Happy Holidays.

My wife told me she was able to get this shirt for our kids for only $1.50 because we live in the South and other Christians didn’t want it.

I told her I was able to get us booked with our marriage counselor because I thought she was one.

Happy Holidays? SMH.

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  1. Paul Cochran says

    Yesterday…..I was using the online chat function for a major retailer. Our conversation was ending and I decided to wrap it up by typing “Merry Christmas”. I was surprised when I received back a “Merry Christmas” instead of the typical Happy Holidays. That was pretty neat.

    • Andrea says

      I work for “one of those companies” and we are allowed to respond to a Merry Christmas with a Merry Christmas, we just are not allowed to lead with it. Remember that not everyone celebrates Christmas. It would have been more appropriate if they had said Happy Hanukkah ;)

  2. Chris Mathews says

    Doesn’t the Bible say that “They will know you are my disciples by your branded t-shirts”. Of course the Amplified Message Bible adds “…and your bumper stickers”

  3. says

    I still remember the days when people could say “Happy Holidays” without Christians accusing them of being anti-Christian persecutors.

    The huge irony of the war on Happy Holidays is that it was started by people who claim to be defending the freedom to say what you like, when in reality they actually hate people saying a certain phrase.

    • Garrett says

      Michael, you are absolutely free to say “Happy Holidays” if you so choose. If that’s your personal preference, then by all means go for it.

      I, however, prefer to say “Happy Thanksgiving” and “Merry Christmas” because those terms more accurately convey the important Christian heritage of both holidays.

      • says

        “Christian heritage”? There is nothing in the Bible about celebrating Christmas or Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a national holiday, not a Christian one. Christmas is also a co-opting of a former pagan holiday, which still retains many of its pagan traditions (such as the mistletoe and tree).

          • says

            Why do so many people find it strange that I like to talk to people whose viewpoints differ from my own?

            Do you enjoy speaking only to people who agree with you? That doesn’t seem boring to you?

          • Mary Beth says

            Well, I, for one, am glad that Michael is here. Not because I have some weird delusion that he’ll ‘catch” Christianity, but because he adds depth to the conversations.

          • Luke says

            I’m with Michael on this one, actually. I can’t think of a time when people have gotten offended at me for saying “Merry Christmas” to them, though I pretty consistently hear about issues with “Happy Holidays” at this time of year. I fully plan on having both a happy holidays AND a merry Christmas this year!

            Plus, I personally like seeing Michael’s comments, probably my second favourite thing about SCL following the posts themselves.

        • says

          Michael, you rarely talk WITH people with differing viewpoints, you talk TO them. Most every post, I haven’t read them all, are posts explaining why you are right and someone is wrong. I read your blog, I can see some reasons why you don’t like many Christians, who could blame you. It was absolutely wrong and non-Christ like what your future in laws did to you and your wife. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

        • Saskia says

          I’m Christian and I’m with Michael here. Recognizing that other people have different cultural traditions and values and beliefs systems is a good thing. And Thanksgiving isn’t Biblical. Frankly, neither is Christmas. It’s important to Christians, but that’s not the same thing.

        • Bob says

          I think you may be mistaking Christian and biblical to mean the same thing. Thanksgiving and our country both have a strong Christian heritage. However, I will concede that our culture has moved the focus away from God in almost every arena to the point of suppressing the Christian heritage.

    • Melody says

      Yeah, it’s gotten weird.

      Besides, “Happy Holidays” is not some newfangled phrase out to destroy Christmas. I’ve seen it on Victorian post-cards, because for a long, long time now America has had three major holidays all smack together and we want them all to be happy.

      Although, if people want to be specific about their holiday, I don’t think other people need to get grumpy either. Christians don’t have a monopoly on acting as if it’s a personal attack for someone to express joy over something they don’t believe in.

