To avoid offending anyone, should you...

To avoid offending anyone, should your Christmas be merry or your holiday happy?

There are 560 comments on the Public Opinion story from Dec 8, 2010, titled To avoid offending anyone, should your Christmas be merry or your holiday happy?. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Is the appropriate greeting for the season "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays?" Local residents of various creeds say political correctness has less to do with the words than the feeling behind them.

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Since: May 09

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#596 Dec 27, 2010
Aww, so much anger - I don't think anyone doesn't like it. And Hugh, the koolaid cliche is played out.

We should be celebrating the birth of the magic baby, not fighting amongst ourselves over semantics!

Happy Holidays!
Dan the Man

New Oxford, PA

#597 Dec 27, 2010
I am me-deal with it wrote:
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Don't like it? Go rot!!
Nobody cares. Don't you get it - nobody but NOBODY is bothered when you say Merry Christmas.

Some are offended when you tell them to go rot, since that's an unnecessarily aggressive thing to say for NO REASON!
Hugh Jidette

Chambersburg, PA

#598 Dec 27, 2010
Effington wrote:
Aww, so much anger - I don't think anyone doesn't like it. And Hugh, the koolaid cliche is played out.
We should be celebrating the birth of the magic baby, not fighting amongst ourselves over semantics!
Happy Holidays!
but the Bush one isnt?
MERRY CHRISTMAS
yesteryear

Shippensburg, PA

#599 Dec 27, 2010
Merry, Merry Christmas

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#600 Dec 27, 2010
Hugh Jidette wrote:
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but the Bush one isnt?
MERRY CHRISTMAS
The Bush what?

“Pay it forward!”

Since: Oct 09

Harrisburg

#601 Dec 28, 2010
Double Standard wrote:
To those who want to rant and rave about saying "Merry Christmas", I say to you:
You don't seem to mind all the Christian soldiers overseas right now defending all the other nationalities so lets give a big MERRY CHRISTMAS to all the CHRISTIAN soldiers fighting for ALL the people who have the right in this country to voice their opinions, whether we all agree or not!!!
I may not agree with everything that people do but I will support our troops. Merry Christmas to all the troops and be safe!!!! Thank You!!!! Also to all the other soldiers who are not Christians I wish you a Happy Holiday and stay safe also!!!!
Since you are a gray-box (don't have an account), I'll have to be cryptic. Are/were you in Shippensburg for the holiday? Do you work with a guy whose mom is in Pittsburgh? Or are you related to such a person?

As for the topic at hand ... there are troops of ALL flavors of faith/non-faith - including atheists and pastafarians. Christians do NOT have the monopoly of the services.

“Pay it forward!”

Since: Oct 09

Harrisburg

#602 Dec 28, 2010
Voice of the Minority wrote:
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I always with people whom I know to be Christian a Merry Christmas. That is the respectful thing to do. I wish my Jewish family and friends Happy Chanukah, because that is the respectful thing to do. All others I wish Happy Holidays, because that is the respectful thing to do.
Agreed! It's respect - for the individual, not for the religious affiliation. When someone gives their happy day greeting (whatever it is), I usually respond with "And the same for you!" with sincerity & a smile. It just isn't worth a confrontation or the effort to get torked about someone sharing a well-meaning greeting.

Of course, also I say "bless you" to my cats when they sneeze. I'm still waiting for them to say thank you.

“Pay it forward!”

Since: Oct 09

Harrisburg

#603 Dec 28, 2010
Double Standard wrote:
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Then I thank you very much as I also do the same as I try to be respectful of everyone and their beliefs. May we all have a very healthy and safe holiday and a better New Year!!!
Now that I've read more of your posts, you seem to be more flexible that I at first gave you credit for. Please accept my apologies.

And Happy New Year to you and yours!

Since: May 09

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#604 Dec 28, 2010
The Adventures of God

I

God: Noah, all the people of earth are sinners. You alone are righteous.

Noah: Thanks God. Long time fan, first time prophet.

God: So, I have decided to smite the entire world with a flood.

(pause)

Noah: Couldn’t you just teach man goodness?

God: No. I’m thinking “flood.”

Noah: So you’d rather just kill every-

God: What part of “flood” do you not understand?



II

God: Moses…I have seen the plight of the Jews in Egypt.

Moses: Wow. Only after, uh, 400 years there, right?

God: Yes.

Moses: Awesome.

God: I will take you out of Egypt after ten terrible, terrible plagues.

Moses:…ten?

God: Is there a problem?

Moses: It’s just…ten is a lot. For, you know, God. Couldn’t you get this done in like, two plagues max?

God: No. For you see, Moses, I will harden Pharaoh’s heart against me.

Moses: So…you are going to stop him from letting us free from slavery.

God: Yes.

Moses: So you can bring more terrible, terrible plagues upon the people.

God: Yes.

Moses: And you see nothing wrong with this picture?

God:...

Moses: Are there any other Gods up there I can talk to?

III

Mary: Did you send the child support?

God: Frankincense and myrrh. Yeah.

Mary Annnnnd?

God:(sighs). And gold. And the gold.

Mary: That’s better.

IV

Job:…

God: Well, this is awkward.

V

God: Abraham, you must circumcise yourself.

Abraham: As you wish, my lord.

