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Old 01-30-2013, 02:20 PM   #61
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When I was in college, I was walking through the cafeteria one December, and there was an Orthodox Jew standing next to a menorah. When I walked by, he saw me and wished me a happy Hanukkah. I was baffled because I couldn't understand why he would assume that I would celebrate Hanukkah, and also I felt uncomfortable. So I just said, "same to you" because I didn't know what else to say. I could imagine what a non-Christian thinks when someone says Merry Christmas. It is like saying to them, you must be like me!
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:41 PM   #62
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I hope you all stop saying "bless you" to someone who sneezes then
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:49 PM   #63
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I hope you all stop saying "bless you" to someone who sneezes then
What else can we say? Gesundheit (sp?) or salud?

ETA: I did see an atheist get upset when someone did that to him. He made a big stink about it.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:53 PM   #64
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What else can we say? Gesundheit (sp?) or salud?

ETA: I did see an atheist get upset when someone did that to him. He made a big stink about it.
Gesundheit? Ew! DO I LOOK GERMAN TO YOU!?!?!



My point is just, if someone were to say happy Hanukkah to me, I'd just smile and say it back. It's nothing to be offended about. If anything, it's nice to see someone excited about their holiday and spreading the good feelings around.

The atheist who got mad is what you would call "an asshole"
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:00 PM   #65
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LOL True. In college I loved going to the Hillel Hanukkah celebration, then next door to the Catholic Center Christmas party with spiked egg nog. Though my favorite party was the Purim party.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:10 PM   #66
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I guess what confused me about that guy wishing me a Happy Hanukkah was that Jewish people don't like it when others assume they're Christian and wish them a Merry Christmas, so why was he basically doing the same to me?

If I were invited to a Hanukkah celebration, I wouldn't mind. I'd like to see a Seder dinner because I heard it is moving. I do like it when people respect each other's beliefs and don't roll their eyes or anything. In grad school, the head of IT was a Hindu but she wished us the best for Christmas, Hannukkah, Easter, and Ramadan - whatever we celebrated. Everyone should do that.
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I love this, and I am selfish with my love





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of course this was on the internet, so it could be phoney

but we are talking about religion, so that does not necessarily disqualify it
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I gotta say, I like the "new deep". Throws in a couple zingers every now and then
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I always say "Happy holidays" at where I work too just because customers can be snippy enough as it is around that time, so I'd mainly just like to avoid any potential headaches and complaints as a result. But if someone does say "Merry Christmas" to me, then of course I'd say it back.

I've never had anyone wish me a happy Hanukkah, but if someone did, I'm with JT, I'd just say, "Thanks!" and let it be. Given how stressful the holiday season can be on people, it's nice when someone takes a moment out of their day to wish you well. Getting hung up on what holiday they mention seems to totally miss the point of that time of year in general, I think.

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Old 01-31-2013, 01:07 AM   #71
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Whenever I hear Hanukkah I always think of that song that we were taught at school during music. It goes a little like this:

Hanukkah
Holiday
Festival of Ice
Candles burning
Brightly Burning
On A Winters Day -ay
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Hopefully you mean "festival of lights", unless Hanukkah has changed to a holiday celebrated exclusively by Cobbler's friends in Australia.
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I'm with JT, Christmas = secular. I "celebrate" Christmas but don't do anything remotely religious.
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Anyone who is enough of an asshole to get up in arms when receiving a greeting doesn't deserve a happy anything.
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When people sneeze, I say "Merry Christmas."
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