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    Merry Christmas or happy holidays?

    I'm on the " merry Christmas" side....which do you prefer?

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    Re: Merry Christmas or happy holidays?

    I tend towards "Merry Christmas"
    Every now and again someone winces or something but after sixty some years, it's fairly ingrained, and I have little real motivation to change.

    Let me share a post I made on FB the other day:

    Definition of Merry:
    mer·ry
    ˈmerē/Submit
    adjective
    cheerful and lively.
    "the narrow streets were dense with merry throngs of students"
    synonyms: cheerful, cheery, in high spirits, high-spirited, bright, sunny, smiling, lighthearted, buoyant, lively, carefree, without a care in the world, joyful, joyous, jolly, convivial, festive, mirthful, gleeful, happy, glad, laughing; More
    (of an occasion or season) characterized by festivity and rejoicing.
    "he wished me a merry Christmas"
    BRITISHinformal
    slightly and good-humoredly drunk.
    "after the third bottle of beer he began to feel quite merry"

    So, if I wish you a Merry Christmas, I am saying that I hope you spend the Christmas Holiday being cheerful, cheery, in high spirits, high-spirited, bright, sunny, smiling, lighthearted, buoyant, lively, carefree, without a care in the world, joyful, joyous, jolly, convivial, festive, mirthful, gleeful, happy, glad, laughing, and maybe even a little tipsy.

    If that offends you, I'm sorry, but I think you need to get a life.
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    Re: Merry Christmas or happy holidays?

    Quote Originally Posted by LarsMac View Post
    I tend towards "Merry Christmas"
    Every now and again someone winces or something but after sixty some years, it's fairly ingrained, and I have little real motivation to change.

    Let me share a post I made on FB the other day:
    You know, I've never had anyone wince when I wish them Merry Christmas - or Happy Diwali or Joyful Eid. I don't think I'll change either :-)

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    Re: Merry Christmas or happy holidays?

    All my life during the Christmas season, I always said Merry Christmas!

    Over the years, PC has run rampage and caused the happy greeting Merry Christmas to be questionable greeting, sad.

    I still like to say Merry Christmas, but some times I say (sadly) Happy Holidays when someone says it to me first.
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    Re: Merry Christmas or happy holidays?

    I always use Happy Holidays, it's automatic with me. Whatever someone wishes me I just thank them and tell them it's mutual.

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    Re: Merry Christmas or happy holidays?

    It's Christmas..........you wish Happy Christmas.............what else would you say ?
    I thought I knew more than this until I opened my mouth

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    Re: Merry Christmas or happy holidays?

    I take exception to people demanding that I be happy. On those infrequent occasions when I approximate happiness it's because I've chosen to, not because I've been instructed to. I disapprove of happiness, it's too often based on uninformed illusion.

    As for merry, the OED sums it up in its first entry, " Of an occupation, event, state, or condition: causing pleasure or happiness; pleasing, delightful. Obs." - obsolete. Just so. What business has anyone to be merry in today's world.
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    Re: Merry Christmas or happy holidays?

    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    I take exception to people demanding that I be happy. On those infrequent occasions when I approximate happiness it's because I've chosen to, not because I've been instructed to. I disapprove of happiness, it's too often based on uninformed illusion.

    As for merry, the OED sums it up in its first entry, " Of an occupation, event, state, or condition: causing pleasure or happiness; pleasing, delightful. Obs." - obsolete. Just so. What business has anyone to be merry in today's world.
    So, to roughly translate - "Bah humbug"?

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    Re: Merry Christmas or happy holidays?

    It's the appropriate time of year to say it, after all.
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    Re: Merry Christmas or happy holidays?

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