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November 27th, 2011, 07:56 PM
cindymat's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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when I was younger..it was safe to say Merry Christmas to everybody during the holidays....now its doesnt seem so pc....

do you say Merry Christmas to people when you are out and about (when it gets closer to Christmas) or do you think twice?

Do you know very many people who do not celebrate Christmas? If so, why? I guess I dont know very diverse people....maybe its where I grew up...idk, but Ive only met one jewish family in my whole life. In my old neighborhood there were a lot of muslims and my good friend is muslim so she doesnt celebrate Christmas either. We dont get into religion though so I really dont know too much about her celebrations.

It just seems odd to me...not to wish anyone/everyone a Merry Christmas.

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November 28th, 2011, 08:21 AM
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I have a very good friend who is Jewish and two that are Hindu so I've always been more cognizant of other holidays. I'll say Happy Hanukkah during Hanukkah, etc. I probably say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays about evenly. Right now, this far away from Christmas, I would be far more apt to say Happy Holidays as a greeting. It's not close enough to Christmas for me to say that yet. I guess I think Happy Holidays encompasses everything from Thanksgiving through New Years. Christmas is more the week of. But if some random person said Happy Hanukkah to me, I wouldn't feel weird or whatever. I'd just say it right back. Hopefully most people feel the same about Merry Christmas.

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November 28th, 2011, 08:40 AM
Kelly's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I usually say Happy Holidays.

Last year I totally stuck my foot in my mouth and wished Jake's speech therapist a Merry Christmas and I KNEW she was Jewish! The words just came out before I could stop them. On the other hand, she had told me that her husband was not Jewish and that they also put up a tree so I don't think it was a HUGE flub, but I still felt like an @ss.

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November 28th, 2011, 12:30 PM
Laney21's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I will say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, whichever comes out of my mouth. I don't put much thought into it. I can't imagine why anyone would be offended even if they didn't celebrate Christmas, it's not that big of a deal. We're spreading cheer and positivity, what's the harm? Why do we need to be SO pc? If a Jewish person said Happy Hanukkah to me, I wouldn't care, I'd think it was nice!

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November 28th, 2011, 03:37 PM
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I have a lot of Jewish, Hindu and Muslim customers so I don't usually say anything more than "thanks, have a great day".

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