        • says

          Did you know that the ancient Romans used to celebrate this time of year by giving gifts? The pagans celebrated it because they believed that at the darkest time of the year, they had to put on a celebration of life in order to draw the Sun back out of hiding.

          There is a commonality among many cultures of wanting to do something at this dreary time of year to put cheer back in everyone’s hearts. It’s not just consumerism, and I think there is something to the idea of “cheer” at this time of year, regardless of which religion one belongs to.

          • leslie says

            I appreciate your insight michael. always learn something from your posts and appreciate that you dialog with anyone interested in sharing thoughts and ideas about this life we’re in and journey we’re on.

          • says

            It’s all the same to me – – – I need to stock up on the t-shirt!

            The New Oxford American Dictionary says “ORIGIN: Old English hāligdæg [holy day.]”

            Soooo – – – – there you have it!

            God wins -

          • Michelle says

            Just curious (really, just curious, not wanting to cause offense or juke you, Michael – I really enjoy your commenting on the whole), but how about the countries like mine where we are supposedly coming into Summer? (It is meant to snow in some parts tomorrow. SNOW! We are meant to have 28-32 degree C days at this time of year!) Though, I guess the Romans and others are all northern hemisphere and therefore it is relevant to them, and the Europeans just brought it down a couple of centuries ago.

            Guess I just answered my own question! :)

      • says

        This phenomenon of people being “corrected” for saying “Merry Christmas” is totally made up. I’ve never seen it happen, and the only documented examples of it happening are people who insist on doing it in a professional capacity where their employer has instructed them otherwise. If you’re on the job, you do what your employer says. That is not a religious freedom issue; that is an insubordination issue.

          • Kristi says

            But it’s not persecution. Not even remotely. And it shouldn’t be treated like it is.

            As Christians, we’re meant to love everyone. Love God first, then love God’s children. How are we loving them if we’re shoving Christmas in the faces of those who don’t believe?

            I say “Merry Christmas” when I’m with fellow Christians, but if I’m wishing holiday greetings to people I don’t really know, I am more than willing to say “Happy Holidays” because I love and respect them as they are and don’t wish to offend someone who celebrates Hanukkah or Kwanza or other holidays of which I’m not aware.

            How are we loving anyone by assuming they celebrate Christmas? Or by claiming persecution because someone wished us a happy holiday? That’s ignorant and disrespectful, especially considering what genuine persecution looks like.

            Just enjoy the holidays – however they’re wished upon you – and allow others to do the same.

            Also, for the record, anyone who claims they’re being persecuted when they’re not wished a merry Christmas should be immediately greeted with “YOU SIT ON A THRONE OF LIES!”

            Just sayin’.

        • says

          I also very much enjoy having differing opinions, I thrive on it as a teacher and an educated person, but I just don’t appreciate the condescending attitude. That may be unfair as tone cannot come across through the written word and if I am wrong, I apologize. And maybe I am the only one and I am the one with the problem.

    • Rebecca C says

      Actually, the argument started because of big corporations nixing the phrase “Merry Christmas” in advertisements and associate’s scripts. I don’t care if someone says “Happy Holidays”. I only care if they are specifically told they are not allowed to say “Merry Christmas”. I know, I worked for one of the corporations in question, and we were told not to say that particular phrase.

      I fail to see how Christmas is offensive. And for the record, someone wishing me a “Happy Hannukah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice” is not offensive either.

      Now, since this started there is a small subset of people, who clearly want to claim victim status, that complain if ANYBODY says “Happy Holidays” to them. That is completely ridiculous. Seriously though, I’ve met/heard of far more people complaining about this subset, than I have actually seen of this subset.

      Tldr version: I’m not offended by any holiday greeting you give. I’m offended when people are so scared of offending others that they’ll use any phrase but “Merry Christmas”, and force others to do the same (e.g. store associates).

