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Do you find the greeting “Merry Christmas” offensive?

Don’t say ‘Merry Christmas’, it might offend someone, says Whitehall guidance

Employees at the Department of Energy and Climate Change have received advice on keeping their festive greetings ‘politically correct’

Staff at a Government department have been urged to avoid writing the words “Merry Christmas” in seasonal email greetings to avoid upsetting anyone.

Instead, employees at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have reportedly been advised to stick to the more neutral term “Season’s Greetings”.

See the article in The Telegraph

What is happening to our traditions?  Is saying ‘Happy Holidays’ going to replace ‘Merry Christmas’?  Will Christmas be cancelled in years to come?  Is all this political correctness “tinsel-wrapped idiocy”?

Do you find the greeting "Merry Christmas" offensive?

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mountainman
6th Feb 2015
0
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I AM SICK OF HEARING THESE STUPID PC' REMARKS ,JUST BECAUSE A PARICULR SO CALLED RELIGION DOES NOT AGREE TO THIS GREETING IT OBJECTS AND OUR STUPID COUNCILS THEN REMOVE THEM , IF THEY DONT LIKE OUR CHRISTIAN BELIEFS THEN HARD LUCK WHY SHOULD WE AS A SOCIATY HAVE TO CHANGE TO ACCOMODATE THERE BELIEFS SURELY IT IS THEM TO ACEPT OUR WAYS AS THEY EXPECT US TO ACCEPT THERES
botaniste
31st Jan 2015
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I am not a Christian (actually a humanist) but I certainly am not offended by Happy (or merry) Christmas; nor by happy Eid nor any other such greeting. Whatever a person's religion they are surely not going to be upset by good wishes!
BevvyG
10th Jan 2015
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I noticed this year everyone seems to say 'Merry Christmas' which is fine with me.....but didn't we also used to say 'Happy Christmas' ...not 'Happy Holidays'.
lindz64
10th Jan 2015
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Have I missed something, or is there a minister somewhere in the bowels of the H of P thinking up ways to offend the indigenous British population? That is what it seems like to me because yes, I am offended that I'm being told it's offensive to say Merry Christmas, so I hope all Silver Surfers had a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and will do for years and years to come x
claireybell
3rd Jan 2015
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this makes me feel very annoyed, we do Christmas greetings in our house, thats the way we were brought up,and the way we want to stay. Happy Holidays is the way the Americans do it, and I for one do not want to change!!!!!!!!!!!
Patricia15
2nd Jan 2015
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I really do hope that 'Happy Holidays' doesn't become the greeting we use instead. Taking too many Americanisms to replace our own customs. Hallow e'en has become 'trick or treat' and the 'prom' replacing the leavers' ball for pupils leaving secondary schools.
lindz64
10th Jan 2015
4
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It will only become the greeting we use Patricia if we let it! I for one won't x
sallyanne
29th Dec 2014
4
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Why can some one tell me whats offensive about Merry Christmas the mind boggles ,Im sick to death of what we can say and cant say ,
Pappy
29th Dec 2014
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If saying Merry Christmas offends someone, then it is because they want to be offended. In truth, it is no more offensive than saying, "Happy Monday." Bu the same token, it is not offensive to call a white coffee white, a black sheep black, or a pink carnation pink. Which ever civil servant came up with this one had too much time on their hands.
John H Scadden
23rd Dec 2014
5
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It is Christmas and if that offends anyone that is there problem. They can always go and live somewhere else!
lindz64
10th Jan 2015
2
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Well said John, I couldn't agree more
bignelly
22nd Dec 2014
2
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its just something i was brought up with merry christmas normal to say
spiritbird
22nd Dec 2014
4
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It will soon be offensive to open your mouth and say anything. It has always been MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR. Some things are here to stay unlike petty ministers and politicians.
lancashire lass
22nd Dec 2014
7
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I find happy holidays more offensive it is not about holidays but about Christ from were we get the name Christmas, and is celebrated by most religions even if they are nonChristian.
valcollings
26th Dec 2014
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Baxi
22nd Dec 2014
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I agree Sharon Cottingham - what a rediculous statement for Whitehall to issue. GGGGrrrrrrrrr
madnad
22nd Dec 2014
6
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Why change things I was bought up saying merry christmas and will always say it regardless.
sharonCottingham
21st Dec 2014
7
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I agree with everyone else here and it's about time we got a government who stood up for us and what our nation has believed in for a long time!
Bazeley
21st Dec 2014
6
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Merry Christmas to everyone! That's one government department that are really entering into the spirit of Christmas!!!!
JollyB
21st Dec 2014
8
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I find it hard to understand why Christianity and its festivals are held up as offensive and yet all other forms of religion are greatly encouraged to show how tolerant we are in the UK?!
lindz64
10th Jan 2015
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I couldn't agree more JollyB, but wonder if it's the politically correct pen pushers in London who have a secret department for ways to offend us? Jobs for the boys!
Davidea
21st Dec 2014
8
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I find it offensive that 2% find Merry Christmas offensive.
Darcey
21st Dec 2014
8
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How could it be offensive, it is Christmas. Yes, we live in a Christian country so Christmas is a very special time. Also we have Santa Claus, (Father Christmas). He doesn't just come at any holiday time, he comes at Christmas. Therefore it is fine to say Merry Christmas to everyone.
Alastair Knox
21st Dec 2014
8
