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  1. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
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    December 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm
    Link: If Someone Wishes You.... - There`s an easy answer.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    December 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm
    (NOTE: This message was NOT approved by the ACLU, NAACP, GLADD, CAIR, SPLC, NEA, AFL-CIO, SEIU, ACORN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, George Soros, the Democratic Party, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, any Democrat appointees to the Supreme Court, or the Obama Administration.)
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    FoSchizle Male 18-29
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    December 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    Spot on. Both sides of the Merry Christmas debate are wrong. Christians shouldn`t be pissed when someone says happy holidays, and atheists shouldn`t be pissed when they`re told Merry Christmas. It`s just two words of well wishing. That said, if you know someone is X religion (or none of the above), make an effort to say the right greeting.
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    scheckydamon Male 60-69
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    December 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    We hear ya Ollie but it`s a nice thought, don`t you think?
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    December 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm
    @OldOllie

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    Runemang Male 30-39
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    December 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm
    Ooooooooooookay, Sssssssssssssseriously?
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
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    December 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm
    Ollie & Megrendel, D`awwwwww Happy Festivus you two!


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    McDuff73 Male 30-39
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    December 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm
    seems the point of the post sailed right past oldollie
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    Listypoos Male 40-49
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    December 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm
    "Christians shouldn`t be pissed when someone says happy holidays, and atheists shouldn`t be pissed when they`re told Merry Christmas."

    I didn`t know it was atheists that got pissed at the word Christmas, I (wrongly obviously) assumed it was other religions because I`ve never heard an atheist being the one complaining about it.....I`ve been an atheist all my life, even when I believed in the tooth fairy I didn`t believe in God, but I`ve never had a problem with the word Christmas.....who would? It`s a magical word because it conjures up so many great family memories for lots of us, from being kids soo excited about father christmas coming to our houses to being parents ourselves and understanding how much our own parents put into making it special for us and wanting to do the same for our own kids to make those magical memories stick.


    Merry Christmas one and all.
  10. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    December 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm
    Obviously, the point of my post sailed way over the head of McDuff.

    But Merry Christmas to you, anyway.
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    December 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm
    Nice one Ollie I got it
    and Im a little village Blighty boy
    Merry Christmas to you sir
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    December 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm
    @Listypoos, maybe it`s not a problem over there, but here there is a small but vocal minority of atheists who are complete flaming @$$holes. They claim to be offended by any expression of Christianity. (They never seem to have a problem with Islam--that or they`re too cowardly to say anything about it for fear of being killed.)

    They file thousands of lawsuits to get any mention of Christmas or Christianity banished from the public square. It has become so pervasive, it has been named the "War on Christmas." Some examples include:

    Banning Christmas plays, carols, gifts, cards, trees, decorations, or saying "Merry Christmas" in public schools.

    Banning Christmas decorations on public property.

    Pressuring stores to forbid their employees from saying "Merry Christmas" to customers.

    Forbidding any mention of God at public events.

    Many local governments give in because they can`t afford to fight.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    December 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm
    Merry Christmas to you, too, ferdyfred, and best wishes for the coming New Year! :-)
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    December 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm
    Now THIS is a post I can get behind.
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    Magentab0b Female 30-39
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    December 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm
    Happy Crimbo.
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    Zuriel Male 30-39
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    December 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm
    words are just words without emotion. 95% of the time when a stranger (or sometimes someone you know) wishes someone a merry xmas they`re just going through the motions.

    other sayings stranger say without emotion include "have a good one" "take care" "good luck".

    know and learn the difference, it could save your life one day
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    Frishy Male 30-39
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    December 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm
    Get bent. Why can`t people be respectful of someone`s right not to celebrate that crap?
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    December 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm
    It has become so pervasive, it has been named the "War on Christmas."

    Ah, the mythical war on Christmas. So beloved of people desperately seeking to portray themselves as victims in order to get more power. They`re trying to pretend the same thing over here, too. It`s usually either completely fictitious or an outrage at not being able to force other people to support their religion.

    The intention of these phrases is usually meaningless, anyway. Many things are just said because they`re expected, not because they mean anything. "How are you?" is a good example. If you pretend to think it means something and actually answer the question, it usually freaks people out because that phrase (and many others) is just noises people make, devoid of actual meaning.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    December 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    War on Christmas - I love hearing Christians whine about losing control of a holiday they stole.

    It`s not the atheists, we love Christmas! FUN! It`s the religious fanatics like Jehova`s Witnesses who don`t celebrate ya have to worry about. Meanwhile, happy Christmas and pass the egg nog.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    December 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm
    @LordJim: Nice post! Too bad the usual bickering has broken out...
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    maddux32 Male 30-39
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    December 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm
    Nobody in this thread getting into the usual bickering will say anything smarter than this..."All of you are tools. Merry Christmas...bite me."
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    December 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm
    Gerry, we can agree that the vast majority of atheists, including you and me, have no problem wishing and being wished a Merry Christmas. However, there is a small group of pissed-off liberals who will not be content if they can`t boss people around and take their stuff.

