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Why would someone be offended when someone else says Merry Christmas? I understand if your not religious or if you practice a different faith that doesn't celebrate Christmas but why be offended instead of just issuing your own well wishes back? It's not like they meant any harm to you.

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2murphyboys

Asked by 2murphyboys at 4:31 PM on Dec. 7, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I agree. I would rather give someone well wishes and Christmas greetings than be too afraid and not greet someone at all I suppose.
    amybaby_19

    Answer by amybaby_19 at 4:35 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • I totally agree, people want to fight over the stupidest sh*t.
    AbsoluteSelf

    Answer by AbsoluteSelf at 4:35 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • I wouldnt be offended at all if I were a non-christian and were wished well.


    HOWEVER, I do think it is rude of Christians (and I am one) to simply assume EVERYone is Christian. There are MANY well wishes that are not "Merry Christmas".  I think it is very ego centric to go around saying it.


    I personally take great care to wish my Jewish friends a Happy Chanukah, my Christian friends "Merry Christmas", and for those who I am unsure or who I know do not celebrate either "Happy Holidays" or what ever is appropriate at the time.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:37 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • It doesn't offend me when someone says merry Christmas to me, actually. I do sometimes get annoyed when someone "corrects" another, like a friend of mine who is a great christian, goes on mission trips and everything posted "second holiday party of the season" as her facebook status and someone else commented and said, CHRISTmas party dear, CHRISTmas party. - That's annoying, BUT it NEVER offends me when someone says "Merry Christmas!" to me with a smile on their face :-)

    .Northernstar.

    Answer by .Northernstar. at 4:37 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Me personally.. As a person who does not celebrate a holiday in the month of December.

    I am not offended by "Merry Christmas"......... or......."Happy Holidays".. I take both phrases for what they are, well wishes. Nothing more nothing less.
    pixie_trix

    Answer by pixie_trix at 4:53 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • doesn't matter to me what they say...I smile and say it back

    people who get upset or feel offended have...issues ;)
    charlotsomtimes

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 5:25 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • I don't care how someone chooses to word their holiday greetings. Its the thought that counts, and I appreciate the kindness behind the words, however they choose to word it. :)
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 5:33 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • I am a Christian who does not say it but I would never get offended and I haven't gotten offended.
    2tinyhineys

    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 6:04 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Why would someone be offended when someone else says Merry Christmas?  Because they choose to be. Not everyone celebrates christmas, but christianity is a majority in the US so it is assumed. Those who take offense to well wishes were just looking for something to be offended about.

    2autisticsmom

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 7:19 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • You know... I was not a Christian until 19 yrs of age and before that I never associated Merry Christmas with Christianity or Jesus. I grew up knowing it was a polite greeting to say to someone.
    Things sure have changed since I was a child! Sad too!
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 9:23 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

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