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Someone, somewhere in the bowels of government needs to realise that offence is an emotion and affects different people differently. As such, you cannot legislate for emotions because what I find offensive may not be offensive at all to anyone else. There is no right to not be offended in this world and no right for you to have expectations of others because they don't know what those expectations are. So shout MERRY CHRISTMAS; if one person is offended then that his/her problem, not ours.
mockturtle
21st Dec 2014
3
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First, Christmas is an objective fact. It is no more offensive to say "Merry Christmas" than it would be to say "Eid Mubarak" or "Happy Hanukkah".Second, I'd be happier with Seasons Greetings if there were an apostrophe after the "n" in the first word, in the Telegraph article and yours!!
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goldenbee
21st Dec 2014
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More government interference, this used to be the country of free speech now we are told we must not offend others, what others, this is our country and it is a Christian country. I am an agnostic but still wish everyone MERRY CHRISTMAS and love to all.
Archiebald
21st Dec 2014
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Thats a lovely sentiment goldenbee-MERRY CHRISTMAS to you as well!
lilianquinney
21st Dec 2014
4
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Stupid ! If anything the government are offending ours and their country, shame on you !!! you have offended too many times now , Time for you to go!!!
Globetrotter
21st Dec 2014
5
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I would like to meet the Whitehall moron who said this. He would then know what "offended" really meant and he would have the lumps to show for it. why do these people hate everything British and why are they still in a job? I would also like to meet the person who said they were offended and escort them on to the plane to whatever heathen country they come from.
Jaxkc
21st Dec 2014
6
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It is Christs birthday. What is offensive about that? We have to stop this happening in our country.
wendy5
21st Dec 2014
3
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British people are losing their identity. We need to standup for what we believe but also to be respectful to other with alternative beliefs.
DJSwaithe
21st Dec 2014
5
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I spent 32 years in the Royal Air Force with people from all nationalities and religous backgrounds and there was never a murmur about waht Christmas was all about. Those of a non-christian faith still took the same holiday periods off that I did with no complaints and normally joined in with the festive activities. We never questioned each others faith. It is only since the PC brigade took over that we have all this bad feeling with Christianity and what phrases to use and not use. 99% of other faiths are unconcerned with who prays to who. Get rid of the PC brigade and you get rid of the animosity. A merry Christmas to all.
nannie 50
21st Dec 2014
2
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I have always said or wrote Merry Christmas, and always will. Only time I do not say it if someone has lost a loved one in the year, it will not be Merry for them.
silkworm
21st Dec 2014
7
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It is Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Christ. This should offend no-one
RM23032
21st Dec 2014
4
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Is this or is this not a Christian Country. So whats the problem with Merry Christmas/Happy Christmas. Political correct idiots
rudgy
21st Dec 2014
9
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My answer is if people have a problem with it !Get over it .Fed up with all this political correctness.
JudithR
21st Dec 2014
1
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I would much prefer saying "Happy Christmas" to "Merry Christmas" but it is Christmas that we are celebrating on 25th December. I would be quite happy if as a nation we also together celebrated the religious holidays of the other Britains who live here but are not Christians but Muslims, Hindus or another religion but hands off Christmas! The word "Merry" to me infers the imbibing of too much alcohol not necessarily of having a "happy" time! So I raise my glass of wine to you all & say "Happy Christmas"
lancashire lass
22nd Dec 2014
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I prefer happy to merry for the same reason as you but it like blessed Christmas. Happy holidays, seasons greetings and all the other greetings that are deemed to be politically correct drive me nuts.
lymielady
21st Dec 2014
7
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Christmas is Christmas end of! We embrace & wish other faiths on their special days & I am sure most are happy to do likewise, in fact I used to have a client from Sudan I supported & he was always more than happy to join in at Christmas. There are many white British who have no faith but still want all the festivities, that's fine but please do not take the Christ out of a Christmas!
Lily
21st Dec 2014
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Jo Kingham
21st Dec 2014
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This makes me feel annoyed - what on earth is going on these days - it's just ridiculous how all of a sudden things are deemed inappropriate when we've been doing them since day dot... You wont catch me changing!
lindz64
10th Jan 2015
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Me neither Jo, well said!
Silverjan
21st Dec 2014
12
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I am sure nobody with other religious beliefs is offended by this. We are becoming a nation of wimps who see problems round every corner where none exist.
lymielady
21st Dec 2014
0
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I agree but I am sure more of those offended are from the atheist groups rather than other religions!
daydreams
21st Dec 2014
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Wilf
21st Dec 2014
7
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Thanks daydreams-sanity in a UK gone mad!
mikos
21st Dec 2014
3
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Bloody angry,the world is going nuts!
Wilf
21st Dec 2014
12
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I have to say this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read! What is wrong with Merry Christmas? Its the most wonderful time of the year. The bosses at the DECC must have gone mad or drunk to much eggnogg or mulled wine-perhapes thats it they are all too Merry!!!???

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