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Someone asked me not long ago if I was offended by Happy Holidays. I said no I'm not. What offends me is people being told they can't say Merry Christmas. Or the PC police trying to change anything that mentions or hints at including Christmas. For instance, schools no longer are on Christmas break. It's called winter break. I guess it's just a coincidence that it happens to fall during Christmas. But I will say happy holidays, seasons greetings, merry Christmas or any other festive thing I feel like blurting out. None of that offends me. Just don't tell me I can't say Merry Christmas! What if it offends me that people are offended by saying Merry Christmas and that saying it has to stop? This could go round and round. You can't please everyone.
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Someone asked me not long ago if I was offended by Happy Holidays. I said no I'm not. What offends me is people being told they can't say Merry Christmas. Or the PC police trying to change anything that mentions or hints at including Christmas. For instance, schools no longer are on Christmas break. It's called winter break. I guess it's just a coincidence that it happens to fall during Christmas. But I will say happy holidays, seasons greetings, merry Christmas or any other festive thing I feel like blurting out. None of that offends me. Just don't tell me I can't say Merry Christmas! What if it offends me that people are offended by saying Merry Christmas and that saying it has to stop? This could go round and round. You can't please everyone.
Your post sums up how I feel. It seems like a war on christmas more than just holidays.
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I actually quite like the phrase "Happy Holidays" not that you ever hear it here in Ireland. Political correctness has gone beyond the line of rational thinking these days. Just let folks say what they want to say!
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I toss out the odd "Happy Christmas!" just to throw people off now and then. I never had a problem saying, "Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas or "best of the season" to folks I hardly know, but because there has been controversy I seem to say "Merry Christmas" more and more so people know I am celebrating Christmas. In fact, I still wish a Merry Christmas or Happy New Year to folks I haven't seen over the holidays until St. Patrick's Day rolls around and then it's just "hi".

This has been one of my most joyous Christmases in a very long time and I think part of it has to do with the community I reside in where the front page of the local paper reads, "MERRY CHRISTMAS" and we hold an annual old-fashioned downtown Christmas walk and light the town Christmas tree in late November.

Cards and gifts hit the store shelves the first week in November and the local Christmas Bazaars and Craft Shows start up the first weekend in November and music is heard in the stores earlier each year or so it seems.

We have a diverse culture in my city of 54,000 people and my only regret is that we are expected to be "politically correct" in my workplace to the extent that the year before last we had a "holiday social" rather than a staff Christmas Party - this year the tickets read, "Christmas Party" and I was delighted.

I don't expect too much debate on the subject in a Christmas forum where folks gather to celebrate Christmas all year.

Naturally we can't grasp where other people are coming from with their wild ideas that we shouldn't call it a Christmas tree - don't get me going on the "holiday tree" thing.

I read somewhere that there were over 2.1 billion people celebrating Christmas and roughly 6 billion people in the world. I don't think it means that the rest of the billions don't celebrate Christmas in some way or call it something else, but to go to extremes to take the word "Christmas" out of everything associated with the merry holiday is ridiculous in my opinion. I have a few friends who celebrate by exchanging Christmas gifts and still enjoy the traditions of their cultures and they aren't at all offended when I extend merry wishes to them.

To answer the questions, "is there a war on happy holidays"? Sadly there is, but happily it's not going on here.
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