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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
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It's an expression of joyful greetings and well wishes, based on what I celebrate; not me trying to convert you, so I always say Merry Christmas - (and have for 54 years-"old dog").

Just like I'm not offended by "Aloha" when I'm in Hawaii, I don't expect others to offended by my holiday greetings.
It's friendly not offensive.

But, I also enjoy using  "Season's Greetings" or "Enjoy Your Holidays" in greeting cards.

Nov 29, 2022 07:34 AM
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Alan May
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At some point, or another, a large group of society decided the phrase "happy holidays" was offensive, rather than inclusive.  And as such, they determined that Christmas was under attack.  Sheer and utter nonsense.

I don't get offended by those who offer me "Merry Christmas" greetings, nor am I offended by those who offer "Happy Holidays".  And neither are inclusive, or exclusive of the other. 

I also accept the random "Happy Kwaanza", "Happy New Year", and "Have a good Winter Solstice", without managing to take offense.

Nov 29, 2022 10:39 AM
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I choose #3. 

My goal every single day is to NOT allow anything to bother me about anything. 

Truth be told, I often fail miserably with that goal.

Thankfully my recovery period is short.  I get back to the center quickly and resume skipping joyfully through life. 

Nov 29, 2022 08:37 AM
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Where the spirit of the LORD is...there is liberty. Come all ye faithful

Nov 29, 2022 09:44 AM
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I use Merry Christmas in my mailings but #3 applies. To each, their own.

Nov 29, 2022 08:46 AM
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Shayne Stone
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1) Neither bother me

Nov 29, 2022 08:21 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
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Number Three.

Nov 29, 2022 08:08 AM
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3

 

Nov 29, 2022 07:48 AM
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Carol Williams
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It would be a waste of energy to be offended by either. I am not one of those people out looking for opportunities to be offended.

I lean toward "Happy Holidays" during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. On Christmas Day, it is "Merry Christmas" all day long.  If that offends you, put me on your naughty list and move along.

Nov 30, 2022 05:41 AM
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I care more about the intention of the person saying it.  If someone says Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to me, or any of the other seasonal well wishes, I respond in kind.  I'm not about to be "that guy" who goes around correcting people.

Nov 29, 2022 11:02 AM
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1) Neither bother me, but I'd say it another way, both are perfectly fine with me. Someone wanted to send/share good wishes with me. That's the important thing.

Nov 29, 2022 10:33 AM
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John Juarez
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Why would I be offended if someone spoke of joy to me?

Nov 29, 2022 10:13 AM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
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This whole time of the year has become so overly commercialized and now politicized, I just feel sad.  "Happy Holidays" is very inclusive, but I am old school:  "Christmas" is December 24 & 25, and "the Holidays" is the period surrounding it when everyone goes nuts buying stuff. And I go to Hawaii to be with close family and friends. 

Nov 29, 2022 10:02 AM
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Kathy Streib
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For me, it's not the words but the spirit in which it's given. You can wish me Happy Hanukkah if you mean it in a sincere way. However, I typically wish people Merry Christmas...been saying it for many many decades. 

Nov 29, 2022 09:51 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I meant to leave a comment under another comment and it seems I can not delete this comment, I keep getting the "where are your keys error".

Nov 29, 2022 08:39 AM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
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door number three for me!

Nov 29, 2022 08:23 AM
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Will Hamm
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I am find with number 1 Bob

Nov 29, 2022 08:08 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
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I'm good with either.....and honestly you can feel the feeling behind the greeting and I welcome the kindness and friendship!

Nov 29, 2022 08:17 PM
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Don Baker
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I'm only bothered by anyone telling me what I can and can't say.

Nov 29, 2022 10:33 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
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I say Merry Christmas, however I'm not an "oh that's offensive" type of girl.

Nov 29, 2022 10:22 AM
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Carla Freund
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#3 for me. I generally say Merry Christmas and sometimes Happy Holidays. Interestingly, some of my friends and clients also tell me Merry Christmas and I know they don't celebrate it the way I do. I assume it is out of respect as they know I celebrate Christmas. I appreciate it when they are considerate in that way. If I know someone celebrates a different holiday, I try to greet them in that manner. I just don't always know. I do hope if/when I do greet someone who doesn't celebrate Christmas with "Merry Christmas" they take it as a positive greeting as it is intended.

Nov 29, 2022 10:22 AM
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Lynnea Miller
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Number 3.  Christmas is a legal holiday and so why is it offensive to say Merry Christmas?  But just as I welcome this from people, I would say Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish Friends and Happy New Years to everyone.  

Nov 29, 2022 09:35 AM
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Lyn Sims
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Neither bother me.

I think that the 'holidays' is inclusive for all other religious folks.

No one has ever wished me a happy Kwanza.

Nov 30, 2022 05:59 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
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I wish people who I know are not of the Christian faith Happy Holidays. If someone wishes me Happy Holidays, I don't take it personally and it's nothing I would allow to put me into a rage. 

Nov 30, 2022 04:57 AM
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3.  :)

Nov 30, 2022 04:53 AM
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3, I used to be a two, now I have grown a bit more tolerant and dont really care that much about what people say.

 

Nov 29, 2022 06:55 PM
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#3 - I'm not bothered by either. For me, it's Merry Christmas but, I respect others' religions and for them, I wish them Happy Holidays!

Nov 30, 2022 06:14 AM
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Wayne Martin
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#1 gets my vote! As an old timer I try not to get lost in word salad unless it is served up by politicians. They need less dressing to make it logical.

Nov 30, 2022 04:33 AM
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Stay cool and rock steady. We're good either way. It's the Merry Xmas that can hit the crankometer a tad Bob "RealMan" Timm .

Nov 30, 2022 02:59 AM
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 As long as you don't talk about "Kwanzaa", we're good!

Nov 29, 2022 07:21 PM
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Steve Higgins
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sMerry Christmas it what I grew up with and have used until the last few years with everyone needing to be politically correct. So I have to go with 3 Bob! Family and friends it's still Merry  Christmas. 

Nov 29, 2022 06:09 PM
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4) Both bother me, bah humbug

Nov 29, 2022 05:12 PM
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Joan Cox
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Whatever floats your boat, wish we could get back to the days before being so PC.

Nov 30, 2022 06:27 AM
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Tony Lewis
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Merry Christmas.  It's a National Holiday 

Nov 30, 2022 06:50 AM
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Happy Festuvis, Bob!!!   ^_~

Nov 30, 2022 02:58 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
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People can say whatever they like. There will always be someone unhappy about something,

Nov 30, 2022 12:55 PM
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Roy Kelley
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I am happy with either and I use both.

Nov 30, 2022 11:39 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
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No and no. IMO anyone who WOULD be bothered by words of cheer are their own problem. 
I'm not even bothered by the terminally offended these days . . . they can go  and be pathetic out of my orbit.

Nov 30, 2022 06:59 AM
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Kevin J. May
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There will be 100 more things added to my "Bothersome" list before this becomes a twinkle in my eye. Either or makes no difference here RealMan.

Nov 30, 2022 02:23 PM