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Political Christmas Correctness

Posted December 24th, 2011 at 02:37 PM by Hiroshi Sotomura

I refuse to change my stance on using the term "Christmas", but I'd like to hear it from the general community.

What do you think of the very American behaviour of trying to be politically correct, where most companies and corporations dodge the word "Christmas", using terms like "Happy Holidays", and what do you think of the PokéCommunity using the term "Christmas"?

It does not happen where I happen to live, where shopping centres, companies, supermarkets, etc. are more than happy to refer to Christmas as Christmas. As you can see, there's a bit of a cultural difference here.
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    Mr Cat Dog's Avatar
    It's definitely a cultural thing. In the UK, at least, no one would say 'Happy Holidays'; it'd either be 'Merry Christmas' or nothing at all (if, for example, you were in a mainly Muslim neighbourhood or something similar). I like that PC says Merry Christmas, as it seems like a large proportion of the forum's populace do celebrate it some way or another - whether religious, secular or a mixture of both. If the forum populace were, say, Jewish or something, it might not be as appropriate, but given the current make-up of PC, I don't see anything wrong with it.
    Posted December 24th, 2011 at 02:41 PM by Mr Cat Dog Mr Cat Dog is offline
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    Yoshikko's Avatar
    I don't think it should really matter that much actually! Other than that it has been like that for ages, it's also just a name and whether it's called this or that, it's still the same holiday. Idk and I can understand why people would avoid using it but I don't really see that big of a deal with it.
    Posted December 24th, 2011 at 02:41 PM by Yoshikko Yoshikko is offline
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    vaporeon7's Avatar
    I say 'have a merry Christmas' to my customers when I am serving them and I think everyone of them said it back.
    Posted December 24th, 2011 at 02:41 PM by vaporeon7 vaporeon7 is offline
  4. Old Comment
    Amachi's Avatar
    It's part of the cultural war on Christianity, that's all really. Every other faith has some state approved status in the US, but not Christianity.

    To demonstrate it clearly, each year a giant menorah is erected on the front lawns of the White House. No such privilege is afforded to Christianity.

    Posted December 24th, 2011 at 02:42 PM by Amachi Amachi is offline
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    Hiidoran's Avatar
    Haha, it's more so that corporations can cash in on more than just those shopping for Christmas. I don't see it as America itself trying to be politically correct, so much as I see it as an economic advantage to attract customers of all backgrounds to come spend their money. Which is, where you happen to see this the most.

    lol Amachi
    Posted December 24th, 2011 at 02:50 PM by Hiidoran Hiidoran is offline
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    If people get their panties in a bunch because you're wishing them a merry Christmas, then that is their cross to bear.
    Posted December 24th, 2011 at 02:59 PM by
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    Kura's Avatar
    How about people shouldn't get offended if someone wishes them a Merry Christmas because it is the same exact thing as meaning kindest regards. To get offended over that is pretty rude, IMO. Some people should get off their high horse and realize they're not entitled to special treatment or to be singled out. Political Correctness occurs when you are trying not to be rude.. and there is nothing rude about wishing someone good tidings.

    If I said "Have a good Thor's Day" it would be silly for a Christian to get offended. They know I am referring to a day of the week (Thursday,) and just because they use a different term it really shouldn't override the sentiments.
    Posted December 24th, 2011 at 03:49 PM by Kura Kura is offline
    Updated December 24th, 2011 at 06:07 PM by Kura (typoed)
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    FreakyLocz14's Avatar
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kura View Comment
    How about people shouldn't get offended if someone wishes them a Merry Christmas because it is the same exact thing as meaning kindest regards. To get offended over that is pretty rude, IMO. Some people should get off their high horse and realize they're not entitled to special treatment or to be singled out. Political Correctness occurs when you are not trying to be rude.. and there is nothing rude about wishing someone good tidings.

    If I said "Have a good Thor's Day" it would be silly for a Christian to get offended. They know I am referring to a day of the week (Thursday,) and just because they use a different term it really shouldn't override the sentiments.
    You took the words right out of my mouth.
    Posted December 24th, 2011 at 05:00 PM by FreakyLocz14 FreakyLocz14 is offline
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    Stormbringer's Avatar
    I really do not care, haha.
    Posted December 24th, 2011 at 05:18 PM by Stormbringer Stormbringer is offline
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    Spinor's Avatar
    The word "Christmas" is extremely ambiguous. On one hand, it's simply a day that represents winter festivities, presents, Santa Clause, and pretty much family time. On the other hand, as it 'should be', it's the celebration of the alleged birth of the Christian messiah and its projected traditions to the modern day. Ironically, to many Christians and especially the younger, the former definition is in mind, whereas to nonchristians, the latter definition stands out.

    which is why there is so much damn butthurt over whether to use the word 'Christmas'. It's just like the word 'holocaust', if an author tries to use that word in the general sense, you're going to get some butthurt Jews and Germans.

    I personally find the Christian stance much weaker, as it's mostly argument from tradition. Unfortunately, the number of Christians present invokes a strong bandwagon desire. All of which is completely irrational.

    So from a logical point of view, it would be irrational to use Christmas. But hey, you're pretty much the admin. You can pretty much choose to ignore and ban over butthurt.

    But my stance isn't political correctness, my stance is logical correctness.
    Posted December 24th, 2011 at 05:25 PM by Spinor Spinor is offline
    Updated December 24th, 2011 at 05:30 PM by Spinor
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    Ivysaur's Avatar
    Here in Spain the word "Christmas" doesn't inclue"Christ", so everybody uses it as a way to name this specific time of the year, regardless of your beliefs.
    Posted December 25th, 2011 at 01:38 AM by Ivysaur Ivysaur is offline
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    donavannj's Avatar
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    Originally Posted by Hiidoran View Comment
    Haha, it's more so that corporations can cash in on more than just those shopping for Christmas. I don't see it as America itself trying to be politically correct, so much as I see it as an economic advantage to attract customers of all backgrounds to come spend their money. Which is, where you happen to see this the most.
    This 100%.

    Also Ray's just jealous that Jews are so cool.

    Part of that sentence above is true, part of it is a joke. Figure out which is which.
    Posted December 25th, 2011 at 12:16 PM by donavannj donavannj is offline
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    Esper's Avatar
    It's kinda respectful to people who don't celebrate Christmas so that just seems like an added bonus rather than a reason for doing it in the first place, which seems to be what everyone thinks it is. I always grew up hearing "happy holidays" so that's normal to me and not something I'd choose to say instead of "merry Christmas."
    Posted December 25th, 2011 at 12:27 PM by Esper Esper is offline
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    Kip's Avatar
    Saying "Happy Holidays" to anyone in the UK is the quickest way to lose friends.

    That and "Have a nice day". *shudders*
    Posted December 25th, 2011 at 12:50 PM by Kip Kip is offline
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    Miss Doronjo's Avatar
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Live_Wire466 View Comment
    I really do not care, haha.
    This basically; I just don't think about it at all.
    Posted December 25th, 2011 at 06:06 PM by Miss Doronjo Miss Doronjo is offline
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    Twiggy's Avatar
    I think I would have preferred "Merry Christmas" staying as is. "Happy Holidays" sounds a bit... out-of-place. And no one here uses the latter... XD
    Posted December 30th, 2011 at 11:51 PM by Twiggy Twiggy is offline
 

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