      • LisaH says

        Here’s my take on it: Stores are there to make money. They want to have as many customers as possible. So by having “Holiday” sales instead of “Christmas” sales, they are encouraging those who celebrate holidays other than Christmas to spend money in their stores. If customers are offended by “Merry Christmas”, they won’t shop there and the store makes less money. Asking employees not to say “Merry Christmas” is not motivated by suppressing Christians, it is motivated by increasing sales.

    • Virginia Tadrzynski says

      Considering that the term ‘holidays’ is mishmash of what was used to be said as ‘Holy Day’ to commemorate Christmas and other sacred days, what is the big deal if you say ‘Holidays’? You are wishing someone a happy holy day.

      • CW says

        And there are LOTS of holy days to celebrate. The feast of St. Nicholas, the feast of St. Lucia, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Christmas, feast of the Holy Family, Epiphany. Man, it’s good to be Catholic and have all those holidays…

    • Katherine says

      the irony to all this that I see is that most Protestants would really like the idea that they are saying Merry Christ’s Mass; but get really bent out of shape saying the shortened version of “Happy Holy Days”. Now what is wrong with that?

  4. Garrett says

    Yep, Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t Christian. Just like the Fourth of July isn’t patriotic. And Mother’s Day has nothing not to do with mothers. Logically.

    • says

      Sarcasm is not a valid rebuttal. Thanksgiving is a national phenomenon rather than a religious one, and Christmas is a co-opted pagan holiday, which was originally based on the winter solstice.

      • says

        I agree with you that Christmas traditions originally started with different Pagan holidays. The tree, the time of year, the gifts… all had pagan beginnings.

        However, they didn’t call those pagan holidays “Christmas”, the Christmas Holiday was “invented” by Christians (actually Catholics) to celebrate the birth of Christ, and wanting to not alienate the pagan cultures they had converted, they adopted and attached Christian meanings to the traditions already being practiced in those cultures.

        So in a way, “Christmas” is a Christian Holiday, since the pagans were not celebrating something made up of the words “Christ” and “Mass”.

        Now though, I think Christmas has become very commercial, removed from either the Christian meaning or the pagan roots of its traditions.

        As for “Happy Holidays”, I say that sometimes if I am referring to the whole holiday season, but if I am referring to the legal holiday called “Christmas” I say “Merry Christmas”.

        As for what others say, I don’t care if you wish me a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a joyous winter solstice, a Happy Kwanzaa, or just Happy Holidays. I celebrate Christmas, but if someone wishes me well for any occasion I take it as a thoughtful gesture, and am grateful for that gesture. If I wish you Merry Christmas, please take it the same way.

      • says

        Actually, Thanksgiving is a national, religious holiday. Abraham Lincoln said, “”(The things for which we are grateful) are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy… I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens…to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”

        Thanksgiving was not set up as a nation day to randomly give thanks, but specifically a day to thank “the Most High God.”

        http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/thanks.htm

      • Garrett says

        I’m curious, Michael: Have you ever read the story of the Pilgrims? Or have you read President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation? Or President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation? You might find them very interesting.

        And I thought you might appreciate this definition of “Christmas” taken verbatim from my Encarta World Dictionary: “A Christian festival marking the birth of Jesus Christ.”

      • says

        Michael(if directed at me)…I look stuff up all the time. I used to be you from what I can tell. I know all of the arguments against faith and Christianity…I used them. Then I stopped allowing for Christians to get in the way of my salvation. Christians are hypocrites and so is everyone else. I read the Bible, read some other books and the Holy Spirit moved in me because I stopped fighting against what I knew was truth. But that’s my story, I don’t expect everyone else to have it or agree with it.

    • Saskia says

      In the Netherlands, where I’m from, Thanksgiving is truly Christian. But that’s because it’s celebrated in churches (mostly of the reformed tradition) with church services and is meant to say thanks for the harvest. It’s part of the liturgical calendar. Thanksgiving is an American holiday, and important, but it’s not religious in nature. It can have religious significance for people, but that’s not the same thing.

