Catholic FAQ


Latest Threads
newest posts



Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Ask an Apologist
 

Welcome to Catholic Answers Forums, the largest Catholic Community on the Web.

Here you can join over 400,000 members from around the world discussing all things Catholic. Membership is open to all, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who seek the Truth with Charity.

To gain full access, you must register for a FREE account. Registered members are able to:
  • Submit questions about the faith to experts from Catholic Answers
  • Participate in all forum discussions
  • Communicate privately with Catholics from around the world
  • Plus join a prayer group, read with the Book Club, and much more.
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free. So join our community today!

Have a question about registration or your account log-in? Just contact our Support Hotline.

 
 
Thread Tools Search Thread Display
  #1  
Old Nov 16, '12, 12:39 pm
wifeofcali wifeofcali is offline
Observing Member
 
Join Date: May 14, 2008
Posts: 3
Religion: Catholic
Default What do I do when people wish me "Happy Holidays"?

We're getting to that time of year where instead of hearing "Merry Christmas" we'll hear "Happy Holidays." When I tell people, I prefer to be wished a "Merry Christmas" the onus is put on me because it's my problem I was (as they say) offended. What I want to explain to them is that there is a reason for the season, that a baby born years ago in a stable would save people from their sins and that, yes, at the very moment of his holy birth was God putting his plan of salvation into action. Can I go so far as to show that the Hanukkah story doesn't even exist in the Protestant Bible since Maccabees is not included? Am I really a grinch for refusing to believe that holidays such as Kwanzaa or Hanukkah have the same meaning to the people who celebrate them? Do I dare point out that Hanukkah, lovely as it is, does not have the same level of importance as to most Jews I know as Passover does? How can I defend my position and still be polite, or has it really come down to having to accept "Happy Holidays"?

Last edited by Michelle Arnold; Nov 16, '12 at 5:43 pm.
  #2  
Old Nov 16, '12, 5:48 pm
Michelle Arnold's Avatar
Michelle Arnold Michelle Arnold is offline
Catholic Answers Apologist
 
Join Date: May 3, 2004
Posts: 4,941
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: What do I do when people wish me "Happy Holidays"?

Who is this who is wishing you "Happy Holidays"? Your boss? Co-workers? Friends? Family? The supermarket check-out clerk? This matters because you need to tailor your response to the situation. Lecturing your boss or co-workers, or holding up the check-out line, or denigrating Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to friends and family is going to be perceived by them to be far more offensive than any feeling of insult you have experienced. Unless you happen to find yourself in the midst of a speculative conversation on the secularization of culture and are able to take a turn at bat, or unless you have a blog and want to write an article explaining your feelings to your readership, it really is best to respond to "Happy Holidays" with a smile, a thank-you, and a return greeting. If you can do so without sounding sarcastic, you might make your return greeting a joyful "Merry Christmas!"
 

Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Ask an Apologist

Bookmarks

Tags
christmas, merry christmas

Thread Tools Search Thread
Search Thread:

Advanced Search
Display

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump



Prayer Intentions

Most Active Groups
8569Meet and talk,talk talk
Last by: Kellyreneeomara
5241CAF Prayer Warriors Support Group
Last by: UpUpAndAway
4436Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother
Last by: DesertSister62
4037OCD/Scrupulosity Group
Last by: eschator83
3893Let's empty Purgatory
Last by: RJB
3876SOLITUDE
Last by: tuscany
3461Petitions Before the Blessed Sacrament
Last by: Amiciel
3318Poems and Reflections
Last by: PathWalker
3237Catholic Vegetarians & Vegans
Last by: 4elise
3171For seniors and shut- ins
Last by: eschator83



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 3:23 pm.

Home RSS Feeds - Home - Archive - Top

Copyright © 2004-2014, Catholic Answers.