Merry Christmas or Happy Hanika??
December 11, 2009 7:04pm CST
At the place where I work with the public, we have been told to say happy holidays and not Merry Christmas. It is because someone got upset because they are Jewish and not Christian. I am Christian, but if someone were to wish me a happy Hanika, I would not be upset. It is still a pleasant greeting, isn't it? I would take it as such! Why throw a fit about a pleasant greeting? What do all of you think??
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• South Africa
13 Dec 09
I agree with you and just like ilysium i too am fed up with "political correctness" which seems to invade every aspect of our lives and have come to the conclusion that this is just a new form of prejudice, one that is aim at everybody and an inhibitor of the expression "freedom of speech" or is this just for reporters. What has happened to respecting each others cultures and religion? I too am a christian, so here's to all; A Merry Christmas and may God bless you.
• United States
18 Dec 09
I kind of wonder about that when people get upset with me for saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas". What matters is the thought, not the way it's said. Unfortunately, your employer has the right to ask you to change your greeting if they feel it could harm the customer base. There's no winning when a customer gets crabby.
16 Dec 09
It is quite silly. I am a Hindu, and if somebody wishes me a merry Christmas, I will be very happy and wish him/her back. In my place, we even wish muslims during Diwali, which is our major festival. Last but not the least, as Tamilians we have a seperate year which usually starts on April 14. But except for a few, nobody exchanges greetings on that day, and most greet everybody on 1st January only. As per Hindu tradition, our day starts only by 6 A.M.but on 1st January new year day, we also celeberate by doing poojas in our houses as well as in our Temples,in the midnight.
• United States
15 Dec 09
LOL some ppl just need to b!tch and natter, complain and whine....its pathetic as far as I'm concerned...I am NOT Christian, nor am I Jewish..but if one wishes me either I'd be happy to return the gesture EVEN THOUGH I am PAGAN and could very easily natter, b!tch, whine and complain that its WRONG because its a PAGAN holiday blah blah blah..... some ppl really need to get new hobbies like taking up oh I dunno, knitting or art etc... Someone is basically wishing you well this time of yr regardless of HOW its worded I personally thing that crybabies should be happy to accept the well wishing with grace and return it in kind rather than wasting the time energy and day by boo hooing over HOW it was said ya know
• United States
12 Dec 09
I don't think any Jew complained!!! We were told where I work to use the Happy Holiday also because it might offend a client. I know my clients & ALL those of the Jewish faith asked me to say Merry Christmas to them because they are just as offended by the Happy Holidays as the Christians are!!! I work with one lady who was a Catholic before marrying a Jew. She made a big deal of not wanting a Christmas card & yet when the Christmas presents were being given out, she was the first one to put her hand out. I send her a Happy Hanukkah card every year in place of a Christmas card. I don't think she was offended by the Christmas card. I think she just wanted something to bittch about!!! I think some businesses ae so worried about offending someone that they are offensive.
12 Dec 09
Quite frankly I am fed up to the high heavens of political correctness, fed up, sick of it, just tired of it!! I think I'm probably most fed up with it because my sister in law who works in Human Resources is the most PC person in the world, and it grates on my nerves. Yes I've heard retailers greeting people with Seasons Greetings for fear of offending certain groups. I just think it becomes ridiculous really. While I am Christian, I do think Hanukkah is a beautiful holiday and I wish I had Jewish friends to celebrate it, but come to think of it I don't have any Jewish friends unfortunately. And yes if someone were to also wish me Happy Hannukah, I'd probably say thank you and to you also. My motto has always been "when in Rome". So, if I were for example to go to Japan and they were celebrating a Buddhist holiday, I would certainly celebrate with them. If I were in a Muslim country and they were celebrating a Muslim holiday, I'd like to celebrate it also. Sorry but US and Canada are predominantly Christian countries that follow these Christian holidays. People are certainly free to follow these traditions or follow their own. There shouldn't have to be this ridiculous political correctness over something so trivial, they're only holidays after all. I've actually heard from my friends living in the UK that it is much worse over there.