this poll)
Posted on 11/29/2010 7:08:14 AM PST by ConservativeStatement
What do you think?
Are you offended by 'happy holidays' instead of 'merry Christmas'?
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No. We are a multi-cultural society which celebrates many different holidays at that time of the year. There is no offense intended when you tell someone "Happy Holidays." (125 responses)15%
People who are very offended by "Happy Holidays" really need to chill. (128 responses)15%
858 total responses
I’m not offended. I just think those happy holiday people are dumbasses.
Christmas is a religious observance that takes place in homes and Churches.
It registers to me as false piety if retail outlets interested in commerce besmirch the birth of our Lord with shallow observance, reindeer, snowmen, and a fat man in red and call it Christmas instead of “Holiday”.
But maybe if someone were to pray LOUDER in Church, people might think they were more pious! ;)
No. The only authentic Christmas experience is the midnight service/mass on Christmas eve.
I try to keep in mind that holiday is just a variant of Holy Day and move on.
I always correct them with MERRY CHRISTMAS
If a company wants to make money as a result of Christmas then it should use the word Christmas in its advertising.
i find it sad and yet funny that everyone is going to the “happy holiday” label more and more.
This federal holiday is in observance of Christmas, not any other religious celebration that some people may observe.
when those who came before us decided to recognize that time in December it was Christmas that was on their minds and lips.
this “winter holiday” crap reminds of those people who use the CE (common Era) and BCE as their dating system. they can label however they want to, but we all know its really BC and AD...
No, of course not. And if they are offended when I answer with “Merry Christmas,” I’m not offended either.
Me too and I always buy Christmas cards that say the C-word. I am a DJ at a college radio station (have stuck around for close to 30 years!) and will play Christmas music, etc. and I always tell my listeners Merry Christmas. Yes if there are tunes for other holidays I’ll play them too (”I’m Spending Hannukah In Santa Monica”—Tom Lehrer; “Hannukah Song”—
Adam Sandler) but in general I don’t forget to say Merry Christmas _AND_ happy Hannukah, etc.
Dec 25 is observed as Christmas Day, not “...holiday...”
And here will come the various stories of schools
having “holiday” concerts and shying away from any
“Christmas” mentions (just sing Let It Snow instead of
Silent Night, O Come All ye Faithful, etc.)
Whatever happened to embracing all cultures? Celebrate the various holidays but don’t forget Christmas is a part of
them. And I’ll shop at stores that use the C-word.
Yes, let us all call the year 2010 CE. What is it (roughly) 2010 years after......... um......... the birth of Christ? Yes! Exactly! So why the superficial change? All to maintain the pretense that we do not count the years from the time of Christ.
Happy Holidays is to maintain the pretense that we are not, largely, celebrating Christmas.
But as to RETAIL outlets..... let them save their false piety. They obviously don't care if it is Christmas or Hanukkah (elevated in secular importance to pretend that Jewish people need time off in mid December as well) Yule (the pre-Christian European holiday that Christmas supplanted), New Year, Scientologist Xenu day, or whatever. They just want your money.
“Christmas” decorations are mostly Yule decorations anyway, and as far as I can tell, most secular Americans are celebrating Yule, not Christmas.
I say Happy Chanuka to fellow Jews on Chanuka (it is this week) and Merry Christmas to my Christian friends on Christmas.
I've had about all I can take about this. My fellow Christians are about as whiny as the whiniest of Left-wing victim groups. News flash. You're not victims! Quit acting like it.
There are Christians actually suffering and dying around the world for their faith and we get our knickers all in a twist because some stupid store has a banner up or runs a flyer that says Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.
Besides, what the hell does spending thousands of dollars on worthless crap that is going to be broken, obsolete or otherwise abandoned in 2 weeks have to do with the birth of Christ anyways?
Grow up. Get a grip. And get a life.
Oh, yeah. And Merry Christmas.
1)Merry Christmas to my Christian friends.
2)Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends.
3)Drink One for Me to our Atheist friends.
4)I have a gun to many,not all, Islamics
5) F Off to the secularists who want to eliminate the Christian/Hanukkah season.
I think that everyone who is offended by “Happy Holidays” needs to chill. I also propose that here to fore Easter be renamed “Happy Colored Eggs and Candy Day” and that the Forth of July be renamed “Happy Fireworks Day”.