      • skyblue says

        “It can have religious significance for people, but that’s not the same thing.”

        That’s a great way to put it.

        Christmas and Thanksgiving are of course celebrated by Christians in religious ways, but they’re also celebrated by so many non-Christians in non-religious ways, and I don’t think anyone can say either group is “doing it wrong”. Every family is different. I’d say most people I know enjoy Christmas with lights, trees, songs, cookies, family get-togethers, but without a religious aspect. Thanksgiving (in North America at least) is the same way.
        I think I’d call Christmas a “Western Culture” holiday.

    • Steven says

      Woah – back up the train. International Bacon Day? We have an international Bacon day and nobody told me about it? Or even worse – nobody told Hallmark so they could sell cards for it?

      Oh, the humanity!

      • Dave says

        This is the best part of all of this…Where is that “Bacon Day” section in the card aisle? Better yet…How would they read?

        Love/Like…
        Roses are Red
        Violets are blue
        I hear bacon sizzle
        when I think of you.

        Condolences…
        In this time of need….

        Your presence has been like the warmth and comfort of a slice of bacon in each hand.

        Father’s Day…
        Dad, you have always been there for me
        My first step,
        my first word,
        my first…

        piece of bacon.

        Bless you for the important things you’ve helped me through.
        Altho, if I recall, you didn’t really want to split that bacon until Mom came in the room.

        • Shari Ann says

          Thank you for bringing sanity, humor and bacon back into this conversation!

          Everything, even SCL, is better with bacon.

      • Shari Ann says

        Please do not be offended. We respect your right to not eat bacon, even if we do not understand it. Some of us may even view your avoidance of bacon as unnatural, but we won’t judge you for it.

        • The_Other_Tom says

          I seem to be struggling with not judging you Kristi. I ask for your forgiveness and I hope to overcome this soon.

  5. says

    “Happy Holidays” has been around for years! I use all three greetings right around their actual dates, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. But Thanksgiving ushers in the holiday season and I feel a bit odd saying Merry Christmas on December 1st! So Happy Holidays it is for most of December! Nothing to do with anti-Christ or Christmas!

  6. says

    i’ve forgotten if you have sarcasm and passive/aggressive behavior in your list of STUFF CHRISTIANS LIKE. it seems to be a large part of what passes for christian evangelical behavior. it should be on the list but i wish it didn’t have to be.

    i grew up enjoying sarcastic humor as much as the next person, but honestly, can we stop being so sarcastic and passive/aggressive and be more kind. i think everyone will be drawn to Christ much more. maybe it’s part of growing up.

    • JonJon says

      I think that’s a great point, but at the same time, this is a site dedicated to satire and sarcasm. Yesterday’s post encouraged you to tuck your shoulder when you jumped out of a moving vehicle when the song Christmas shoes came on. I feel that asking SCL to be less sarcastic is a bit like asking batman to quit wearing black. If you meant less sarcastic in conversation, I agree with the need to be less passive aggressive.

      • says

        Jon, Jon, Joh. You’re like my husband who thinks pink, orange, and red are all the same color. Batman’s man-onsie was actually light PURPLE. Only his mask and cape were black. Get the facts, man. Get the facts.

      • Shari Ann says

        I’m just hoping that Martha Brady did not think you serious expect people to jump out of moving cars. It’s okay Jon, some folks actually thought (and still do think) that Jonathan Swift really wanted people to eat Irish babies too. Fortunately, some countries’ governments are taking steps to deal with the failure of their people to recognize (much less appreciate) satire: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/blogs/opinions/06/27/13/government-bares-plan-regulate-satire

      • Dana Pratt says

        I read this blog from time to time. Maybe it’s my age but I agree with Martha. All of this makes me sad really. I don’t find the humor. It’s like Christian humor gone awry. No need to respond. I know….move on along then.