    The JWs didn`t put up the anti-Christian billboard in Times Square, and they`re not the ones filing lawsuits by the thousands trying to force all forms of religious expression from public view.

    JWs may be annoying, but they`re mostly harmless. Intolerant liberal bigots aren`t.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    December 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    @ Old Ollie, I`m with you . I love Xmas. But if you give me underwear I`ll beat you with a 2x4! I want toys! This year I got Star Trek jammies! woo hoo. and I got an Insurrection 9" Kirk doll AUTOGRAPHED BY BILL SHATNER!!!

    He sneezed on it. I have his dna. Get me a healthy ovum and I can grow my own Bill Shatner!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    December 22, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    @ maddux32 - I`ll bite you where you like it best.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    December 22, 2013 at 11:20 pm
    But if you give me underwear I`ll beat you with a 2x4!
    I guess for me it would depend on whose underwear it was.
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    slut_etta Female 50-59
    3849 posts
    December 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm
    i`m an atheist and have nothing against wishing someone a Merry Christmas. i do have a problem however with the life sized nativity scene erected on town land which is lighted 24 hours/day and paid for with my tax dollars. truth be told, i wouldn`t mind it so much if i could be out of the closet, so to speak, with my atheism. but down here i`d probably be burned at the stake by these bible thumping hypocrites.
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7556 posts
    December 23, 2013 at 12:00 am
    I don`t know anyone who gets upset about a greeting except a few very nutty Christians I know- two are yanks and one from Oz- they go bloody loopy. So OF COURSE I wish them various other greetings. The rest of the world get wished ` a very Happy Christmas to you all`.
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    jfactor Male 18-29
    149 posts
    December 23, 2013 at 12:12 am
    I`m a christian and Christmas offends me. First off it`s overcommercialized and exploiting religion to make a profit is just plain wrong. Second, christ was born in July, not December.
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
    5611 posts
    December 23, 2013 at 5:23 am
    To say: "I wish you well" is to wish someone well.
    To tell someone "Merry Christmas" is to assume they celebrate Christmas.

    A person may thank you out of his western style of politeness but, to demand the recipient reciprocate is to force your religion on them.
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    irunfast86 Male 18-29
    404 posts
    December 23, 2013 at 6:44 am
    some people do make it a point to say merry christmas which comes off as confrontational
  31. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
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    December 23, 2013 at 8:17 am
    A merry Christmas to one and all.
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    DrCribbens Female 18-29
    103 posts
    December 23, 2013 at 9:39 am
    If this is the sort of thing that bothers you, you need more things to worry about in your life.
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    Atrayu4u Female 18-29
    1478 posts
    December 23, 2013 at 7:37 pm
    Someone told me "Happy Holidays" the other day. I was a little amused, but not in any way offended. I think it`s a hilariously silly thing to get offended over.
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    Stormith Female 18-29
    543 posts
    December 24, 2013 at 8:45 am
    Straight up I hate the holiday season. I`m atheist, I don`t celebrate any of the holidays, and yet the people around me always want to force me to. My family knows I`m non-religious and that I choose to not celebrate any religious holidays, and yet they insist on buying me gifts, christmas cookies, etc. I live on my own and whatnot so it`s probably because they`re "excited to see me"(I live 35 min away...), but it still bugs me.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    December 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm
    I don`t celebrate it either, but I don`t hate it. People sometimes get me cards. I treat it for what it means to them, which is usually nothing. They buy a pack of cards and send one to everyone at work or all their neighbours or whatever. No meaning at all. So I smile and all the usual social blather we do in response to meaningless stuff, because that`s how society works.

    My family sends me cards. I send them cards. I don`t care, but they do. So I send them cards. Not because I care about Christmas but because I care about them. I`d do the same if they cared about any random day of the year - it`s all the same to me.

    The only thing I do at Christmas is volunteer to work 12 hour shifts so someone who cares can have the time off. Not because I care about Christmas but because I care about my coworkers.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    December 24, 2013 at 6:38 pm
    So, I worked 1000-2200 today. Many people wished me "Merry Christmas" or somesuch thing. I said the same thing back. Why should I care? It doesn`t mean anything to me. If they said "Happy Wednesday" to me, I`d do the same. Maybe it matters to them, maybe they`re just making noises out of some sense of social behaviour. Either way, I may as well fit in.

    It used to bug me, but now I don`t care. It doesn`t intrude on my life enough for me to care about it, nor does it pose a potential future hazard to me.

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