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My Boss Told Me That I Am Not Allowed To Say "Merry Christmas" To Our Customers (Is This Legal?)

Updated on December 24, 2014
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EMUNAH LA-PAZ is an American author and film analysis for 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros, and Lionsgate.

Why Can't I Say Merry Christmas At Work?

Image of Office.
Image of Office. | Source

The Memo:

Memo Concerning Christmas Greetings.
Memo Concerning Christmas Greetings. | Source

I Can Say "Merry Christmas" If I Want ...Can't I?

I received an email from my boss stating that I was not allowed to say “Merry Christmas”to our clients. The letter went on to say that they did not want to offend our customers however, it is acceptable to say “Happy Holidays.”

Of course I had a problem with this memo so I took my complaint to my boss, in which she responded rather coldly. With no questions asked my boss told me that if I wanted to keep my job I should follow the rules of our company.

I am so fed up with the company that I work for! I work with people who swear on a daily basis, gossip on company time, and take extremely long cigarette breaks, and my boss does nothing about the situation. My boss behaves like a reckless irresponsible Scrooge!

Not to mention that one of the ladies I work with dresses like a satanic cult leader, she wears black every single day, the woman is depressing to look at.

Yet, my supervisor allows this woman to dress like Morticia and light strange candles at her cubical. This woman could be conducting a séance, but nobody seems to care.

Yet, I'm the one in trouble for wishing my clients “Merry Christmas.”

I even got in trouble for humming a Christmas song! Can you believe that? I can’t even hum anymore!

I don't believe my company should be allowed to enforce anti Christmas rule. I wonder, is it legal for my boss to reprimand me for wishing my clients, “Merry Christmas?”


That Does It! I'm Taking You All To Court!

Difficult employee sitting on a high chair looking down at others.
Difficult employee sitting on a high chair looking down at others. | Source

Does it Pay Off?

In some cases reported there are employees that have gotten fired from the work place for greeting their customers with “Merry Christmas” Some workers are deeply rooted in their belief and refuse to say “Happy Holidays”

Tonia Thomas from Pensacola Fla, claimed that she was fired for saying,” Merry Christmas” Ms. Thomas filed a federal complaint that accused the company of religious discrimination, asking for compensation of lost wages.

Thomas’s employer, disputed the claim saying that she was not fired for saying “Merry Christmas,” However they would not specify the true reason behind their actions.


In the end it does not pay off. Thomas found another job that did not pay as well as her former place of employment. Lawyers say, "The best option is just not to say anything at all."

Bah, humbug!

Have Faith!

Ornament of faith.
Ornament of faith. | Source


Dear Sophie,

how loud were you humming? Were you using your inside humming voice? I’m just asking because sometimes humming can get out hand.

Corporate lawyers say that your employer has the right to fire you. Some customers might not celebrate Christmas. This is a fair and unbiased reason. Your employer did state that you can say “Happy Holidays.” instead.

Sophie the truth of the matter is that you can’t control company rules. But you can control how you, conduct your personal life. Take honor in knowing what Christmas means to you, and hold that meaning dear to your heart. The key is to make sure that your joy is fully in tact. If your faith is challenged in a way that you must express your belief in an open forum you should acknowledge Christ, however to walk around voicing your belief like a clanging cymbal is not wise.

Who knows, maybe this year all of your clients will wish you a “Merry Christmas.”

1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Bible verse source, Bible Gateway.

Interesting Fact About The Word X-Mas

Few may know about the orfin of the word X-Mas:

Xmas is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas The "-mas" part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass, while the "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός which comes into English as "Christ".

Source Wikipedia

A 1922 Ladies' Home Journal advertisement using "Xmas".

A 1922 Ladies' Home Journal advertisement using "Xmas".
A 1922 Ladies' Home Journal advertisement using "Xmas". | Source

The Merry Christmas Poll.

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    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am born and raised at 7,000 ft. Up Flagstaff way. We are born to do what we do.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Mr. Eric you have a way with words. Very Well said. ( I love your Hubs By The way. Thought provoking articles! Simply amazing!)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is an amazing world. I personally love to "offend" whackos by wishing them peace, love and joy and of course Merry Christmas. Christmas is a day. It is a holiday. It is nowhere near even biblical. It is a celebration of life. Here is a fun one -- in communist Vietnam, Buddhists and nontheists and atheists wish a merry Christmas. In affluent homes gifts are exchanged. Regardless of government policy, it is just a good fun thing to celebrate. That is cool.

      On the Christian side, I need not remind anyone what Christ taught of the coin that had Caesar's image. I suggest strongly that you honor those that give you work. Legally, it would be just cause for immediate termination.