Jump to content

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?


Go to solution Solved by Jeff,

Recommended Posts

Am I the only one on here that is not afraid of saying "Merry Christmas" even though I'm not religious anymore? It's not like I get mad if someone says "Happy holidays" to me, like they're just well wishes and good tidings, but I hate dancing around other people with my words all the time..... 

 

Just curious!

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't care to mince words about it, either. I might say either "Merry Christmas!" or "Happy Holidays!"  That's just not something that I get worked up about.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Super Moderator

If I know they celebrate Christmas I say Merry Christmas. If they celebrate Hanukkah I say that. If I don't know what holiday someone observes I just say Happy Holiday. I don't care what they say to me.

  • Like 4
Link to post
Share on other sites
54 minutes ago, ag_NO_stic said:

Am I the only one on here that is not afraid of saying "Merry Christmas"

Fear is not at issue here.

 

What is at issue, for me, is that so many in my community are so presumptuous that everyone on the planet celebrates Christmas. So, when they issue that salutation I respond with "Happy Holidays!"

 

 

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

I've never understood people who actually think this is an issue. Say what you want. Celebrate what you want. Who cares?

  • Like 6
Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, ag_NO_stic said:

Am I the only one on here that is not afraid of saying "Merry Christmas" even though I'm not religious anymore? It's not like I get mad if someone says "Happy holidays" to me, like they're just well wishes and good tidings, but I hate dancing around other people with my words all the time..... 

 

Just curious!

 

I usually say something like, "Jesus is bullshit!!!!!".

 

No, really I think Merry Christmas is a nice seasonal greeting during a time of year that we could really use something to lift the spirits (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least). Christmas never made me feel bad. However, the hysteria over a false deadline to drain my bank account is getting annoying after 50 some years now, but, whatever.

  • Like 3
  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

I've no problem saying Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad, Happy Holidays or anything else. It's about the greeting, dont need to get fixated on the words. 

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

I am so relieved, y'all! I don't give a fuck either, but all the crazy Christians in my life love to make it sound like us "evil atheists" are "so offended/threatened by the Christ child" that we "avoid saying 'Christmas' at all costs," lololol. I sincerely wanted to know if it was just me that had no problem saying it. Thanks for taking time to respond!! :D

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Super Moderator

After all, "Christmas" is just the Christian name for a Pagan holiday. Many atheists and other non-Christians celebrate a secular Christmas because it's ubiquitous and fun if you do it right. Happy Easter, anyone? Thanksgiving? 

 

Besides, there are no atheist holidays. We have to appropriate them just like the Christians did so long ago.

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, florduh said:

After all, "Christmas" is just the Christian name for a Pagan holiday. Many atheists and other non-Christians celebrate a secular Christmas because it's ubiquitous and fun if you do it right. Happy Easter, anyone? Thanksgiving? 

 

Besides, there are no atheist holidays. We have to appropriate them just like the Christians did so long ago.

Exactly. And I for one would be pretty upset if they got rid of the holidays and we had less time off.

  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not personally bothered by any of the greetings unless they're said with an attitude. Getting all worked up over someone simply trying to be nice is quite ridiculous. 

 

Despite what many Christians claim, most of the atheists I know don't get offended by a polite "Merry Christmas." The one's I've seen make a stink are Christians throwing a fit over a polite all-inclusive "Happy Holidays." Many Christians have a tendency to project their own attitudes onto others.

 

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Solution

Me: “Have a nice day”

Them: “I prefer have a BLESSED day”

 

Me: “I hope you get a paper-cut”

 

  • Like 1
  • Haha 8
Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, Citsonga said:

I'm not personally bothered by any of the greetings unless they're said with an attitude. Getting all worked up over someone simply trying to be nice is quite ridiculous. 

 

Despite what many Christians claim, most of the atheists I know don't get offended by a polite "Merry Christmas." The one's I've seen make a stink are Christians throwing a fit over a polite all-inclusive "Happy Holidays." Many Christians have a tendency to project their own attitudes onto others.

 

THIS

Link to post
Share on other sites
On 11/9/2018 at 11:23 AM, florduh said:

Besides, there are no atheist holidays.

Perhaps we should start one. What should we call it and when should we have it?

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Super Moderator

I'm all for as many fun  holidays as we can come up with, no matter what time of year.  In the meantime, there's always Festivus for the Rest Of Us on December 23.   😊

 

 

  • Like 1
  • Haha 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
21 hours ago, older said:

Perhaps we should start one. What should we call it and when should we have it?

 

Whenever pleases Satan.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Super Moderator
21 hours ago, older said:

Perhaps we should start one. What should we call it and when should we have it?

Crucifiction Day on December 25th. 😈

  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderator
On 11/10/2018 at 5:51 AM, disillusioned said:

I've never understood people who actually think this is an issue. Say what you want. Celebrate what you want. Who cares?

Pretty much this.

 

Why worry about saying merry Christmas when it's a hijacked pagan festival? Rejoice in the knowledge that you are wishing someone a happy pagan day but they don't realise it because they didn't bother researching history. 

  • Like 1
  • Haha 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

I like "May You Enjoy the Winter Solstice".  It's always nice to make astronomy festive when possible.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
On 11/11/2018 at 8:44 AM, buffettphan said:

I'm all for as many fun  holidays as we can come up with, no matter what time of year.  In the meantime, there's always Festivus for the Rest Of Us on December 23.   😊

 

 

 

Great episode!

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderator
On 11/9/2018 at 8:58 AM, ag_NO_stic said:

Am I the only one on here that is not afraid of saying "Merry Christmas" even though I'm not religious anymore? It's not like I get mad if someone says "Happy holidays" to me, like they're just well wishes and good tidings, but I hate dancing around other people with my words all the time..... 

 

Just curious!

 

You're not alone. I usually just go with whatever. If someone is Happy Holidays, I say it back. If they're Merry Christmas, I'll say that. 

 

 

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
On 11/9/2018 at 7:58 AM, ag_NO_stic said:

Am I the only one on here that is not afraid of saying "Merry Christmas" even though I'm not religious anymore? It's not like I get mad if someone says "Happy holidays" to me, like they're just well wishes and good tidings, but I hate dancing around other people with my words all the time..... 

 

Just curious!

 

Some private, for profit corporations decided to start saying "happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" some time back. Since conservatives hate the free market, and are over-sensitive snowflakes in general, they had a collective hissy fit when this happened, and went full McCarthyism on atheists, who supposedly instigated this nefarious plot. 

It never was, of course. it was private businessmen who made the decision not to overprivilege Christianity at everyone else's expense, a completely sound idea.

 

I have no problem saying "Merry Christmas." 

 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Guidelines.