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TOPIC: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays 01 Dec 2015 23:19 #8732

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With Christmas around the corner I think it's interesting to bring up the 'Merry Christmas' vs 'Happy Holidays' controversy again. I've noticed especially in schools where saying Merry Christmas is offensive and not allowed. Kids at my high school would get criticized for saying Christmas break or Merry Christmas because it was offensive to other students who didn't celebrate Christmas.

I don't see how saying Merry Christmas is offensive unless you're not allowing other kids to say Happy Hanukkah or other holidays. I think we should all be allowed to express our religion and excitement for the holidays. I think banning the words Merry Christmas and replacing it with Happy Holidays is a bit problematic. I think it also makes religions seem like an issue and as if we can't have them without offending people.

A lot of brands and companies use the phrase Happy Holidays because they're reaching to a mixed audience, which makes sense. However, stopping one person from saying Merry Christmas shouldn't be a thing. An article I read says how you should say Merry Christmas to a Christian, or Happy Hanukkah to a Jew etc. If you don't know what religion the person is, then say Happy Holidays. Whatever you say, I think anyone should say whatever they feel comfortable saying for the holidays!
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