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Say It Loud and Say It Proud: MERRY CHRISTMAS! (Secular humanists as Ebenezer Scrooge)
The Digital Freedom Network ^ | December 4, 2003 | A. E. Huggett

Posted on 12/04/2003 10:30:05 AM PST by quidnunc

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To: steve-b
Really!! I use Xmas a lot and would hate to think that anyone thought it was sacriligious. I thought everyone knew that X was a symbol for Christ.
21 posted on 12/04/2003 11:24:25 AM PST by altura
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To: TonyRo76
While working in a bank for 10 years, I would pointedly ask customers,(if I couldn't tell by a last name), Are you celebrating Christmas? Most were.

People of other faiths would be wished "Happy whatever" holiday they were celebrating.
Most customers thanked me, and let me know they were highly offended by the generic Happy Holidays greetings. It's amazing what customers will tell you. LOL
22 posted on 12/04/2003 11:29:01 AM PST by baseballmom
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To: steve-b
Somebody needs to ease up a bit.

Steve, if other holidays were shortened in the same fashion, perhaps you'd have a point. Only the Christmas holiday receives this kind of treatment. Not Ramadan, or Chanukah, Yom Kippur, or any other number of non-Christian holidays.

23 posted on 12/04/2003 11:40:52 AM PST by Lou L
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To: GrandmaPatriot
If someone gets offended, how about, "Happy Hellfire"? Or would that be rude and insensitive?

LTS

24 posted on 12/04/2003 11:42:11 AM PST by Liberty Tree Surgeon (Buy American, the Nation you save may be your own)
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To: quidnunc
then all you have to do is see the all-out assault on the very holiday of Christmas this year.

This seems to be the theme of the week for some conservative columnists. Saying "happy holidays" does not constitute an assault on Christianity. It's merely an acknowledgement that some people celebrate something else.

26 posted on 12/04/2003 12:16:54 PM PST by MattAMiller
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To: MattAMiller
Oddly, ever since we exchanged "Holiday" for "Christmas", retails sales have been suffering. People don't get excited about shopping for "Holiday". They don't have fond memories of the "Holiday" season.
27 posted on 12/04/2003 12:23:04 PM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Alberta's Child
Actually, there IS something more idiotic . . . it's the bizarre use of the phrase "Turkey Day" instead of "Thanksgiving" -- as if we're engaging in some kind of pagan worship of a freakin' bird.

I think it's really just a whimsical nickname.

28 posted on 12/04/2003 12:23:48 PM PST by MattAMiller
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To: meowmeow
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Take heart ... here on the liberal Left Coast, I ran across a postal clerk who did just the opposite last week. When I asked for a couple of books of Christmas stamps, he asked if I wanted religious or nonreligous stamps. When I asked for the Mary and Jesus stamps, he said, "Good for you. That is what the season is all about."

I said, "Merry Christmas" to him, and he replied, "I'm not supposed to say Merry Christmas to any customer, but if they say it to me first, then I will always say Merry Christmas back. This is not just "the holidays" after all!"

I was heartened by the exchange, to say the least.

29 posted on 12/04/2003 12:26:20 PM PST by RightField (The older you get . . . the older "old" is !)
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To: quidnunc
I only use Happy Holidays when I know the person I am talking to is of a different faith. I say Blessed Christmas as often as I can to sales people and the like. If they choose to correct me because they are of a different faith, so be it.

As for cards, we have 2 Jewish friends we send a faith appropriate card to. Everyone else gets religious Christmas cards. No little teddy bears or Santa's on our cards!
30 posted on 12/04/2003 12:31:13 PM PST by freemama
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To: Lou L
Steve, if other holidays were shortened in the same fashion, perhaps you'd have a point. Only the Christmas holiday receives this kind of treatment. Not Ramadan, or Chanukah, Yom Kippur, or any other number of non-Christian holidays.>>

C.S. Lewis used the X-abbreviation (Xianity, Xian, etc) throughout his career, and I don't think anyone thought that he was a pagan. (Well, except for one or two Evangelical friends of mine....)
31 posted on 12/04/2003 12:43:00 PM PST by Ronly Bonly Jones
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To: quidnunc
On the Mike Gallagher show, Mike called on everyone to send religious christmas cards to all the ACLU offices.
32 posted on 12/04/2003 12:51:21 PM PST by Johnny Gage (Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter, since nobody listens)
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To: quidnunc
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!


I feel all counter-culture now,,,,,,,Cool!!!!

33 posted on 12/04/2003 12:59:31 PM PST by kb2614 (".....We've done nothing and were all out of ideas!!")
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To: Snidely Whiplash
""But honey, it's his [the dog's] first holiday!"

Darn, Sniedly...you beat me to it...I also noted that the word "holiday" seemed stupid.
Ever since seeing that PetSmart commercial, I have been taking notes on other obvious omissions of Christmas.
34 posted on 12/04/2003 1:01:00 PM PST by AlexW
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To: MattAMiller
"This seems to be the theme of the week for some conservative columnists."

Psst---this is a CONSERVATIVE website---that kinda thing gets good traction here

Oh, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

35 posted on 12/04/2003 1:16:18 PM PST by Sam's Army
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To: quidnunc
Happy Kawanzaa to all on this thread.
36 posted on 12/04/2003 1:19:33 PM PST by presidio9 (protectionism is a false god)
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To: Alberta's Child
I have no problem using the term "Happy Holidays," since I work in an environment where there are a number of non-Christians.

I agree; most large offices are a mix of faiths and nonfaiths that can be tricky to navigate this time of year. But I did find it odd when, a few years ago on the evening of Dec. 24, I was bidding farewell to a co-worker whom I was going to see two days later and she went out of her way to wish me a "happy holiday." Denying that the Dec. 25 "holiday" is, in fact, Christmas runs counter to most every calendar I've seen, but perhaps that's changing too.

37 posted on 12/04/2003 1:25:09 PM PST by TenaciousZ
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To: meowmeow
So if you want to annoy the postal people…...




first consider swimming with sharks or teasing grizzzly bears.
38 posted on 12/04/2003 1:41:59 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (You realize, of course, this means war?" B Bunny)
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To: MattAMiller
-- as if we're engaging in some kind of pagan worship of a freakin' bird.

I think it's really just a whimsical nickname.

Doesn't everybody love a ritual sacrifice? (with pie)

39 posted on 12/04/2003 1:44:50 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (You realize, of course, this means war?" B Bunny)
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To: AlaskaErik
"I have no liberal friends. If you're a liberal, you're not my friend."

Same. Makes life a lot easier, doesn't it?
40 posted on 12/04/2003 1:46:10 PM PST by John Robertson
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