“Happy Holidays!”

Over on Facebook, I asked the question, “Do you say ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’ or both or neither and why? or why not?”  I have gotten three responses and they have been pretty much what I expected.  I’m going to give it a couple of days to see if I can get some more varied responses, then I’m going to write up my responses and thoughts and opinions over here on “the ‘blog!”… I will also be asking the question on myspace… if you aren’t on either myspace or facebook and you’d like to weigh in… comment below!


6 Responses

  1. Hey Mattie – I say Merry Christmas – and I’ve never had a person (even my atheist friends) get mad and tell me to stop. Everyone usually replies Merry Christmas back – or Happy Holidays. It amazes me how PC we’ve become and it’s getting ridiculous!

  2. My sister worked in the office at SCC and one year a lady came in all pissed off about the school promoting a religious holiday and insisted they take down the decorations in the office. The offensive decoration? A Santa Claus.

  3. Here is my greeting:

    Happy Solstice

    Happy Hanukkah

    Merry Christmas

    Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday(tm), practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all . . . and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2006, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great, (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only “AMERICA” in the western hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual orientation of the wishee.

    By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms:

    This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

  4. Thanks everyone! Keep commenting, ok folks?

    John… the appropriate onset calendar year for this particular season/event/timeframe is 2008, not 2006!

  5. Depends on the circumstances/venue, for example:

    With Family and Friends – Merry Christmas
    In Target – Merry Christmas, thanks for the *whatever random trinket*
    At the Mall – Happy over-commercialized, fundage-sucking season – NOW GET YOUR HANDS OFF OF MY TICKLE-ME_ELMO DOLL!
    When Driving – Merry Freakin’ Christmas. I hope someone got you a gift certificate for driving school!
    At Church – Happy ‘Jesus Wasn’t Really Born On Dec 25th But I Love Him For Loving Me So Let’s Celebrate Now Anyway’ Day.
    To My Agnostic/Atheist Friends – Merry Christmas, and even if you whine about it, it will still BE Christmas, and I hope it’s a good one! So there!
    At Work – Merry Christmas – Thank God for Double Overtime on holidays, baby!!! Cha-ching.

  6. Happy Festivus (for the rest of us)…


    actually, I generally do use the term Holidays unless I know the person or people well enough to know what they celebrate.

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