I am sure that other “right” minded and accepting people here can come up with other holidays that should be more appropriately named.
What do you think?
Are you offended by ‘happy holidays’ instead of ‘merry Christmas’?
Yes. The name of the holiday is “Christmas,” not “holiday.” We need to put Christ back in Christmas, despite all the people and media who want to take it away. (858 responses)
No. We are a multi-cultural society which celebrates many different holidays at that time of the year. There is no offense intended when you tell someone “Happy Holidays.” (154 responses)
People who are very offended by “Happy Holidays” really need to chill. (157 responses)
1169 total responses
(Results not scientific)
I mam not offended. We have a large Jewish community here. Also in stores their employer may have directed employees to use this phrase.
I do however ALWAYS respond with MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Even small towns here in rural Georgia put up banners that say
Which is by far, THE most sterile, generic, nonsensical, idiotic clause in the holiday repertoire of heartfelt wishes.
I don’t care what you call it, just give me presents and stuff and more presents and stuff...... (/s)
Hannekah is the first week in December this year.....no reason after that to say anything but Merry Christmas.
Yes. The name of the holiday is “Christmas,” not “holiday.” We need to put Christ back in Christmas, despite all the people and media who want to take it away. (922 responses)
No. We are a multi-cultural society which celebrates many different holidays at that time of the year. There is no offense intended when you tell someone “Happy Holidays.” (163 responses)
People who are very offended by “Happy Holidays” really need to chill. (164 responses)
1249 total responses
Merry Christmas to all!
Not really. Since I was a kid people have said Happy Holidays versus Merry Christmas. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and another religious holidays like Hanukkah, it makes perfect sense to use Happy Holidays.
Offended? Hardly, but for the purposes of their dumb poll...sure.
I do the same. When they say “happy holidays”, I say same to you. Then I add, and “Merry Christmas”. “Have a blessed day/night”.
But when do you say Happy New Year?
The Sun Sentinal needs a clue. For my Floridian frinds to subscribe to the rag...let them know if they continue bashing Christianity - they can kiss their subscription goodbye.
America is not culturally homogeneous, and that is as it should be.
Diversity MEANS: Your culture is OK and SO IS MINE!!! In this country, nothing and no o ne may interfere with YOUR or MY cultural expression until OR unless one of us breaks the law. Period.
We can work and live together easily and successfully just as we have been doing since the beginning of the United States of America.
This infantile and deliberately over sensitization to cultural differences is/has been hyped by the Left and it is extremely and obviously artificial.
America needs to remember, or be regularly reminded, that we fought a Revolutionary War, Civil War and two World Wars as ONE nation and did so efficiently and successfully.
If America is socially imperfect, it is STILL better than ANY WHERE ELSE on earth. We are VOLUNTARILY perfecting and will continue to perfect our country! It is deceitful and immoral for the MSM and the Liberals to perpetually bang on as if wholesale; stone-age racial inequities exist and are encouraged in America.
Absolutely I am completely offended.
I don’t buy Christmas cards that say Happy Holidays and by God, I will be more than happy to tell any stores I shop in that most of their money is made from Christians celebrating Christmas and if they don’t want my money, so be it.
Its Christmas, damnit!!
Or National Honeybun Day or Kiss a Pig day.
C H R I S T M A S.
Or Hanukkah to my Jewish friends.
A legitimate holiday, not a politically correct one to make everyone feel warm and cozy.
Not National Honeybun Day.
sorry about typo. My computer has its own mind.
Well,,, “Happy Holidays” is something I’ve heard all my life, and I’m 64. It used to refer to Christmas and New Years as being the “Holidays.” The “Holiday Season” included them both. You wished a person “Happy Holidays,” Then on Christmas day, you wished them “A Merry Christmas,” and a New Year’s Day, you wished them “A Happy New Year.” “Happy Holidays is an inclusive wish for both holidays. I’m not offended by it.
“But when do you say Happy New Year?”
I say Happy New Year to Christians on Jan 1 and ‘Shana Tova’ to Jews on Rosh Hashana.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
EVERY WHO DOWN IN WHOVILLE LIKED CHRISTMAS A LOT,
BUT THE GRINCH, WHO LIVED JUST NORTH OF WHOVILLE, DID NOT.
