** ANNUAL DEBATE ** - 'Merry Christmas'/'Happy Holiday'

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Postby krazymop » Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:48 pm

I tend to say happy holidays. I'm a high school teacher and many of my students are Jewish. Half the time I don't know which, so it's just easier to simply say happy holidays.

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Postby XmasDVD » Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:19 am

krazymop wrote:I tend to say happy holidays. I'm a high school teacher and many of my students are Jewish. Half the time I don't know which, so it's just easier to simply say happy holidays.



again, the easy way out. What did you grow up hearing? Merry Christmas I bet. If it was Chanukka you can say 'Happy Chanukka' - so why not 'Merry Christmas' at Christmas?

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Postby krazymop » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:48 am

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krazymop wrote:I tend to say happy holidays. I'm a high school teacher and many of my students are Jewish. Half the time I don't know which, so it's just easier to simply say happy holidays.



again, the easy way out. What did you grow up hearing? Merry Christmas I bet. If it was Chanukka you can say 'Happy Chanukka' - so why not 'Merry Christmas' at Christmas?


So you'd rather I told my Jewish students "Merry Christmas"? The day before Christmas break, I do say "Merry Christmas to all who celebrate" (or something along those lines)

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Postby nikol0304 » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:57 am

XmasDVD wrote:
krazymop wrote:I tend to say happy holidays. I'm a high school teacher and many of my students are Jewish. Half the time I don't know which, so it's just easier to simply say happy holidays.



again, the easy way out. What did you grow up hearing? Merry Christmas I bet. If it was Chanukka you can say 'Happy Chanukka' - so why not 'Merry Christmas' at Christmas?


I think you just like to argue.

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Postby XmasDVD » Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:34 am

krazymop wrote:
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krazymop wrote:I tend to say happy holidays. I'm a high school teacher and many of my students are Jewish. Half the time I don't know which, so it's just easier to simply say happy holidays.



again, the easy way out. What did you grow up hearing? Merry Christmas I bet. If it was Chanukka you can say 'Happy Chanukka' - so why not 'Merry Christmas' at Christmas?


So you'd rather I told my Jewish students "Merry Christmas"? The day before Christmas break, I do say "Merry Christmas to all who celebrate" (or something along those lines)


yes, why not? It's CHRISTMAS break - not HOLIDAY break. Of course, these days, it prob is called HOLIDAY break.

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Postby elle_fleur » Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:00 am

Why on earth would you wish Jews a Merry Christmas when you specifically know they do not celebrate the holiday. I know it is just an expression of goodwill but it still seems like a bizarre thing to do.

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Postby nikol0304 » Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:30 am

elle_fleur wrote:Why on earth would you wish Jews a Merry Christmas when you specifically know they do not celebrate the holiday. I know it is just an expression of goodwill but it still seems like a bizarre thing to do.


Sounds more like an ignorant thing to do.

But in this situation...it would be rude and offensive.

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Postby XmasDVD » Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:42 am

Wasn't Jesus Jewish?

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Postby krazymop » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:25 am

XmasDVD wrote:
krazymop wrote:
XmasDVD wrote:
krazymop wrote:I tend to say happy holidays. I'm a high school teacher and many of my students are Jewish. Half the time I don't know which, so it's just easier to simply say happy holidays.



again, the easy way out. What did you grow up hearing? Merry Christmas I bet. If it was Chanukka you can say 'Happy Chanukka' - so why not 'Merry Christmas' at Christmas?


So you'd rather I told my Jewish students "Merry Christmas"? The day before Christmas break, I do say "Merry Christmas to all who celebrate" (or something along those lines)


yes, why not? It's CHRISTMAS break - not HOLIDAY break. Of course, these days, it prob is called HOLIDAY break.


My school has off for Rosh Hashanah. So should I say have a happy Rosh Hashanah to every student?

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Postby GinaBeana87 » Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:02 pm

nikol0304 wrote:
elle_fleur wrote:Why on earth would you wish Jews a Merry Christmas when you specifically know they do not celebrate the holiday. I know it is just an expression of goodwill but it still seems like a bizarre thing to do.


Sounds more like an ignorant thing to do.

But in this situation...it would be rude and offensive.


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Postby iamkristen » Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:34 pm

LostYoMind wrote:If people are wishing me well I just thank them and say "you too" I'm not going to be upset with someone for wishing me well.


Well said! But I'm just always like "whatever."
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Postby XmasDVD » Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:42 pm

krazymop wrote:
XmasDVD wrote:
krazymop wrote:
XmasDVD wrote:
krazymop wrote:I tend to say happy holidays. I'm a high school teacher and many of my students are Jewish. Half the time I don't know which, so it's just easier to simply say happy holidays.



again, the easy way out. What did you grow up hearing? Merry Christmas I bet. If it was Chanukka you can say 'Happy Chanukka' - so why not 'Merry Christmas' at Christmas?


So you'd rather I told my Jewish students "Merry Christmas"? The day before Christmas break, I do say "Merry Christmas to all who celebrate" (or something along those lines)


yes, why not? It's CHRISTMAS break - not HOLIDAY break. Of course, these days, it prob is called HOLIDAY break.


My school has off for Rosh Hashanah. So should I say have a happy Rosh Hashanah to every student?



Here's what you do - you figure out what *YOU* celebrate - Christmas, Rosh Hashanah, Kwanzaa, whatever and THAT is what you wish them.
I wish people MERRY CHRISTMAS no matter who they are...on a Jewish Holiday, I am not Jewish, but I do also say "Happy Rosh Hashanah" or whatever celebration it is, too. I go by what the calendar tell me the day is - not by who I am talking to. On Boxing Day I wish EVERYONE (not just Canadians) Happy Boxing Day!

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Postby krazymop » Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:16 pm

I somehow doubt you tell everyone you meet happy rosh hashanah.

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Postby GinaBeana87 » Sat Oct 29, 2011 5:08 pm

So you tell men happy mothers day? If you know someone doesn't celebrate a holiday why would you you say anything about it?

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Postby jediknight » Sat Oct 29, 2011 5:32 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! - That's what I said when I worked retail.

If I was speaking to someone who obviously and noticeably was another religion, I said Happy Holidays....never had a problem and everyone loved it!

Remember...when you say "Holiday" you are actually saying "Holy Day" - so you are wishing someone a wonderful day of observerance - so combining that with Merry Christmas always worked wonders.

Then after Christmas, it was have a happy and safe New Year!


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