  7. Scott says

    So the whole shopping on Thanksgiving has been going crazy since stores started offering sales on that Thanksgiving Day. Everyone says how awful it is that people have to work on Thanksgiving Day. Then I remembered that many people work on that day to support the needs of those complaining:
    1. Gas stations are virtually open 24/7 so you can travel.
    2. Airlines are running so you can get home for the “holidays”.
    3. Public servants: police and fire are working to put out your turkey fryer explosion.
    4. Now 3 major cities with NFL franchises are forcing people to work on Thanksgiving.
    5. And on and on.

    Oh my what has the world come to with all this work and you get paid $$ to do it?

    I haven’t heard anyone boycotting the NFL (3 games this past week instead of 2) and the people who have to work on that day to support the stadiums, teams, broadcasts, etc. I guess there is a line drawn between the Christianity and Family values of football and people heading out with cash after hanging with their families all day to go shopping together.

    • Mary Beth says

      My husband works the majority of holidays by choice (extra $). Most people in our area like the idea of having clean, running, water coming out of the dfaucet when it’s time to do the dishes (or boil the potatoes)!

    • Katherine says

      I was thinking the same thing. Thank God for people who cook, clean and provide services for others on Thanksgiving and any holiday. I have worked on Thanksgiving: Ward Clerk at a hospital; care aide in home for Developmentally Delayed. The only offensive thing about shopping is the difference between service which are necessary and promoting greed, materialism and commercialism. I have shopped on Black Friday before it go too popular, now would avoid it like the plague. I was smug about not wanting to shop anywhere that “forced” employees to work on a family Holiday. That was until my mother who is 83 and on Home Hospice care needed her antibiotic which had been left out of the package from the pharmacy. I was so grateful that they were open from 9 – 3 and told them so. They still had time in the day to celebrate with their families and probably were paid time and one-half. I hope so anyway. I hope I remember this lesson next time I get smug about something I have not really thought out well.

  8. Lisa says

    I see “merry christmas” and “happy holidays” as fairly interchangeable. Even if they’re not though, I think people getting huffy about somebody using the wrong greeting are missing the point that somebody is wishing them goodwill, regardless how you word it.

  9. Andrea says

    I love this shirt! I think with every “Happy Holidays” comes a great test in our understanding of grace. Someone else saying Happy Holidays doesn’t change a thing about what this season is for me, but how I respond to them can change how they view this season. Christians, remember that those people wishing you happy holidays just want you to have a good day, so please don’t ruin theirs by stepping up on your soap box. Just smile and say a sincere “Thank you” and move on.

  10. Beth says

    Doesn’t anyone know the derivative of Holiday is Holy Day?! :) Joy to the world! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays! I refuse to say Happy Kwanza because it wasn’t even celebrated when I was a child. It feels like a fake made up holiday to me. Atheists already have their own day, April Fool’s Day, because the fool has said in his heart there is no God. Psalms 14:1

    • says

      and Xmas is Greek for Christmas. I also love how the secular world has gotten rid of Christmas trees in government settings, but are ok with Santa Claus. So…they have gotten rid of the pagan symbol and allowed the exaggerated Christian saint to stay….shhhh….we won on that one. I think. :)

  11. Rami says

    I’m just generally happy if someone cares for me so much as to wish me well in anything. A ‘happy holidays’ or a ‘merry christmas’ is guaranteed to get a pleasant response, at least from me.

  12. Ellen says

    Perhaps we Christians love symbolic wars because they are so much easier than genuinely loving our neighbors and sharing the love and grace of the gospel. Do we win some kind of advantage by correcting sales people? Would we rather build walls or bridges? Some years ago, we loudly and vociferously complained that the world was using Christmas for secular purposes: the selling of baby Jesus. Now we seem to be put out that they aren’t.

