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Beautiful, Caz! And by the way. Merry Christmas to all the tossers out there!
Yes...it is a heap of bloody rubbish.Believe I've mentioned it before, this notion of "happy holdays". What utter crap and double speak.
I have never met a person who was offended by a simple "Merry Christmas" at this time of year. Never. I do not believe such a person exists. The suggestion that the word "Christmas" cannot be used for fear of offending non-Christians is highly offensive. It is insulting and frankly I'm sick of this annual insult from the retailers and media.I wish you all a very merry Christmas.
Ah Geoff, the "happy holidays" greeting has become entrenched in the US from many a year ago now. Haven't you noticed it in films and television shows? It's quite prevalent; it's more the norm than the exception. Don't forget that we follow US trends about 10 years later. It's already creeping in here, or rather, landing with a thud. Note the number of schools banning nativity scenes and one even banned traditional Xmas songs this year - at a primary school in Melbourne. Along with shopping centres that have done the same, that is, they won't play traditional Xmas music (although, in some regards, one can understand!).This trend has already infiltrated our shores and is picking up pace. BTW - I do know a number of Jewish folk who would / are offended at people wishing them a merry Xmas, or giving them Xmas presents. (I'm not suggesting this is wide spread; I only know a small number of Jewish people.)Not all Christian religions celebrate Xmas either, and I also know such folk who avoid the whole Christmas thing and find it a tad offensive when others try to force them into the "celebrations", against their personal beliefs.It's not only atheists who shun Xmas, many religious folk do too!I don't think people take "offense", so much as it being that the neutering of Christmas (will it be Easter next?) has become the latest politically-correct act of social homogenization to be inflicted on predominantly traditionally Christian countries.