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JW's...Is it okay for you to tell someone Merry Christmas?

Today i heard a knock at my door. I answered it and a very nice older lady was there. I talked to her for a few minutes. She asked me if I would take her magazines and I did. As she was leaving I didn't even think and I said (like I would to anyone leaving my house this time of year) " Merry Christmas!" As soon as the words left my mouth I felt my foot take thier place! I know that you don't celebrate Christmas! I didn't even think about it when it flew out of my mouth. But, to my surprise she wished me a Merry Chirstmas back!

Just wondering if that was okay? Was she just being polite and said it back? Should she have said it? I had friends that were JW that I worked with for many years and I was always very careful to make sure I didn't wish them Merry Christmas. It just really threw me that she said it back.


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Asked by Nika75 at 1:37 AM on Dec. 20, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • she was probally just being polite
    my mom is JW and every time some one wishes her "happy holidays", or "merry christmas", she usually just responds with "you too"

    Answer by bi-polarmommy at 1:55 AM on Dec. 20, 2008

  • Shes coming to your door, you tell her whatever you want to tell her.

    Answer by nicholeluvslucy at 12:40 PM on Dec. 20, 2008

  • I've always found JW to be polite. So I'm sure she was just being friendly and nice.

    Answer by Jill42721 at 4:46 PM on Dec. 20, 2008

  • I've always said "You too" back, but prefer when someoen wishes me a happy holidays.. it's more polite

    Answer by JennBear54 at 7:55 PM on Dec. 20, 2008

  • I think she was just being nice or just repeated back your salutation, if someone say Marry Christmas I usually say "have a nice day", I don't go out of my way to say I don't celebrate Christmas so as not to make them uncomfortable, if they ask what I'm doing for Christmas I do say I don't Celebrate, and if they ask "why not" then do I explain.

    Answer by lisarose45 at 9:02 PM on Dec. 20, 2008

  • Well, I sure didn't know that.

    Answer by Fiveofakind2 at 11:15 PM on Dec. 20, 2008

  • My brother is a JW (convert) and he has always said that if it's his family he doesn't mind getting a Christmas card or letter, I think sometimes he feels left out. When I send out holiday cards, I try to send him a regular card because that's when I send out family pictures and I want to include him without being insensitive to his beliefs. I think most people understand that you are simply wishing them well regardless of the words you use; at least I hope they do.

    Answer by FrogSalad at 9:01 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

  • I'm sure she wants to be nice and polite. It's not a big deal. I don't wish anybody Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkak but I wil say Thanks if you wish to me. I won't wonder when I see a question like this: Does JW eat or sleep like normal people?. For the God's love, JW are normal people some of them are a little strict but everybody is in some way. In this world you have to respect and tolerate everybody. By the way, I love all my family and friends, those are Catholic, Christian, Jews, Muslim, JW or whatever. I love you'all and wish you blessings every single day.

    Answer by Ilovesunflowers at 10:43 AM on Dec. 29, 2009

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