THE GRINCH HATED CHRISTMAS THE WHOLE CHRISTMAS SEASON
NO ONE KNOWS WHY, NO ONE KNOWS QUITE THE REASON.
IT COULD HAVE BEEN THAT THE GRINCH WAS JEW,
BUT HE WASNT THE GRINCH SIMPLY HATED EACH WHO.
HE HATED THEM ALL SINCE THEY ALL SEEMED SO HAPPY
AND THE GRINCHS POOR LIFE WAS COMPARATIVELY CRAPPY.
THE GRINCH WAS AN ATHIEST, GAY, AND A COMMIE
(SOMETHING HED LEARNED FROM HIS DAD AND HIS MOMMIE).
HE DIDNT MIND WINTER SOLSTICE OR KWANZAA
BUT THE CHRIST NAME IN CHRISTMAS DROVE THAT GRUMPY GRINCH GONZA.
BECAUSE JESUS TAUGHT LOVE, GOODNESS, MORALS, AND SUCH
THINGS THAT THE GRINCH DIDNT PRACTICE THAT MUCH.
BUT YOU KNOW THAT OLD GRINCH WAS SO SMOOTH AND SO SLICK
THAT HE THOUGHT UP A PLAN AND HE THOUGHT IT UP QUICK.
THIS YEAR NO SANTA SUIT, NO TASTY ROAST BEAST
NO TRUSTY DOG MAX OR CRASHING THE FEAST
NO MORE BROODING IN SILENCE, NO CINDY LOU WHO
NO . THIS YEAR THE GRINCH WOULD CALL the ACLU .
SO THE GRINCH GRABBED HIS CELL PHONE, HE GOT ON THE HORN
AND CALLED ON THE MOST VILE LAWYERS EER BORN.
ATTORNEYS AMORAL, AGGRESSIVE AND MEAN
WHO WORK IN THE WHOLE HATE AMERICA SCENE.
AND YES ALL THESE LAWYERS WERE ALL CLOSET COMMIES
(SOMETHING THEYD LEARNED FROM THEIR DADDIES AND MOMMIES).
AND THOUGH THEY WERE BAD FROM SHOELACES TO FACES
THEYD ALL BECOME RICH ON A CONTINGENCY BASIS.
THEN HE CALLED MICHAEL NEWDOW, WHO REALLY HATES GOD
AND SOME MUSLIM LAWYER NAMED TAWFIQ HADAD.
WITH HIS DEVILS IN PLACE AND READY TO SUE
THE GRINCH NOW WAS READY TO SCREW EVERY WHO
ALL THE WINDOWS WERE DARK, QUIET SNOW FILLED THE AIR
ALL THE WHOS WERE ALL DREAMING SWEET DREAMS WITHOUT CARE.
WHEN HE CAME TO THE BRIGHT LIGHTS RIGHT THERE ON THE SQUARE.
THE GRINCH SAID, THIS BANNER SIMPLY MUST GO
IT SAYS MERRY CHRISTMAS IT CLEARLY SAYS SO.
I DONT BELIEVE IN THIS JESUS CHRIST FELLOW.
THEN THE ACLU GUYS ALL STARTED TO BELLOW,
THIS BANNERS ILLEGAL, INTOLERANT, INTRUSIVE.
THE WHOS MUST REPLACE IT WITH SOMETHING INCLUSIVE.
SO THE BANNER CAME DOWN AND THE WHOS HAD SOME MEETINGS
AND PUT UP A NEW ONE THAT SAID SEASONS GREETINGS.
WITH THE BANNER NOW HISTORY, THE GRINCH STARTED ON
THE SWEET MANGER SCENE ON THE CITY HALL LAWN.
THE ACLU GUYS SAID, THIS TOO MUST GO.
PUT A KWANZAA DISPLAY UP RIGHT THERE IN THE SNOW!
MIKE NEWDOW THEN SAID,”WE’VE GOT THESE WHOS OVER BARRELS,
SO IN ALL THE WHOS SCHOOLS WE’LL ELIMINATE CAROLS!
AND WHILE ALL THIS WAS HAPPENING WHAT DID THE WHOS DO?
