Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Dec 2007 20:24 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes From the OSNews team, we'd like to wish everyone a merry Christmas (it's Christmas Eve in my country already), or a happy whatever other holiday you might celebrate; it so happens that Hanukkah and Eid ul-Adha have already passed, so my best wishes are in retrospect if you practice the Jewish or Muslim religion. These matters are always like tight-rope walking on the internet, but I'd like to say one thing: please, emphasize not our differences, but celebrate our similarities. And yes, even if you are not religious (like myself), I'd still like to wish you very happy holidays. Enjoy the food, but realise this.
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by PLan on Mon 24th Dec 2007 21:34 UTC
PLan
Member since:
2006-01-10

>These matters are always like tight-rope walking on the internet

From all I've heard (and watched on US TV) it's only a tightrope in the US. Here in the UK it's ¨Merry Christmas¨ (not politically correct nonsense like ¨Happy Holidays¨), like it or lump it.

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by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 24th Dec 2007 21:36 in reply to "US Slant ..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

From all I've heard (and watched on US TV) it's only a tightrope in the US. Here in the UK it's �Merry Christmas� (not politically correct nonsense like �Happy Holidays�), like it or lump it.


I wasn't referring to that bit - I was referring to the religions thing in general.

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by memson on Wed 26th Dec 2007 00:44 in reply to "RE: US Slant ..."
memson Member since:
2006-01-01

In the UK, there is no real thust to using a non offensive and 'pc' term.

Besides, 'holiday' means something different here anyway. Your holiday is your 'annual leave' or what you would call 'vacation' in the US. We refer to Christmas as just that, or to be pedantic maybe 'Christmas holiday'. We do the same with Easter too. We'd therefore need to say 'Happy Christmas holiday' to get the same meaning. To a Brit, 'happy holidays' sounds really false and meaningless.

Good Yule to all, anyway!

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by kernelpanicked on Mon 24th Dec 2007 22:08 in reply to "US Slant ..."
kernelpanicked Member since:
2006-02-01

Finally something I can agree with the UK'ers on. Personally, there is one single meaning to Christmas, CHRIST, that's why his name gets top billing for the season you know.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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by BurningShadow on Tue 25th Dec 2007 00:18 in reply to "RE: US Slant ..."
BurningShadow Member since:
2006-09-07

Personally, there is one single meaning to Christmas, CHRIST, that's why his name gets top billing for the season you know.

Christmas got nothing to do with christianity, and I can't believe that you really don't know that...

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by Almafeta on Mon 24th Dec 2007 23:19 in reply to "US Slant ..."
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

(not politically correct nonsense like �Happy Holidays�)


Uhm... even if you ignore every other religion's holidays around this time, "Happy Holidays" is also a way of saying "Happy New Year" too, the origin of the phrase... ^_^;

Myself, I'm a happy pagan, and I don't mind Christians who also celebratate my holiday -- it's the day to celebrate selflessness, charity, and goodwill towards others, after all. :>

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by kaiwai on Tue 25th Dec 2007 03:09 in reply to "RE: US Slant ..."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Uhm... even if you ignore every other religion's holidays around this time, "Happy Holidays" is also a way of saying "Happy New Year" too, the origin of the phrase... ^_^;


The issue is that there is a group of people who are constantly in the mode of "ooh, I better ensure that so-and-so doesn't feel left out by saying 'Christmas'" - for me, I'm not a Christian, but I certainly don't feel offended if someone says 'Merry Christmas' and I say 'Merry Christmas'.

PS. Side note the person raising about Christmas, yes, we know it was a 'dart board' guess in regards to Jesus's birth but I think that the birth, rather than the day it actually occurs on, is the more important thing to consider. Trivialities such as 'is this the right day' simply serve to distract.

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