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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry what?

Jamie and I were just discussing "Merry Christmas" versus "Happy Holidays." We agreed that "Happy Holidays" isn't offensive, as this season does include many holidays. What is offensive is corporate policies against saying "Merry Christmas."

Jamie was relaying what could be for many a bit of a dilemma she faced with the terminology to use when presenting a gift to a Hindu coworker from India. The coworker actually said "Merry Christmas," presumably because he recognizes that in our culture, that's the appropriate greeting accompanying this holiday.

All of that lead to this question: When in a country like Saudi Arabia, what is the appropriate greeting with their big holiday? Do they say, "Merry Ramadan?" And would Christians - particularly those offended by anyone of any other religious belief NOT saying "Merry Christmas" - use that greeting when immersed in that culture?

I know, it's a stupid question, but it's the kind of thing we discuss and ponder on a three-and-half-hour-long drive.

Merry Christmas!


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12/25/2008 11:04 AM  
Blogger steveegg declared,

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

12/25/2008 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

We christians proclaim to others Christ's birth by saying: "Merry Christmas!"

12/28/2008 5:15 PM  

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