Is the world getting too sensitive? Happy Holidays to you!

@FayeHazel (10878)
United States
November 14, 2017 11:54am CST
As we are already into November (wow time flies!) I thought I would write a piece about another area of how I think people are getting too touchy these days. The whole "Merry Christmas"/"Happy Holidays" debate. Now, growing up - we didn't celebrate Christmas. We celebrated the older celebration of Winter Solstice or Yule. So we quickly got on to wishing people happy holidays. It seemed like the most accurate thing to do because it covered whatever they may celebrate or not celebrate. And, after awhile it became the trendy thing to do in society - for that reason. Now - at least a certain faction of people are offended by the"Happy Holidays" greeting. I think the reasoning is that indeed Dec. 25th is Christmas (which the majority of people in this area celebrate) and if you need the majority (who would say "Merry Christmas") to change to "Happy Holidays" just because *you* are the one who observes something different then you are too sensitive, etc. Well, we still keep our main celebrating on the 21st or 22nd of December (the Solstice also called Yule) but we also do get together on the 25th for Christmas usually doing something untraditional (since we don't have extended family to get together with) - like we will watch a movie and go to the local Chinese restaurant for example. Personally -- I really don't get offended either way. If someone says "Merry Christmas" to me, I'm fine with that, and it's nice. If someone says "Happy Holidays" I think that is equally as nice. Come to think on it - it hasn't happened - but if someone were to say "Joyous Kwanza" or "Happy Hanukkah" I would think this is equally great too. I don't get all offended and bent out of shape because someone either took the "safe" route and said "Happy Holidays" (which fits my celebrating the closest) nor am I offended that they didn't say have a "Super Solstice" or a "Jubilant Yule" . People better watch out, I may start wishing everyone a "Fantastic Festivus" or something. lol. What do you make of it. Here is the famous "Festivus" scene from Seinfeld :
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@Corbin5 (79117)
• United States
14 Nov
We are a nation of snowflakes, perhaps even a world of snowflakes. Having ones feelings hurt it not to be done ever!!! I will continue to offend those of such a sensitive nature by saying "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays."
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• Germany
14 Nov
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@JohnRoberts (39150)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Nov
Snowflakes need hot cocoa and puppy therapy when they get a boo boo they can't cope with.
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@Corbin5 (79117)
• United States
14 Nov
@JohnRoberts I pity them.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
14 Nov
I don't say anything to anyone anymore, they are so touchy. That was a good scene Festivus
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
Lol! I can see why you would feel that way, too. My favorite scene from the show
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
I agree completely. What's it matter really? The intention of the 'wisher' is basically to wish a person well and all this sensitivity to particular greetings makes me cross.
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• United States
15 Nov
@JudyEv I was once having a bad time and a co-worker, who I already knew was an atheist, said "I'll be praying for you." I cocked my head and said, "Aren't you an atheist?" And he said, "Yes, but I wanted to comfort you." So I took it as well-intentioned because he really wanted to comfort me.
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
@LoriAMoore Oh, that is very kind. :-)
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
I agree totally. I think when people are being kind then we should be less sensitive. There are plenty of opportunities to be hurt with the cruelty of people in today's world....
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@marguicha (80576)
• Chile
14 Nov
Fortunately that does not happen in my country. No one is offended herre when we say Merry Christmas, except maybe Jehova´s Witnesses.
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
Thank goodness. I think (as long as people are being kind and not intentionally harmful) then people need to be less sensitive
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@marguicha (80576)
• Chile
15 Nov
@FayeHazel Of course. I don´t think that it is a matter of being sensitive. I think that it is more intolerance.
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
16 Nov
@marguicha Intolerance rears it's ugly head yet again
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@JohnRoberts (39150)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Nov
Happy Holidays was always nearly as used as Merry Christmas because it also encompassed Thanksgiving and New Year's.
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
True, it is a bit more versitle
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• Edgewood, Maryland
14 Nov
the world is to sensitive because they find fought in things they didnt before not sure why but they do
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
I agree. I don't know what's causing it.
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• Edgewood, Maryland
15 Nov
@FayeHazel i dont know either
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@lady1993 (14301)
• Philippines
15 Nov
hmm, that is the first time i am hearing of that... getting offended by a greeting
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@jstory07 (57304)
• Roseburg, Oregon
15 Nov
It is just stupid.
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
Yes, it's a big issue over here. Last year Starbucks coffee changed their coffee cup to a winter scene instead of a holiday greeting. Some people were offended by that, too
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@lady1993 (14301)
• Philippines
16 Nov
@FayeHazel i guess big companies have ti worse since they have to offend as little people as possible
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@kobesbuddy (17188)
• East Tawas, Michigan
14 Nov
Family tradition is just that, family tradition. What a person carries in their heart, is a personal thing. It's a one on one relationship, between them and God. How that is celebrated or acted out, is totally personal. It's really noone else's business. God created this universe, the people didn't!
