Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

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Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays
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Wed, 12-05-2012 - 8:53pm

So far in my real life, the whole Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays debate has been a Facebook thing only. But today I witnessed something at work that blew my mind.

I was helping patient number 1.  She waved at patient #2 whom she apparently had met yesterday.  They exchanged pleasantries.  Patient #1 said "Happy Holidays!" to pt #2, who replied, rather angrily, "No, it's Merry Christmas! We say Merry Christmas!" all the while pointing her finger somewhat aggressively at patient #1. Patient #1 stood there gobsmacked, as did I.  When Pt #2 left, I turned to patient #1 and said, "Unless you're Jewish."  She replied.  "And I am!"  She also said she was raised in another country and just doesn't get this American obsession with the holidays.  I wished her a happy Hanukah as she left.

I mean really!! Political correctness aside, Pt #2 was just plain rude!  I mean,  she claims to be such a good "christian."

I mean, say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or whatever floats your boat, but don't assault me for trying to wish you well.

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Registered: 12-19-2012
Wed, 12-19-2012 - 10:16am

Wow!  I believe we all have the right to say what we want.  Just accept it graciously.


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