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13 Responses to Happy Holidays!

  1. Murali says:

    I usually say merry christmas, but when conservatives start complaining about saying happy holidays, I feel tempted to pull out the “I don’t celebrate christmas” card.

    • Yeah, it’s something that in my opinion ought to be a non-issue, but has been turned into an issue, so I can’t “simply” say one or the other without taking some sort of culture war stance.

      • fillyjonk says:

        Yeah, about the “can’t avoid being drawn in to some kind of culture war stance” thing. I prefer to be a conscientious objector on these kinds of things: I will say “Merry Christmas” to people I know are Christian and celebrate it or if someone wishes me Merry Christmas. (I celebrate it myself).

        If someone wishes me “Happy Holidays,” I will say the same back to them.

        It seems….churlish… to me to be picky about well-wishes. If someone wished me Happy Hanukkah I’d probably say “The same to you” even though I don’t celebrate it.

        I suppose it’s a “privilege” thing I’m not seeing, someone will explain: that because I’m “majority culture” (Christian), I’ve never felt the sting of being wished a holiday I don’t celebrate. (I’d like to say “I’m single, so let me bring up Valentine’s Day” but I REALLY do not have the energy for that kind of a fight)

        • Murali says:

          Its not a privilege thing. I’m a religious minority (Hindu) and I would still want everyone to wish me Happy Deepavali on Deepavali. Happy holiday would be okay if you get the day right, because you actually remembered. But it would be weird to acknowledge that it is a holy day for me but then refuse to acknowledge which holy day it is. People of different religious groupings would get along better if we spent the effort (where feasible) to go the extra half mile to give a culturally specific and appropriate greeting.

  2. greginak says:

    First day of Hanukkah is on Christmas Eve this year i believe.

  3. Kazzy says:

    If I don’t know what someone celebrates, I’ll default to “Happy Holidays”. Or sometimes just, “Have a good one/day/weekend/break/whatever.” If I know what someone celebrates, I’ll do my best to acknowledge it at the right time and in the right manor. This doesn’t feel controversial or like rocket science but I guess it somehow is.

    • fillyjonk says:

      Yeah, that’s my inclination, too, though I think it’s a characteristic of our age to ascribe foul motives to an attempt to be fair.

      I mean, if someone thought I was Jewish and wished me a happy Hanukkah, they’re not trying to insult me, for goodness sake. Or if they thought I was neopagan and wished me a happy Solstice. Or whatever.

  4. trumwill says:

    The delivery of this post may have been a whiff on my part. I put it up not because Joe Walsh is a blowhard or because “Happy Holidays” is controversial, but because even a blowhard like Walsh who is trying to make it controversial will, if told “Happy Holidays”, respond normally with “Thanks! You too!”

    You know, like real people do in the real world.

  5. RTod says:

    Is there another issue that people care so much about in their electronic media lives and not at all in their actual life? The War on Christmas seems unique in this.

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