  13. Greg says

    Beth is absolutely correct. The etymology of “holidays” is “holy days”. So, in effect, those who say “Happy Holidays” are offering a blessing on the special days being recognized. Nothing wrong with this in my book. Why are we getting in such an uproar when we have already effectively eliminated Christ from so much of our lives anyway. Amos 5 reminds us of a God who would rather throw out holidays and festivals in exchange for hearts that are mighty floods of justice and endless rivers of right living. This can only be found in Christ, and where this is absent, we might as well wish folks a “Happy Santa Day” for all the difference it makes.

  14. Mandy says

    Growing up I thought Happy Holidays just referred to Christmas and New Year’s since they’re only a week apart. It wasn’t until I was and adult (like in my early 20’s) that I realized people were using it to refer to holidays celebrated by other religions. As such it doesn’t really offend me much because I think of Christmas and New Years!

  15. KJGuest says

    And then, there are those of us who really don’t want to be wished a happy or merry anything, as “The Holidays” are a time of heartbreak, sadness, and loneliness that we’d really rather do without. Not to be a downer (too late), but the point is, no matter what you say, there’s no one size fits all greeting.

  16. skyblue says

    I wish people “Happy Holidays”, or “Happy Thanksgiving, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year”, depending on the date as the season goes on.

    I have had people react nastily to both “Merry Christmas” (with a mocking concern for me, did I know that “they” won’t let us say that any more and I had better watch out, etc, followed by a rant assuming I was “on their side” of the “Christmas War”), and “Happy Holidays” (with a nasty tone of voice “Merry Christmas” in response, or lecture about how I should have said “Merry Christmas” instead). Really kills the cheer.

    But, I think any happy wish or cheerful greeting is a nice one, and I’ll generally say “You too!” in response even if someone were to wish me a happy day on some holiday I’d never even heard of.

  17. Miranda says

    Since “holidays” is a christian term meaning “holy days” I’ve never understood this argument, from either side :P Also along the same lines, “xmas” is also a christian shortcut the x is the greek letter chi that Christus begins with and the shortcut dates back hundreds of years…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xmas
    /rantoftheday

  18. says

    If you could successfully start a fight on SCL over Happy Holidays vs Merry Christmas, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for a good marital quarrel :)

  19. says

    You know, Jon, you can’t give your wife a hard time for not having seen iconic movies when you actually claim that Batman’s working attire is black. Did you never read Batman comic books? Did you never see the TV show? I’m HORRIFIED by the vast holes in your upbringing! He wore a pale PURPLE body suit with black accessories. It was eventually changed to gray by the toy industry, but the REAL Batman wore purple. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Batman+TV+show&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=batman+tv+show&sc=8-14&sp=-1&sk=#view=detail&id=F7A8002482D3A2172457DAAEBB3ED5019560F3AD&selectedIndex=9

  20. Claudia says

    Well, bless your little pea-pickin’ heart.

    “Happy holidays” is as bland and meaningless, and ultimately as offensive, as “Have a nice day.” It has more to say about the paucity of imagination and the poverty of communication than the state of one’s spiritual health. But hey, that’s just my opinion, so Merry Christmas and all that jazz.

  21. says

    From a financial standpoint, “Happy Holidays” is a good deal – you can start wearing it for Thanksgiving, all the way up to MLK day . . . . :)

    That, and the fact that “Holiday” means Holy Day . . .

  22. Denise Moore says

    Ahhh, but the beauty of these shirts is that the girls can wear them on every single holiday of the year! Might be a little warm on Independence Day but, what a bargain!!!

    • Emily says

      Shoot. I searched through your twitter to find what you said SMH stood for to be all clever and then someone beat me to it…Too slow to be clever…

  23. Shari Ann says

    But…but…the COLORS!!! The COLORS are all WRONG! Teal and coral are NOT Christmas colors, and are NO substitute for true red and green (anything with more blue in it than kelly green is incorrect). What have we come to when we’ve allowed colors outside the range of the standard, traditional, long recognized True Christmas Colors?

