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JO88BAKO SparkPoints: (177,535)
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12/26/12 10:16 P

I am a Christian. I don't know what Christmas would be if there was never a baby Jesus

SINAED SparkPoints: (14,583)
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12/26/12 9:54 P

to the ones i know are christian i wish merry Christmas and to others i don't know i wish them happy holidays .....i try not to offend anyone's beliefs

KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,256
12/26/12 3:32 P

I grew up not having Christmas (we were not Jewish) so when someone wished me a Merry Christmas it was very awkward. I was just a kid so never knew the correct thing to say, so would just say "thank you" since I couldn't say it in return due to strict enforcing by my parents and the ministers in the church.

I'm an adult now and I celebrate Christmas so my children won't have the childhood I had, which was sad. We are not religious so although I didn't grow up with it nor are we religious, I say "Merry Christmas", 'Happy Holidays", etc.

It doesn't matter to me what people wish me as long as it is a positive wish. I respect everyone's beliefs as I grew up having totally different beliefs from everyone in my entire family, school, friends, etc.

I try to be tolerant of all religions and beliefs or lack of beliefs because we're not all the same nor do we have the same backgrounds, upbringings, etc.

Edited by: KISSFAN1 at: 12/26/2012 (15:33)
JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (77,021)
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12/26/12 9:10 A

I agree with the others who say it doesn't matter what you call it and I am not offended by any well wishes. People can wish me a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Yule, Happy Kwanza etc. etc. etc. as long as it's coming from a good place why would I be offended?

I celebrate Christmas because that is the holiday I grew up with, that is the holiday all my friends and family celebrate. I'm not Christian, I'm an atheist but I don't get all uptight over the name. It feels too strange to call it "Winter Solstice" or "Yule" as some atheists do when I grew up calling it Christmas and everyone I know calls it that. I'm not one to get all uptight over a name. I think the US media is just making an issue where there isn't one and acting a shill. I have never met anyone in real life who actually cares about this sort of thing, honestly there are much more pressing issues in the world and in my life.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 12/26/2012 (09:12)
GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
12/26/12 8:42 A

I TOTALLY agree with that. One of my very good friends is Muslim. She celebrates Eid.

CAPTNSHORTBOB Posts: 1,305
12/26/12 6:57 A

I just honestly don't understand how anyone can be offended by Merry Christmas or by Happy Holidays, or any other well wish. I am not Jewish, but if someone told me Happy Hanukkah I would be delighted that another person had warm wishes for me. I think lots of people put too much stock in words and not enough on people. I don't understand how a lot of people have the attitude of "I don't care who I offend with my "Merry Christmasses" when Christ didn't really teach that its ok to be as offensive and intolerant as we want. And on the other hand I don't understand why anyone would use this season as a tactic to lay war against anyone who says "Happy Holidays". I just never saw that as an offensive term. It is not supposed to be an insult so why would one try to turn it into one?

KKKAREN SparkPoints: (216,765)
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12/26/12 6:30 A

I survived, I'm glad the holidays are over!

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,036
12/25/12 11:03 P

I think the holidays are what you make of it, good, bad or indifferent.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (239,685)
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12/25/12 11:03 P

I just want everyone to have a good day and be of good health; and most of all to appreciate all that the good Lord has given them.

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (93,076)
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12/25/12 10:58 P

I think if a person is offended by "Happy Holidays", they need to get more of a grip on the reality of real life, and the different kinds of people around them. Arrogance is not Christian like, either.

DEBBY4576 Posts: 4,867
12/25/12 8:44 P

Definitely, Merry Christmas.

TACDGB Posts: 6,132
12/25/12 8:42 P

for me it's "Happy Birthday Jesus".......

GYMMAN59 SparkPoints: (72,554)
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12/25/12 8:02 P

Winter Holidays here in Florida,from the schools,I respect all Holidays and for me though,its Merry emoticon Christmas

BLUBEL1 Posts: 1,003
12/25/12 5:48 P

I come in contact with many people of various and no faiths. I used to say only merry Christmas but now realize that the phrase only reflects my beliefs so I wish happy holidays to one and all. emoticon emoticon emoticon

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
12/25/12 12:36 P

Right. However, WE are perfectly within our rights to celebrate Christmas. WE stand firm on that. I get it. But... there are those that do not celebrate Christmas, and flies with honey and blah blah blah. ;)
As for me and my house, it's definitely CHRISTmas, though. Merry Christmas.

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12/25/12 11:24 A

RAPTORMELON, I can understand that but I come from the philosophy that says ...

If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.

if someone tells me that they are offended, I will be polite but firm.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
12/25/12 10:56 A

I used to think the same thing, but as a Christian, it is kind of insensitive of me. I do say, "Merry Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate this season."

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12/25/12 10:12 A

I am one of those who really objects to the secular "Happy Holidays". I always say MERRY CHRISTMAS and if that offends anyone, to bad.

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12/25/12 9:40 A

I celebrate the holiday but low key. Most of the family lives far away and as I write this there is a family fight going on right now between the few that are here. It doesn't make for a pleasant day!

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
12/25/12 8:55 A

there are others who do not "celebrate" as they

(a) have nothing to celebrate
(b) have no money
(c) are alone
(d) make a choice not to do so

I pray for those who are empty this time of the year

LISALEIGH103 SparkPoints: (23,450)
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12/25/12 8:47 A

as my family is sitting here celebrating christmas i am aware that many others r 2 and many others r not so to those who r merry christmas and 2 those who r not happy holidays and thank you for having patience with the rest of us at this time of year i couldnt imagine how not celebrating it in usa feels when stores are all closed and things are designed as if everyone is so just thank you so much for that patience and to all a happy new year in advance

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