Well this made me smile. Who in their right mind DOESN'T just say Thank you, you too? That's exactly what I say and I've been saying it all day while out shopping. My cheeks hurt from smiling, but that's a good thing. Smiling makes people happy.
Ohh you'd be surprised. There is a number of folks out there who get very huffy if you don't wish them a Merry CHRISTmas. It's a very misplaced indignation considering the origins of the holiday. People like that make Jesus look stupid. :/
I don't get huffy. If they say the true holiday that they celebrate, I wish it back. But, if it is someone's employee and they say something generic, I do say in a cheery voice, and I mean cheery, "And a merry Christmas, too!" The Christians are so glad to be able to say, "Merry Christmas," knowing the listener will not get huffy. I haven't had anyone get huffy since I say it so cheerily. But, I do live in the Bible belt.
But see? If someone is at least cheerful, there's no reason to ever get huffy. You can wish me a happy Ramadan and I'd be ok. Now, if my favourite Bible printers started doing that in their advertisements, I might get a little huffy because there I expect to be their target audience and want my holidays to get special treatment. I think this is a bit about what the "Christmas wars" are about, but Christians need to realize that era is going fast/gone. Fortunately or not.
Made me smile too. Yes. If the words are said with good intent, awesome.The difficulty comes in when we realize that not everyone says these things with good intent. In fact, isn't that what all the stink is about? If you see people wishing you a "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" as pushing something on you, then you're not feelin' the love. Though, I think the point is well taken: Most of the time (whatever that is), no one is trying to push anything on you. They're just sharing joy. ~Luke
Or telling you to have a good holiday in the "have a nice day" sort of way. Either way, it's ok.
Personally, I'll take a Merry Christmas, and raise you a Happy New Year! I do find it comical, however, when someone who is not AA and probably does not celebrate Kwanza wishes me a Happy Kwanza as if All black people celebrate Kwanza... it wasn't even celebrated when I was born! I never heard of it till college, and have ethical issues with the creator or the celebration! But I digress... just wish people what is comfortable for you, and let them deal with it, but don't try to guess which greeting to give, because it could get embarrassing.
Oh wow, I hadn't thought of how uncomfortable I'd be if someone wished me a happy Kwanzaa. Because yeah, now that you mention it, you're making sort of a racial statement even by talking of the holiday. I wish everything didn't have to be so uncomfortable. I have some of the same ethical issues I think but in any event I don't celebrate it. :)
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