Holiday Cards - Offensive?

United States
December 14, 2006 4:13pm CST
A lot of winter holiday cards have religious messages. For example, I just received a card from a friend that included a Pslam. Most people buy bulk cards and send them out to all of their friends. But what about friends who aren't religious? Do you find recieving religious themed cards offensive? Or do you just ignore the secular message and appreciate that someone was thinking of you?
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• United States
14 Dec 06
Hmm... Christ Mass started a while back. Most psalm are good news, with a few being harsh rebuke for ones life style. so I guess most folks getting the generic touchy feely card migh count it good that a direct rebuke was not mailed. Some proverbs, Christian or otherwise can get down and dirty too. I have non-faith based friends that tout life style opinions. I listen to them, they listen to me, we dissagree, some times agree and then open another brew. You should have concearns, I guess if these cards come in directed at your life style directly. How you deal with your concearns I don't know. You might be happy to know your friend pays this much attention to you and just want the very best for you.
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• United States
14 Dec 06
I'm not really offended by religious messages in cards. Then again, I just recently became an agnostic, so that does tend to make a difference. I know that the messages sent to me are not meant to hurt or to preach. They just reflect the beliefs of the person that sent the message to me.
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• United States
15 Dec 06
That's a really good way to look at it and I appreciate your response. :D
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@srhelmer (6930)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
14 Dec 06
I find it more offensive if that's the only time I ever hear from them and all they do is sign their name. The least they can do is write a short, personalized note.
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• United States
14 Dec 06
Ugh, yeah, that's a pain. At that point, it doesn't even matter what the card is!
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15 Dec 06
They didn't have to send you the card, they didn't have to have your address in their notebook still. You should appreciate the fact they wasted money on an ungrateful sod.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
14 Dec 06
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• United States
14 Dec 06
Yeah, how about you actually read and respond to the discussion instead of hawking your porducts at me? That'd be great.
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15 Dec 06
I ams orry but i don't understand how Psalm or a christmas card portraying the reason why we celbrate christmas as offensive, so why do you celebrate it!!!! It really is sad how low society has fallen!!! I send the cards to epole with Psalms and all because that is what i believe, why would I try and be 'nice' and buy a card that doesn't portray the whole emaning of christmas!!! The way i see it, if you are my friend and you are offended by the card I send you then don't expect one because I won't be sending anything else different to the ones I have sent to everyone else!!!
@sj4ever (158)
• Australia
15 Dec 06
The meaning behind Christmas is religious so how can it be offensive to receive a religious themed card?
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• United States
15 Dec 06
the meaning behind christmas is indeed not religious as many people were convinced to believe. it actually originated from a red mushroom with white spots, thats where the idea of st. nikolas came from, then everything was twisted into this holiday, and now people ironically, want to give it religious meaning, jesus was not born on december 25, and christmas originated as a pagan holiday. you should read up on this subject to learn more
@cr1st1nel (3567)
• Romania
14 Dec 06
Well it depends but if i would recive a card with an other religious message different from the one which i am. I would simply burn the card and i'll appreciate the fact that the one send it to me. I would have no problem i'd appreciate it's gesture. Good luck to you!
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• United States
14 Dec 06
Why would you burn it? It's just a card.
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@sunshinecup (7881)
14 Dec 06
I don't take it personal and yes, I just appreciate they were thinking of me. No, big deal.
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• United States
14 Dec 06
That's a good attitude to take! :D
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• India
15 Dec 06
no, it's not offensive
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15 Dec 06
Here in the UK people complain every year about how hard it is to find religious greetings cards! I suppose that's because we're a much more secular country than the US and hardly anyone goes to church. One newspaper did a survey and found out that only about 1% of the cards on sale in the High Street had a religious theme. So I'd say the chances of my receiving a religious card were pretty low. If I did get one I would probably just laugh. Pretty much everyone who knows me knows I'm an atheist, so either they'd be mistaking me for somebody else, or it would be their idea of a joke!
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@Sunset50 (1397)
• United States
15 Dec 06
It doesn't bother me what kind of card someone sends. It was the thought that counted. I might send a card with a verse on it, after all, what does the word Christmas mean? I don't think it is right to take Christ out of Christmas since that is what the holiday is about in the first place. We know who our Chrisian friends are so why not allow them to celebrate in the way it is suppose to be.
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• India
15 Dec 06
No they are very colorful.......nice way 2 express an emotion
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@bkwiatv1 (605)
• United States
15 Dec 06
i dont htink anyone should take it personally. its all in the good nature of the season and they should take it in stride of the season.
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• India
15 Dec 06
Yeah I do receive Religious cards from everyone.I don't mind it and am happy enough with receiving them.Don't know what's wrong.But sometimes yeah I consider it offensive like when some Muslim friend gives Bakri Id cards as I don't like massacre of animals.
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• Brazil
15 Dec 06
Ouch. I tend to toss away cards, unless its a nicely-written letter. The whole proceess of it seems too much of a ritual, look at yourlist, write random stuff to people, and send them cards. *ugh*
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• United States
15 Dec 06
I don't mind the religious message. I am just appreciative that they thought of me and sent me a card. I love getting cards. I love getting mail actually. :) I think that's why I order so much stuff off the internet. lol
@magikrose (5423)
• United States
15 Dec 06
That is one of those things that you have to really just let it go and be thankfull that someone thought of you at this time of year and decided to take the time to pick a card, sign it and fill out an envelope with your name and address. This is not the time of year to be picky about things like a religis message on a card. Remember it is the thought that counts.
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• United States
15 Dec 06
well technically christmas is a religious holiday.i would not take a religious card offensive because most holidays are religious expecially christmas its to celebrate the birth of christ.so i would just appreciate the card even if it is religious.
@starr4all (2865)
15 Dec 06
I appreciate my friends sending me cards. So, I ignore the parts with the religios icons/words. However, most of our friends and family know not to send us those types of cards.
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@Khokhonut (702)
• United States
15 Dec 06
It doesn't offend me. People celebrate in different ways, and that is fine, it doesn't affect how I celebrate or what I believe.
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