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My Confession: I Will NOT Tell You Merry Christmas!

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And yes, I am using my SN. I'm not to chicken to post that I 'need' to post this anon.
First off, let me say that I am really tired of Christians saying that "They" are taking Christ out of Christmas and how 'wrong' it is to say "Happy Holidays" instead. They, of course, being everyone who isn't Christian.
Christmas is the Christian interpretation of the Pagan holiday of Saturnalia. All the traditions- round bulbs on the tree, hanging mistletoe, wreaths, the tree itself- they are Pagan symbols that were adopted by early Catholics when the Church was seeking to convert members.
And Christmas being Christ's birthday? Right. Even Christians believe that he was born sometime around spring. That whole thing about it being the Saviors' birth? That, too, is a Pagan belief. At Yule, or the Winter Solstice, Pagans see it as the birth of our God, from our Goddess. So, if you REALLY want to celebrate Jesus' birth, pick a springtime date and celebrate then.
There is Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, and New Years, to name a few. So, to say "Happy holidays" is not to 'Take Jesus out of Christmas', but, more simply, to INCLUDE other religions and let people know that, while you don't believe, you still RESPECT their right to believe and practice any religion they feel, in their hearts, is true.
Even if I was Christian, I would say "Happy holidays" because I would know that there are others, and by acknowledging them, I would know that I am NOT taking Jesus out of the season- just accepting that there are others and RESPECTING the fact that they HAVE THE RIGHT TO PRACTICE AND CELEBRATE THEIR HOLIDAYS, TOO!

That is all.
Have a very nice holiday season, one and all.
Love and light.

Mother to (IMO) the two best kids EVER born. I am a vaxing, corporal punishment (when called for!), loving, teaching my kids to be good, kind, caring, strong, independant people kinda MOMMA.
I am almost an LMT and love making people feel good!

by on Nov. 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM
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by Silver Member on Nov. 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I will continue to say Merry Christmas and will not get offended if I am replied with something other than merry Christmas. I do not see the big deal.
You are right about Christmas but I think most scholars have agreed that Jesus was born sometime around July or I have heard September but never heard Spring.


by on Nov. 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Merry Christmas!  and a Happy New Year......................

by on Nov. 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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This pretty much sums up my thoughts on the subject:


by Anonymous 2 on Nov. 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM
It's awfully exhausting to get so worked up over words isn't it?
by on Nov. 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I couldnt even make it to the end, I just kept seeing blah blah blah same shit every year. I actually thought this would be different for some reason.
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by on Nov. 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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I'm an atheist and none of it bothers me. If someone tells me merry Christmas, I smile and say it back. If someone tells me happy holidays, I smile and say it back. I find it silly to get so upset over it.
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by Anonymous 3 on Nov. 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM
WHO CARES?! THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES THIS AS CHRISTMAS!! it is a holiday. They aren't saying you need to believe in God or Jesus to celebrate it. Ffs most children don't even know about Jesus and they just want gifts from a fat fuck in red named Santa. Say happy holidays, say merry Christmas, don't say anything at all. But its called Christmas whether you approve or not. Stop taking shit personally and too literally and get. The fuck. Over it. Believe what you believe and let others do the same.
by Anonymous 4 on Nov. 30, 2012 at 12:28 PM
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You sound like my husband.

We also say Happy Holidays here! I don't want to not include someone and make them feel bad.

I am a Unitarian so I am kinda in the middle of the road of religions. I am an open book of spirituality.

by Platinum Member on Nov. 30, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I have no problem with others saying Happy Holidays, but what I do have an issue with is stores and schools trying to ban people from saying Merry Christmas....The way I see it is everyone should be allowed to say what they want or what the believe....If I say Merry Christmas and you celebrate Hanukkah then just say "happy Hanukkah back...not that big of a deal....I will continue saying Merry Christmas to other and so will my children however I will not be offended if you say Happy Holidays or Happy Hanukkah back to me

by Platinum Member on Nov. 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM

This is exactly my thinking....

Quoting nerdymom28:

This pretty much sums up my thoughts on the subject:


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