This is why you should be careful who you wish a “Merry Christmas”

Why you should be careful who you wish a Merry Christmas

This is why you should be careful who you wish a “Merry Christmas”  Not because they might be offended but because you might learn something about yourself you didn’t know.  OK, probably not a reason to stop the practice.

I know there are people who get upset when someone says “Merry Christmas” instead of the broader and more inclusive “Happy Holidays”.   I know there are others who get upset when people say “Happy Holidays” thinking we shouldn’t be so damn sensitive.

Here is how I always looked at it.  Whether you say “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Hanukkah”, “Happy Kwanzaa”, or “Happy Winter Solstice” to me I don’t care.  I am happy to receive your good tidings for the season.  But as they cartoon alludes too, I always wonder about the few people who seem to turn on the charm in December and are pricks the rest of the year.   It is as if, as an adult, Santa is still watching and they can make up for a year’s worth of crap in one month.  Thankfully I have only run into a handful of these people in my lifetime.

Anyone else every have to deal with someone like this?

To all my readers, thank you for another year of support and I hope 2015 brings you nothing but good health and good fortune.

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36 Responses to “This is why you should be careful who you wish a “Merry Christmas””

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  1. benzeknees says:

    I was married to a guy like that! He treated me like crap for most of the year & then bought me a big, expensive gift for Christmas. He seemed to think this would make everything OK (maybe because it was OK for his own mother). Notice I said “was married?” Treat me nice every day or say goodbye!

  2. Comedy Plus says:

    I agree with you my friend. I don’t care either. Whatever you celebrate is fine with me.

    Merry Christmas. 🙂

  3. Tim Green says:

    Now he has eggnog on his face.

  4. Binky says:

    I think it’s great when someone wishes you whatever they celebrate.

  5. Red says:

    I am good with Happy Thursday.

  6. Dave says:

    I don’t say anything in English usually. I hope this doesn’t mean I am a prick 12 months out of the year. 😉

    I do say Frohe Weihnachten to everybody at the Christmas Eve service. Tradition more than anything.

    So, Frohe Weihnachten Bearman.

  7. David Hurley says:

    Tis the season, I’m happy with any kind greetings!

  8. Gruhn says:

    The same goes for charities. They have to survive most of the year until Christmas to get their donations. In any case, Merry Christmas Bearman and Happy Tidings as well.

  9. Mark Stokes says:

    Someone got all wrapped up with a bow and stuffed under the tree!

  10. jeromatic says:

    As long as somebody wishes me a happy anything I consider that a gain!

  11. Bill Murphy says:

    I love buying Christmas Tree Ornaments. It really bothers me when stores advertise them as “Holiday” ornaments. So I don’t buy them there.

    As for the Merry Christmas stuff, I don’t have a specific opinion on that. I’d rather be told “Have a good day” and save “Merry Christmas” for Christmas parties, Christmas Eve and Christmas day. 😉

  12. lisleman says:

    I suspect we all like the greeting to be genuine. However, grumpy people snapping out of it for the Christmas season shows the power of the season. good post

  13. frigginloon says:

    It’s the season to be jolly…falalalalalalalalala

  14. G.B. Miller says:

    I get annoyed when people wish me a Happy Holiday at work even though not only it’s the politically correct thing to do but its the one way to stay out of trouble with the powers that be (State guv’ment = insanely insipidly stupid political correctness).

    So I tell people that they can wish me a Merry Christmas and I won’t get offended.

  15. Tony McGurk says:

    I agree with Bill on pre-Christmas greetings. I once had a shop assistant wish me Merry Christmas mid November one year. While I don’t celebrate Christmas I don’t get offended if someone wishes me a Merry Christmas. While I won’t repeat the official greeting I just thank them & say that I hope they enjoy theirs or that they have a good one. Regardless of what the topic is I never “get” the whole overly sensitive thing.
    If I get the Happy Holidays greeting I always think “I’m not on holidays I’m still working”. I alreeady had my holidays a week ago.

    On the whole PC thing, we’ve recently had instances at work with people’s food & drinks being stolen from the lunch room fridge at work. I just despise thieves, especially those who steal from their work mates. I put a sign on the fridge that said “Don’t steal stuff from this fridge ya theivin’ scum” My sign was later removed. The reason “It’s accusative & may offend someone”. I told them that the only person it’s accusing is a lowlife thieving mongrel & I don’t care if they get offended. If I knew who it was I’d put their name on the sign too so everyone would know who the scum was. People these days are just too darn touchy. Oh I’ve got off track & almost written a blog post. Sorry….

  16. jynksie says:

    Well then, Merry Prickmas to you as well! [smirk]

    I’ll be honest, I’m as religious as a random chair, but during the holiday season, I wish people a Merry Christmas. The traditions, the stories, the music, the revelry, are all built around it. While Jesus is as much a literary tale as Rudolph and Frosty [to me], he’s still the reason we built the season into what it is. Enjoy it, even if you don’t subscribe to the religious elements of it. It really is that easy, simply allow those who enjoy Christmas, to celebrate, however they wish. Ho-Ho-kiss-my-jingle-bells-ho!

    This time of year, the only thing I’m religious about, is running up my electric bill stringing up the lights! Now why the HELL are they ALL blinking? Merry Christmas!

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