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Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

Updated on November 24, 2014

Why can't we say Merry Christmas?

So they say we can't say "Merry Christmas" because it isn't respecting the other religions that have celebrations. Does Merry Christmas stop someone from saying Happy Kwanzaa or Happy Hanukkah? NOT AT ALL!

A person should rightfully wish someone else their own celebration. If I tell someone "Merry Christmas" but they celebrate Hanukkah, I would be glad if someone wishes me a Happy Hanukkah. Canada and the United States have agreed to accept people from other countries and other religions so those people should understand that the majority do celebrate Christmas.

It's like going into someone's house for a week and saying they can't eat meat because you are a vegetarian. Beliefs are personal and there is no need to force someone to say or do something that is against their beliefs.

Constitution says that everyone has the right to their own religion and their beliefs.

So saying that someone can't say Merry Christmas is going against Constitution and against basic human rights.

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Of course we must respect those who do not celebrate Christmas but we shouldn't have to shut down our lives for those people.

If you prefer not to say anything at all, nobody says you have to.

People should be free to say what they want.


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    • Breanne Ginsburg profile image

      Breanne Ginsburg 3 years ago


    • Ashley CathcartM profile image

      Ashley Cathcart-McKinnon 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario

      Ive had people wish me "Happy Hannukah" and I was glad because people show their personal beliefs

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      Breanne Ginsburg 3 years ago

      You raise an interesting point. I think that if you know someone celebrates another holiday besides Christmas, then you should wish them that but that they shouldn't get mad if you say 'Merry Christmas' instead. Also, I think it's okay to say Merry Christmas if you don't know for sure because as you said, most people celebrate Christmas. A person should just be happy that you're thinking of them during the holidays.