    I am shocked, shocked I tell you, that nobody pointed this out. The shirt’s wording is irrelevant, it’s all about the color scheme.

  24. Crystal C says

    I’m actually not that offended by the use of Happy Holidays. If people feel the need to not offend me they can say that. I will retort with “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”, though.
    The colors, however, are AWFUL! Why do people use other colors than somewhat traditional? Stop trying to make this time of year a fashion statement. Leave it alone people!

  25. Candice says

    I’m not judgemental about what other people say but when I say Merry Christmas I feel like I’m talking code ;) True, if it comes back censored, I’m making a few assumptions but that’s about it. Fine with me. It’s a greeting that we all have a preference for. Mine happens to be Merry Christmas.

    • Laura says

      Yes, the code. I feel the same way! If someone responds Happy Holidays to my Merry Christmas, I’m not exactly judging but…

    • says

      When I wish someone a “Merry Christmas” what I’m really saying is that “I’m better than you. I’m a better person. God loves me more. And I’m not going to Hell, unlike you, you filthy piece of human garbage.” Because that’s what Merry Christmas means to me.

  26. Laura says

    I don’t love Happy Holidays but it’s not because I think people are trying to be anti-Christian. I remember when I was a kid (not too long ago-back in the 90s) people said both and I don’t recall Happy Holidays being offensive. What I do like about saying Merry Christmas or Happy Hannukah is the personalization of knowing what holiday someone else celebrates, which I think, for me, is better then the generic Happy Holidays but this is just my preference.

    You know what I did here a lot a few weeks ago that drove me mad? Happy Holiday. For Thanksgiving. I work in a bank and people have been doing it for Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Labor Day! It’s so much better if you just acknowledge the holiday the other person celebrates. Happy Holiday drives me insanse cause you already both know exactly which one you’re thinking of…

  27. Cathy says

    I get the whole Merry Christmas thing, I really do. We shouldn’t be afraid or stifled from expressing joy for a holiday we celebrate. But…I have always thought of Happy Holidays to encompass Christmas and the New Year. I feel it’s been twisted a bit.

  28. says

    Trying to force others to say ‘Merry Christmas’ feels too much like forced conversion to me. The concepts of love, joy, and family seem more Christlike to me. ‘Enjoy the holidays’ is what I usually say, and I mean it: enjoy your time of year, no matter what you celebrate (or don’t). And maybe, as I understand God’s unconditional love and experience the zoe life of Christ more and more, my joy will become infectious to the point where they ask why I seem happy and upbeat every day of the year, not just during this season. :)

  29. Jared says

    Christians get bent out of shape about the most ridiculous stuff. There are actual big issues to address like the problems with welfare in the church, the church’s approach to homosexuals, how the church can be more relevant, how the church can restructure to spend nearly all of its resources of serving people in a very hand-to-mouth way instead of nearly all of its budgets on buildings and salaries. Other stuff is just trivial and fills up our lives with sillyness.

  30. Brett says

    Every time you say “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays” you cause New Year’s Day to shed a tear. Why do Christians want to leave New Year’s Day feeling lonely? After all, New Year’s Day is responsible for more people making a 3 week commitment to church attendance than Christmas is.

  31. says

    This. Is. Great. Thanks for my evening entertainment. I love that Michael, who has been reading this at least as long as I have… Is still hanging with us yahoos. God, show yourself to your son, through your broken children. Grace.

  32. Jessi says

    I don’t really get the hullabaloo over “Happy Holidays.” Holiday literally breaks down to Holy Day. It’s not an antithetical phrase to religion.

  33. Ellie says

    Christmas is not the only holiday in existence. I don’t have any problem wishing others a happy holiday, regardless of whether they do or do not celebrate mine. I think it’s narrow-minded and unChristlike to react so negatively and with such vehemence against a phrase like “Happy holidays.” Insisting that Christmas is the only wintertime holiday worthy of recognition is bigoted, and I don’t think Jesus would have done it.

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