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  1. 11 Dec '10 17:55 / 1 edit
    Why do Americans say happy holidays, when really they mean, Happy Christmas, are there other holidays which coincide with Christmas which i am unaware of? Is it simply to be politically correct, lest one offend the Zionists or the purely secularists? Why do Americans say Happy Holidays when they really mean, Happy Christmas.
  2. Subscriber no1marauder
    It's Nice to Be Nice
    11 Dec '10 17:58
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    Why do Americans say happy holidays, when really they mean, Happy Christmas, are there other holidays which coincide with Christmas which i am unaware of? Is it simply to be politically correct, lest one offend the Zionists or the purely secularists? Why do Americans say Happy Holidays when they really mean, Happy Christmas.
    New Year's Day is a legal holiday in the US.

    If people want to merely wish someone well for Christmas they can and very often do, say "Merry Christmas". I've never seen anyone get offended by being so addressed.
  3. 11 Dec '10 18:00 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    Why do Americans say happy holidays, when really they mean, Happy Christmas, are there other holidays which coincide with Christmas which i am unaware of? Is it simply to be politically correct, lest one offend the Zionists or the purely secularists? Why do Americans say Happy Holidays when they really mean, Happy Christmas.
    Most Americans say, "Merry Christmas". Often times though Happy holidays is said partially for our Jewish friends and the lumping in of New Years which is so close to Christmas.

    edit: sorry no1 I was typing while you posted. not trying to be redundant.
  4. 11 Dec '10 18:04 / 1 edit
    ok, thanks i really wondered about this, all the American sites on the net were saying like happy holidays, it made me wonder.
  5. 11 Dec '10 18:12 / 3 edits
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    Most Americans say, "Merry Christmas". Often times though Happy holidays is said partially for our Jewish friends and the lumping in of New Years which is so close to Christmas.

    edit: sorry no1 I was typing while you posted. not trying to be redundant.
    Happy holidays is said partially for our Jewish friends??? This to me appears to be pandering! its really pathetic to be honest, for no doubt many are happy to make money from the festival. Reminds me of those Mormon bankers that put the money up for Vegas while making profits from the casinos, convinced themselves that it was strictly business and they were not really involved with gambling at all. I realise that this post is now fairly controversial, but its how it appears to me.
  6. 11 Dec '10 18:22 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    Happy holidays is said partially for our Jewish friends??? This to me appears to be pandering! its really pathetic to be honest, for no doubt many are happy to make money from the festival. Reminds me of those Mormon bankers that put the money up for Vegas while making profits from the casinos, convinced themselves that it was strictly business and ...[text shortened]... ing at all. I realise that this post is now fairly controversial, but its how it appears to me.
    LOL! When I reread what I wrote it doesnt sound right.

    Personally,often times I am around Jewish People and I will just say happy holidays and vice versa. That takes in Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Years all in one shot.