WHY THEY DID NOTHING BUT CRY BOO-HOO-HOO
WE DONT HAVE THE MONEY. WE DONT HAVE THE TIME.
THE COURTS ARE AGAINST US. ITS SUCH A TOUGH CLIMB.
I GUESS WELL JUST LUMP IT. THIS MUST BE OUR FATE.
AND THEY CRIED AND THEY WHINED UNTIL ALL WAS TOO LATE.
THEN THE GRINCH AND THE LAWYERS RAN RAMPANT THROUGH TOWN.
TEARING EVERY REFERENCE TO JESUS CHRIST DOWN.
NOW ITS MANY YEARS LATER AND CHRIST IS ALL GONE
AND THE WHOS ARE ALL WONDERING WHERE DID WE GO WRONG.
OH, SURE, SANTA’S STILL THERE WITH HIS REINDEER AND ELVES
BUT AS THE WHOS SNOOZED THEY LOST PART OF THEMSELVES.
WITH CHRIST GONE FROM CHRISTMAS THE SPIRIT LEFT, TOO
AND LEFT A BIG, GAPING HOLE IN EACH SOUL IN EACH WHO.
AND WHAT OF THE GRINCH, NO, HE, STILL IS UNHAPPY
BUT IT MAKES HIM FEEL BETTER NOW THAT EVERYONES CRAPPY.
SO, NOW CHRISTMAS TIMES JUST A MEMRY FOR WHOS
WHO LET IT ALL GO TO THE ACLUS.
With apologies to Dr. Seuss
When I see CE and BCE, I think Christian Era and Before Christian Era.
At least “Happy Holidays” is one step above “Seasons Greetings” in that it can still annoy the atheists.
Holidays is a variant of “Holy Days”. X-mas is how it was written for over a thousand years. The X is the Cross He died on. I like to hear “Merry Christmas”, but seeing “X-mas” or hearing “Happy Holidays” does not upset me. Many religions celebrate their holy days at this time of year and, while I do not agree with them, what is wrong with those who do not know of their beliefs in wishing them happiness and peace. I say “Merry Christmas”, but cannot fault others for saying “Happy Holidays”.
“Even small towns here in rural Georgia put up banners that say
Which is by far, THE most sterile, generic, nonsensical, idiotic clause in the holiday repertoire of heartfelt wishes.”
At least the word ‘holiday’ implies something holy about the day.
You may want to rethink considering Xmas as secular and Christmas as Christian.
That “X” isn’t an ex, it’a a chi, the first letter of Xristos, the original Greek word for Christ from which the English Christ, the Latin Christus, and so forth are derived.
As to “Happy Holidays”, notice it’s plural: Christmas and New Years if you’re a Christian (or, when said early or when Hanukkah falls late Hanukkah and New Years if you’re Jewish).
It’s not a replacement for “Merry Christmas”, it’s a replacement for “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”, which is rather long.
And when I passed by, I said, "Have a good weekend." And she laughed and said, "you, too."
Because Channukah had been two weeks earlier. When I had wished her a "Happy Channukah".
I remember doing just that once at the Hollywood Bowl.
People started saying ‘Have a Happy Holiday’ right before Thanksgiving - it’s Thanksgiving not ‘Happy Holiday’
Are all these days going to end up being just ‘Bankers Holidays’?
I used to say “Happy Day Off” to a Jehovah Witness co-worker because she was offended by any religious celebration term- but this ‘Holiday’ generalization is getting a bit much...
The computer people know that X stands for cross. For example, XPCOM (in Mozilla) stands for Cross Platform Component Object Model
My point, no matter what you want to call it, is that most secular Americans, and certainly our retail outlets, celebrate YULE, not Christ-Mass.
And New Years is not exactly a Holy-day = Holiday. At least not for those who don't blow the ram's horn.
Not in the least offended. I greet the way I want to, others the way they want to.
When I was shopping before Thanksgiving, a clerk voiced, “Happy Holidays” to me.
My response was to say, “No, I dodn’t do holidays — I do Thanksgiving and Christmas, SO Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you, too.”
She was speechless! LOL!
We need to speak up all the time to these people who are trying to be politically correct. If it happens again in the same store, I will tell them that until the can greet me with “Merry Christmas” I will no longer shop in their store.
dodnt = don’t