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Question: What greeting do you use this time of year?
"Happy Holidays" - 3 (11.5%)
"Happy Thanksgiving" until Thursday then "Merry Christmas" - 4 (15.4%)
"Merry Christmas/Happy Christmas" - 6 (23.1%)
"Merry CHristmas" If I know them, "Happy Holidays" if I don't know what Holidays they celebrate - 3 (11.5%)
Other/None of the above - 10 (38.5%)
Total Voters: 26

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« on: November 23, 2009, 10:03:09 PM »

What holiday greetings do you use? I've always used Happy Holidays when speaking to someone I don't know, and specific greetings if I know what holidays the person celebrates.
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2009, 10:05:52 PM »

"Hello."
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2009, 10:12:58 PM »

"Hello"  rofl... good answer.

If I must say something beyond hi, I just say whatever seems like the best fit. If I know the person is a practicing Christian I usually say Merry Christmas. Otherwise I say happy holidays. It's not a big deal to me either way.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2009, 10:25:22 PM »

Greetings on the impending remembrance of the Most Holy Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ who loosed us from the bonds of sin and death. And yes, I'll take paper, not plastic. Halleluah.
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2009, 10:26:05 PM »

I say "Merry Christmas," but only after Dec 25.  Up until then, I just say "Hello".

Honestly, the only people I have ever seen upset about my choice of greeting are a) "Christians" with a guilt complex or b) evangelical atheists who hate fun.  Heck, even the practicing Jewish attorneys @ my law firm say "Merry Christmas" to people.
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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2009, 11:23:43 PM »

Can a "None of the Above" option be added?
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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2009, 11:27:02 PM »

Can a "None of the Above" option be added?
I tried to but don't know how
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2009, 11:31:58 PM »

Can a "None of the Above" option be added?
I tried to but don't know how
The Mods will have to add this since the period of modifying the post has expired.
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2009, 11:32:15 PM »

Closer to the actual time, people here wish each other a Happy/Merry Christmas. It was the case in NZ, too.
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2009, 11:38:27 PM »

There are holidays coming up? That's usually the farthest thing from my mind.
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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2009, 12:10:35 AM »


Happy Turkey Day! ( Thanksgiving if I'm in the mood to be respectful )

Christ is Born! ( for Nativity Feast week )

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« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2009, 12:24:59 AM »

Greetings on the impending remembrance of the Most Holy Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ who loosed us from the bonds of sin and death. And yes, I'll take paper, not plastic. Halleluah.
LOL! Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2009, 01:04:11 AM »

Greetings on the impending remembrance of the Most Holy Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ who loosed us from the bonds of sin and death. And yes, I'll take paper, not plastic. Halleluah.

LMAO!!!!  well played sir, well played. 
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« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2009, 08:43:17 AM »

Can a "None of the Above" option be added?
I tried to but don't know how
Done.
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« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2009, 01:54:04 PM »

Can a "None of the Above" option be added?
I tried to but don't know how
Done.

Thank You.   Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2009, 01:57:09 PM »

Right now I say "Hello". LOL. But after Thanksgiving I will probably start saying, "Merry Christmas".
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« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2009, 02:13:42 PM »


In the "secular world":
I would "greet" folks right now with a Hello.  In parting, I would wish them a Happy Thanksgiving.
After Thanksgiving, I would still greet them with a Hello, and upon parting wish them to "have a Merry Christmas."

I even wish Merry Christmas to the Muslims and Hindu's I work with.  It's their loss that they don't celebrate.  We know each other well enough that they don't get offended.  In fact, they most likely would be offended and feel excluded if we completely ignored them.
 
However, at the "potluck"...which being the lone female, I had to organize;  I was forbidden from making it a Christmas Potluck, or hang any "Christmas" specific decorations.  So, it's our "annual" potluck....where I just happen to string lights and put up ornaments, etc.....and print of holiday traditions from across the world...and play Christmas carols, I mean, Seasonal songs.....  Wink

At church and with my friends:
On Christmas/Rizdvo (Jan. 7) I would greet them with a "Christ is born/Christos Rodivsia!" and reply with "Glorify Him/Clavimo Yoho!" - through Theophany.  Then the greeting would be "Christ is baptized" and the reply: "in the River Jordan".



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« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2009, 04:28:10 PM »

Greetings on the impending remembrance of the Most Holy Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ who loosed us from the bonds of sin and death. And yes, I'll take paper, not plastic. Halleluah.

This just overflows with Awesomeness!!!!  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2009, 05:27:49 PM »

Xristos gennitai!

If they ask what it means, I tell them to shut the hell up and learn Greek.  Friggin' philistines! Wink
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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2009, 11:54:25 PM »

After Thanksgiving, I say "Have a Merry Christmas," if know the person is a Christian, practicing or not.  If their Jewish, I say, "enjoy the holidays."  From Christmas Eve through the day before New Years Eve, I say Merry Christmas; Happy New Year thereafter, thoughout most of January.