God: Oh my Me. He’s totally going to do it.
Applause

Reedsville, PA

#605 Dec 28, 2010
Effington wrote:
The Adventures of God
I
God: Noah, all the people of earth are sinners. You alone are righteous.
Noah: Thanks God. Long time fan, first time prophet.
God: So, I have decided to smite the entire world with a flood.
(pause)
Noah: Couldn’t you just teach man goodness?
God: No. I’m thinking “flood.”
Noah: So you’d rather just kill every-
God: What part of “flood” do you not understand?
II
God: Moses…I have seen the plight of the Jews in Egypt.
Moses: Wow. Only after, uh, 400 years there, right?
God: Yes.
Moses: Awesome.
God: I will take you out of Egypt after ten terrible, terrible plagues.
Moses:…ten?
God: Is there a problem?
Moses: It’s just…ten is a lot. For, you know, God. Couldn’t you get this done in like, two plagues max?
God: No. For you see, Moses, I will harden Pharaoh’s heart against me.
Moses: So…you are going to stop him from letting us free from slavery.
God: Yes.
Moses: So you can bring more terrible, terrible plagues upon the people.
God: Yes.
Moses: And you see nothing wrong with this picture?
God:...
Moses: Are there any other Gods up there I can talk to?
III
Mary: Did you send the child support?
God: Frankincense and myrrh. Yeah.
Mary Annnnnd?
God:(sighs). And gold. And the gold.
Mary: That’s better.
IV
Job:…
God: Well, this is awkward.
V
God: Abraham, you must circumcise yourself.
Abraham: As you wish, my lord.
God: Oh my Me. He’s totally going to do it.
Encore!
OldCburgChick

Frederick, MD

#606 Dec 30, 2010
Effington wrote:
The Adventures of God
I
God: Noah, all the people of earth are sinners. You alone are righteous.
Noah: Thanks God. Long time fan, first time prophet.
God: So, I have decided to smite the entire world with a flood.
(pause)
Noah: Couldn’t you just teach man goodness?
God: No. I’m thinking “flood.”
Noah: So you’d rather just kill every-
God: What part of “flood” do you not understand?
II
God: Moses…I have seen the plight of the Jews in Egypt.
Moses: Wow. Only after, uh, 400 years there, right?
God: Yes.
Moses: Awesome.
God: I will take you out of Egypt after ten terrible, terrible plagues.
Moses:…ten?
God: Is there a problem?
Moses: It’s just…ten is a lot. For, you know, God. Couldn’t you get this done in like, two plagues max?
God: No. For you see, Moses, I will harden Pharaoh’s heart against me.
Moses: So…you are going to stop him from letting us free from slavery.
God: Yes.
Moses: So you can bring more terrible, terrible plagues upon the people.
God: Yes.
Moses: And you see nothing wrong with this picture?
God:...
Moses: Are there any other Gods up there I can talk to?
III
Mary: Did you send the child support?
God: Frankincense and myrrh. Yeah.
Mary Annnnnd?
God:(sighs). And gold. And the gold.
Mary: That’s better.
IV
Job:…
God: Well, this is awkward.
V
God: Abraham, you must circumcise yourself.
Abraham: As you wish, my lord.
God: Oh my Me. He’s totally going to do it.
OMGoodness, that is SO funny!!!!!

I'm gonna send this to my BIL, he's a pastor who the Good Lord blessed with a extra large funny bone.

HE'S GONNA LOVE THIS!!!!

Effington, thank you once again for a hearty laugh on a dreary winter day.

Happy New Year to you young man, and may you be blessed with happiness, health (and a good, NY style deli).:)

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#607 Jan 4, 2011
Glad I could inject a little humor into this depraved subject...

So now that Christmas is over (and I hope everyone's was Merry) now what are we going to get mad at each other over?
Dan the Man

Bensalem, PA

#608 Jan 5, 2011
"If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it."

-- Stephen Colbert

From "Jesus is a Liberal Democrat," Dec. 16 episode.

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-repo...
Qwerty

Hagerstown, MD

#609 Jan 5, 2011
Dan the Man wrote:
"If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it."
-- Stephen Colbert
From "Jesus is a Liberal Democrat," Dec. 16 episode.
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-repo...
This link could get me fired for "lol" ing too loud at work. It's a good thng i'm still on lunch break. Funny stuff, but it hits pretty close to home. Thanks for the link.
Qwerty

Hagerstown, MD

#610 Jan 5, 2011
Effington wrote:
Glad I could inject a little humor into this depraved subject...
So now that Christmas is over (and I hope everyone's was Merry) now what are we going to get mad at each other over?
I gotta admit, I was glad when Christmas was finally past so I could say "Happy New Year" without risk of offending anyone.

It's only a short break though till we hear complaints about celebrating "dead, white Presidents day" vs. MLK and black history month.
Dan the Man

Bensalem, PA

#611 Jan 5, 2011
Qwerty wrote:
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This link could get me fired for "lol" ing too loud at work. It's a good thng i'm still on lunch break. Funny stuff, but it hits pretty close to home. Thanks for the link.
Can you believe that some rightwingers think Colbert is actually a conservative? That he's not doing satire but really believes what his character says?
victoria

Haverfordwest, UK

#612 Jan 5, 2011
Dan the Man wrote:
<quoted text>
Nobody cares. Don't you get it - nobody but NOBODY is bothered when you say Merry Christmas.
Some are offended when you tell them to go rot, since that's an unnecessarily aggressive thing to say for NO REASON!
I care when every-one says happy christmas i always feel happy if people wish me a merry christmas and a happy new year we all wish it to one another in my house.

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#613 Jan 5, 2011
victoria wrote:
<quoted text>I care when every-one says happy christmas i always feel happy if people wish me a merry christmas and a happy new year we all wish it to one another in my house.
I think that's nice and I like being told Merry Christmas too. But I would never get annoyed or upset if someone wished me a Happy Holidays. It's a friendly greeting either way - there's no reason to care so much.
EYE

Reedsville, PA

#614 Jan 5, 2011
The holiday is over and this thread should be too.

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#615 Jan 5, 2011
EYE wrote:
The holiday is over and this thread should be too.
I disagree - this is one of the only interesting conversations going on right now. If you don't want to participate - then don't.

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