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
I agree totally. Beautifully put. What a person feels is between them and God - the rest is traditions of society or family.
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@kobesbuddy (17188)
• East Tawas, Michigan
15 Nov
@FayeHazel And what comes from both society or family, can be pretty harsh and mean:(
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
16 Nov
@kobesbuddy So true. It does sadden me that - it seems like most Atheists - their problem isn't with God - their problem is with Religion / man .... God and Religion are not always the same at least in my outlook
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@andriaperry (31289)
• Anniston, Alabama
15 Nov
I loved that show! I say Merry Christmas but none of the others offend me.
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
It was a great show. :-)
@sharon6345 (106878)
• United States
14 Nov
"Super Solstice" or a "Jubilant Yule I have no idea what that is. Never heard of it in my life. I say Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday's. The other stuff I would not even know if I were to be offended. I don't know what Hanukkah is either so there goes that. lol.
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
Lol! Winter's Solstice or Yule -- are celebrated on the Winter Solstice day (usually around the 20th) , Hanukkah is the Jewish winter celebration. It lasts for a week. Happy I could introduce you to some more holidays :-)
@Daelii (1330)
• United States
14 Nov
Whatever someone says to me is fine. I tend to say Merry Christmas... its hard not to. I mean seriously everywhere we go now, everything is lighted up in Christmas Themes and stuff. I grew up in a strong Catholic house hold. Adopted Family was also Jewish. No one had any issues being told Merry Christmas... you know, they did their ~ week long celebration, we did our own thing. I still exchanged Christmas presents with my BFF. If anyone is being nice and friendly, that should be appreciated. It would be different if they were going around saying mean things and being insulting. But to get mad over someone being nice and friendly? just shows how poor character some people are getting. :(
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
I know, it's getting too far out of hand. I agree with you 100%. Sometimes I say Merry Christmas, and sometimes I say Happy Holidays based on my mood. People are being nice and kind....
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@YrNemo (7686)
14 Nov
I heard from some radio stations about how people in certain countries have become very sensitive lately about this sort of greetings. Weird to me. (since when that they have become so sensitive like that? Freedom of speech is OK, but to be too critical of everything is just above me.)
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
Oh yes, very true. I don't know why but it seems like everyone is sensitive about everything here now.
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@YrNemo (7686)
15 Nov
@FayeHazel Next, we will be told to not saying or greeting anything or we might offend someone somewhere. Freedom of speech goes into reverse!
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
16 Nov
@YrNemo True! I'm all for freedom of speech but like you point out - it has gone so far that it is now going backward
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@teamfreak16 (35355)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 Nov
I just use whatever.
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
Have a wonderful whatever :-)
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@teamfreak16 (35355)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 Nov
@FayeHazel - Thank you. You too!
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
@teamfreak16 Thank you!
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@Emmlex1000 (1271)
• Lagos, Nigeria
14 Nov
Yes Xmas is closer now waiting for my gifts
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
Indeed! I hope you get what you want
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• Lagos, Nigeria
15 Nov
@FayeHazel but not free it involves cash
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
16 Nov
@Emmlex1000 Ah yes. So many things do these days it seems
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@bluesa (11997)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
14 Nov
"Fantastic Festivus" does seem quite interesting to try! It is supposed to be the season of good will. And that is what counts. I say "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays" and I hope for peace in a crazy world.
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
Me too! I hope the spread good vibes throughout. :-)
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@bluesa (11997)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
16 Nov
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@jstory07 (57304)
• Roseburg, Oregon
15 Nov
I still say Merry Christmas to people. There is nothing wrong with that. I even say Merry Christmas on the Christmas Cards that I make.
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
I used to pick cards that said Season's Greetings or Happy Holidays. Now I pick cards where I like the scene and message - doesn't matter to me if it says Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays
• Canada
15 Nov
I agree that many people have extremely thin skins and they will cause issues when there are none. If someone wants to say "Happy Holiday", I see nothing wrong with it. Nobody should be forced.
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
I agree. I don't mind what holiday greeting is extended to me -- I will just be happy that people are kind. :-)
@TRBRocks420 (60983)
• Banks, Oregon
15 Nov
I love Christmas and, Festivus lol.
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
After all it's a "festivus for the restofus" lol
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@shaggin (25516)
• United States
14 Nov
Like you it does not matter to me how others say it “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” all that matters is people are being kind.
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@FayeHazel (10878)
• United States
15 Nov
Exactly :-)
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@m_audrey6788 (11004)
• Germany
14 Nov
Oh ok! I`ll be watching out for that
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