Do you say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or something else?

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Do you say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or something else?
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Thu, 12-20-2012 - 10:48am

During this time of year, do you usually say "Merry Christmas", "Happy Holidays", or something else? (Hanukkah, Kanza, etc) There seems to be a lot of push in the past few years to say "Happy Holidays" in order to be as PC as possible and not offend anyone.

Personally, I am not that easily offended and you can wish me "Merry-Happy-Anything-You-Want" Smile I have gotten into the habit of saying and writing Happy Holidays more often- not so much b/c of a politcal correct reason but because I like to be as inclusive as possible when sending happy greetings.

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Registered: 12-20-2003

If I know what someone celebrates I will mention it, otherwise it Happy ChrisKwanzakahSolsticeYule!

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Registered: 03-27-2003

I work a second job in retail, and I continue to say "Thanks for shopping with us, have a nice day, have a nice evening etc"  Sometimes I will tailor my closing remarks to the customer, for example, if they say they are buying those pretty party dresses for their little girls, for their upcoming piano recital, I will say "Thanks for shopping with us, enjoy the piano recital" or whatever.  My customers share alot with me as I ring up their purchases, so if I can personalize my good bye to them, I will.  If they wish me a Merry Christmas, I respond in kind.  I don't really believe in a cookie cutter approach to communicating with my customers, I just try to be friendly, efficient and helpful to them all, and contrary to what Fox news might report, the store I work has not issued ANY dictates to how we send off our customers, except to say that a "thank you" needs to be in there.  Others I work with routinely say "Merry Christmas".  Our Christmas decorations went up the day after labor day.  Religiously themed Christmas music plays in our store.  There is no "war on Christmas" in our store, but I'm not really a Christmas celebrant, and I think devoting the last quarter of the year to a one day holiday is a bit over the top, buy hey, I work in a retail store, and selling goods is the bottom line, so I guess the last quarter of the year being heaviliy Christmas themed, is part of that.

I don't see the "PC" pressure to say "Happy Holidays".  That phrase was around when I was a school girl many, many years ago, before the perjoravitve phrase "PC" was invented.  I alway thought it either meant "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" or was a nice greeting for our Jewish friends or others who may be celebrating something else.  The only pressure I see is from the folks who have manufactured a phoney "war on Christmas".  I am not offended by "Happy Holidays" OR "Merry Christmas"  but I do find the Fox News crowd and their fans to be a bit silly to get their knickers all up in a twist over "Happy Holidays".  It's a nice friendly greeting if you don't what holiday the person you are talking to is celebrating.  It is not part of a deliberate effor to polk baby Jesus in the eye !

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Registered: 01-16-2013

It's a nice friendly greeting if you don't what holiday the person you are talking to is celebrating.  It is not part of a deliberate effor to polk baby Jesus in the eye !

LOL! This made me crack up. I feel the same way. I don't understand why people get SO upset!

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Registered: 03-27-2003

Glad you enjoyed my post,  BTW, I like your user name, "Workinglikeadog".  I feel like that should be my name, since I've been working 2 jobs for over a year now.