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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, Blessed Yule, belated Happy Hanukah, and joyful mid-winter wishes to all!

Does anyone say "Merry Christmas" anymore? It seems like all of the specific holiday wishes have now been replaced with the generic "Happy Holidays" which sounds more like the banner for the mid-December ad sheets that appear in the paper. Does the person that I say "Merry Christmas" to have to be an active celebrant in that particular holiday in order to get the benefit of the greeting? It seems that we are so worried about offending anyone that we have watered down our language to the point that we don't actually SAY anything to anyone, thereby avoiding the offenese. Too bad. It seems that the more we move in this direction, the more detached from our important events we become. It's hard to be caught up in the spirit of the holiday when you are afraid to utter the even the NAME of the celebration you are supposed to be taking part in. I suppose it's all part of progress. Hmm... maybe Tolkien had it right - down with progress, and let's all go back to the trees and live with the Ents. :)

No matter what you are celebrating at this time of year - I wish you a heartfelt Merry Christmas... and a Happy New Year!


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Dec. 25th, 2002 04:04 pm (UTC)
It's still usually "Merry Christmas" this side of the pond, but it is beginning to change a little. Anyway, Merry Christmas to you and the family!
Dec. 25th, 2002 08:01 pm (UTC)
let's all go back to the trees and live with the Ents

Do you have any idea how long it would take an Ent to say "Merry Christmas?"

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<i>let's all go back to the trees and live with the Ents</i>

Do you have any idea how <i>long</i> it would take an Ent to say "Merry Christmas?"

Dec. 26th, 2002 01:17 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you! *hugs*

(even though, as my LJ will tell you, we're not actually celebrating anything this year... ;)
Dec. 26th, 2002 05:20 am (UTC)
*hug* You are so right ... actually you sorta hit the nail on the head. I always said Merry Christmas and "switched" to Happy Holidays in the last two years, because so many of my friends celebrated something different.
I hope you had a VERY nice xmas, dear :)
LOVE the photo, by the way ;-)

Dec. 26th, 2002 08:34 am (UTC)
While I try to keep my christmas cards as generic as possible, I still say Merry Christmas to people. I've always taken wellwishes in the spirit they were intended, regardless of my own affiliations, and thus see no reason not to expect the same in kind. :)

Dec. 26th, 2002 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and a merry Christmas season to you as well!
I've wished people a "Happy Holidays" for years, mostly because I hung out with a religiously diverse crowd -- Christians, Jews, Pagans, Hindus, Sikhs, atheists, etc. Of course, if I mention the other person's holiday's name, they're delighted that I care enough about them to acknowledge their holiday.

I had a similar discussion in one of the pagan email lists I'm on. In a recent message, I said, "When someone wishes you a 'Merry Christmas'. do you take it graciously and say 'Thank you', or are you belligerent and respond angrily, 'How dare you presume I'm a Christian!'?" All of the people who posted replies said they were gracious about it.

What's happened is that Christmas has become two holidays in one. There's the secular Christmas -- or Xmas as I call it -- where people make the mad dash to the stores to buy gifts, set up trees, and send out cards. And then there is the religious Christmas, which commemorates the birth of Jesus the Christ. (I'm convinced he wasn't born on December 25th. Christmas is celebrated that day because one of the popes in the 4th century decreed it. I guess they didn't want to be left out of the Saturnalia celebrations.)

Since you explained your intention behind the greeting, I don't feel slighted by it. Thanks again.
Dec. 31st, 2002 01:20 pm (UTC)
Hey, welcome to Livejournal, Scott!

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