Although admittedly, I'm not following it, Orthodox should be celebrating Christmas on Christmas Day, for the 12 consecutive days, greeting eachother with "Christ is in our midst," with a reply, "He Is and always shall be."  I've noticed Orthodox Slavs practice this tradition, Greeks, at least in America, don't currently.
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« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2009, 01:29:15 AM »

'On this most blessed solstice and yuletide may we give thanks to our father Odin and venerate the most blessed and life giving mother goddess.' Wink

But seriously, I greet and leave everyone like I do every day of the year, truth be told I never got the idea of emphasizing certain days of the year over others. Though if someone give me a religion/cultural/seasonal greeting, I'll return it in the same manner. These superstitious holidays may not mean anything to me, but if it does it for them what's the harm?
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« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2009, 09:13:22 AM »

As a minor point: Although being from the US, I tend to say "Happy Christmas" instead of "Merry Christmas" as I associate the word 'merry' with "Eat, drink, and be merry" and so consider connotations of excess with the word. I don't go out of my way to say "Have a happy Christmas" as I think the "Happy Christmas!" exclamation clearly implies the future subjunctive tense and mood.  (Which is quite different from being intensely moody, eh?  Roll Eyes )

However, I do say, "Christ is born! Glorify Him!" from Nativity to the end of the Twelve Days, which I am also keen to point out to people do not end with "Christmas" but begin with the Feast of the Nativity itself. Thus proving myself an active member of Curmudgeons of the World Local Council 4513, I also make a point of telling people why I am declining the invitations to "Christmas parties" before the Feast (which invitations, admittedly, are becoming fewer and fewer as the years pass).  angel
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« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2009, 12:37:46 PM »

Christmas carols, that's what!

To be honest, I don't enjoy holidays. Always the same. I only get to hear some special wishes (more like blessings) from a few Christians. Like "May we find the newborn Christ in ourselves.", I liked that one.
But to avoid being called a "grumpy", I throw out a "Merry Christmas".

Thanks to Bogoliubtsy though, there might be a slight change this year, hehe... Grin
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« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2009, 12:44:52 PM »

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Repeating...

Greetings on the impending remembrance of the Most Holy Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ who loosed us from the bonds of sin and death. And yes, I'll take paper, not plastic. Halleluah.

Greetings on the impending remembrance of the Most Holy Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ who loosed us from the bonds of sin and death. And yes, I'll take paper, not plastic. Halleluah.

I've memorized:  Greetings on the impending remembrance of the Most Holy Nativity of our Lord.

Still have a ways to go, though!  I don't celebrate until January 7th...so, I still have some time to memorize and use the entire greeting correctly!



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« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2009, 12:47:38 PM »

I tend to part with Merry Christmas.  Even the GO buses around here say Merry Christmas on them.  Tongue  And the fancy buses even have a tiny holly graphic.
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« Reply #25 on: December 01, 2009, 04:29:45 PM »

'On this most blessed solstice and yuletide may we give thanks to our father Odin and venerate the most blessed and life giving mother goddess.' Wink

But seriously, I greet and leave everyone like I do every day of the year, truth be told I never got the idea of emphasizing certain days of the year over others. Though if someone give me a religion/cultural/seasonal greeting, I'll return it in the same manner. These superstitious holidays may not mean anything to me, but if it does it for them what's the harm?
You don't appreciate the rythm that special days give to society? I think we most certainly need to set aside days for rejoicing and feast as an organic whole. I think its healthy.
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« Reply #26 on: December 01, 2009, 05:01:35 PM »

'On this most blessed solstice and yuletide may we give thanks to our father Odin and venerate the most blessed and life giving mother goddess.' Wink

But seriously, I greet and leave everyone like I do every day of the year, truth be told I never got the idea of emphasizing certain days of the year over others. Though if someone give me a religion/cultural/seasonal greeting, I'll return it in the same manner. These superstitious holidays may not mean anything to me, but if it does it for them what's the harm?
You don't appreciate the rythm that special days give to society? I think we most certainly need to set aside days for rejoicing and feast as an organic whole. I think its healthy.

To be honest, I've never really liked the holidays, I mean, I liked getting presents when young, but Easter and Thanksgiving were always boring. They're times of year when you're compelled by social norms to talk to and spend time with those members of your family you don't really like and who don't really like you. They're generally quite phony occasions only made barely tolerable by a bottle of something highly flammable and only semi-poisonous. But, other than that, they're great! Wink
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« Reply #27 on: December 01, 2009, 05:09:28 PM »

'On this most blessed solstice and yuletide may we give thanks to our father Odin and venerate the most blessed and life giving mother goddess.' Wink

But seriously, I greet and leave everyone like I do every day of the year, truth be told I never got the idea of emphasizing certain days of the year over others. Though if someone give me a religion/cultural/seasonal greeting, I'll return it in the same manner. These superstitious holidays may not mean anything to me, but if it does it for them what's the harm?
You don't appreciate the rythm that special days give to society? I think we most certainly need to set aside days for rejoicing and feast as an organic whole. I think its healthy.

To be honest, I've never really liked the holidays, I mean, I liked getting presents when young, but Easter and Thanksgiving were always boring. They're times of year when you're compelled by social norms to talk to and spend time with those members of your family you don't really like and who don't really like you. They're generally quite phony occasions only made barely tolerable by a bottle of something highly flammable and only semi-poisonous. But, other than that, they're great! Wink
LOL. I guess you can take the highly cynical view. But I always think its dangerous for a person to set themselves completely above all of the "norms" of the human race. Clearly we need to outgrow some things. However, it seems other "norms" are part of the human experience.
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