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good point! I think It's fine to spread cheer but don't make fun of someone or point them out because they don't and minimaid has a good point too! =)
Oh my goodness! Who would ever make fun of someone because they don't celebrate?! I hope you've never seen this happen in real life or on WI.
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You know, I always say "Merry Christmas" just like my coworker says "Mazotov" upon the arrival of my kids because he's Jewish and I say "Happy Birthday" to my Jehovah friend (it may look like I know a motley group of people but if you knew the religions of people around you, you'd be surprised ).
The proper response is Thank you. Never "I'm not Jewish, can you not say that" or "I don't celebrate Christmas, can you say Happy Holidays instead" or "I don't celebrate birthdays so please don't say that to me."
See my point. People are more tolerant than you may think. You probably have said Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to a number of Jehovahs but they took it with grace... just like you should take things with grace when someone says Happy Chinese New Year. Just say Chung Hay Fat Choi (Happy new year). Just kidding, you don't have to say it in Chinese, just smile and say thanks.
Last edited by Azriel; 11-16-2008 at 03:29 PM.. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
I myself do not celebrate Christmas because of my religion. It doesn't bother me to much though, that everyone celebrates it. I think it's a wonderful holiday, and find it amazing how everyone celebrates it so enthusiastically.
I'm with you, Azriel. Not everyone celebrates Christmas, but I do, so I feel strongly that I have the right to say "Merry Christmas" and observe any and all Christmas traditions. I don't take offense when other people celebrate their holidays and traditions that I don't observe. On the contrary, I am interested in other peoples' beliefs and traditions. I can't imagine why others would begrudge me my holidays. In reality, I believe most people are not really offended. It's not like anyone is forcing them to celebrate something they don't believe in. (That would be offensive).
So, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone!
true like when i was younger i went to a jewish school why i dont know i was like in prek and there was mean and one other kid who celebrated xmas but the other always asked us what we got and what we wanted
I think the main point trying to be made here is basically not to assume that everyone shares in your beliefs. I worked in retail for a long time and had to train my staff very carefully not to wish customers a Merry Christmas Or Happy Easter etc. during holiday seasons so as not to offend anyone because I had seen people be offended when they were told to have a "Happy insert holiday here". I personally believe that the personal expression of ones faith is a beautiful thing and I even understand where the desire to share it with everyone you come into contact with. I still believe that during the (as I've come to call it) winter holiday season a nice blanket "Happy Holidays" is the way to go when you're sharing greeting with others unless you're sure of their beliefs. As to your own, display your Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice and anything else I missed avvies proudly. I'll enjoy seeing them around the forum.
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