friend to all
I was at the feed store earlier this week when an old friend approached. We don't see each other very often, but years ago spent many hours together working cattle. We shook hands and were glad to see each other, I had heard he had passed on a few years ago so this was a good time. We visited about ranch stuff and old friends, then headed our separate ways. I wished him a Merry Christmas and he responded with "Happy Holidays"!
I asked him if he had been watching TV again and our old liberal - conservative debate that we used to practice years ago came to life! Folks started moving in to listen and encouraged the volume and preposterous nature of our discussion.
The owner of the store walked over and asked us if we were serious, we laughed shook hand and moved on.
We can have fun with this stuff.
I say "Merry Christmas" to people, and when people say "Happy Holidays" to me, they get "Merry Christmas" in return.
I understand why some people- who have no problem with Christmas or Christianity- say "Happy Holidays". Their intentions are pure, but I want to do my part in getting us out of this habit.
I too say Merry Christmas.
I was at the dentist yesterday. On my way out the girls in the reception area said "Happy Holidays!"
I turned around and said "Merry Christmas to you!"
With an almost relieved look they both said "Merry Christmas!"
I have heard that many places are telling their people to say "Happy Holidays" but if a customer says "Merry Christmas" then they are OK to respond in kind.
This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears above ground he is a protector.
Around here it is Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! Of the people are further apart in distance than many places!
|paradox in a box|
I now say Merry Christmas. But before all this stupid horseshit I always said Happy Holidays and it was just a way to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in a shorter way.
These go to eleven.
I've always said "Merry Christmas" and I'm Jewish.
"Yidn, shreibt un fershreibt"
|A Grateful American|
"the meaning of life, is to give life meaning" ✡ I could explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.
|Dances With |
Right. It's Merry Christmas, not happy holidays.
And it's You're Welcome, not no problem.
Thank you very much.
...let him who has no sword sell his robe and buy one. Luke 22:35-36 NAV
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves." Matthew 10:16 NASV
"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts." Sherlock Holmes
As some Australian friends are wont to say, “No wucks”. This is short for “No wuckin’ furries!”
|On the DL|
I need to get a Festivus Pole.
A mind is a terrible thing.
The first "Merry Christmas" of the season I heard today while in the doctor's office waiting area. A patient came in, wearing a red Salvation Army t-shirt (he may have been a kettle volunteer, or someone they've helped) said it as he entered the place! He got several in return. Did my heart good.
To be honest I usually say... "Happy merry and all that bullshit."
You're assuming you're welcome.
Sliced bread, the greatest thing since the 1911.
from the abyss
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy." Winston Churchill
My standard seasonal greeting has become..."festive holiday greetings".
"the world doesn't end til yer dead, 'til then there's more beatin's in store, stand it like a man, and give some back"
I have been delighting my office staff by signing cards, “Happy whatever doesn’t offend you...”
I proceed likewise, Sir. By the by, in a recent team meeting in one of the many, many offices in which the uber-PC Government of Canada functions, yours truly heard that “the ‘Year-End’ festivities would take place on day such and such”. I then objected that such “festivities” should be properly labelled as “Christmas”. My TL objected, as it was not inclusive of all faiths - at which point I retorted that, at the GoC, we *do* celebrate Diwali and Eid, so it’d be fair to name Christians’ main holiday its due name.
A silence descended on the room. It was only broken by said TL moving on the meeting’s agenda (“so... to move on, we’d like to reiterate that this is a scent-sensitive office, and the use of strong parfumerie is discouraged...”).
|Character, above all else|
When someone wishes me "Happy Holidays" I always ask them "Which holidays are you specifically referring to?" with a quizzical look on my face. For many, it puts them on the spot and they really don't know what to say. Others bravely say "Christmas!" to which I return that greeting with "Merry Christmas!" and a smile.
But I'm an azzhole like that.
"Hug your family. Thank your friends. Tomorrow comes too soon." rainman64
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