Does your workplace allow you to say “Happy Christmas”?

Now that we’ve approached December, anyone who speaks to clients or customers will soon face that awkward choice: “Happy Christmas” or “Happy Holidays“?

I mention this because for the last two years I have been disallowed to say the dreaded ‘C’ word, “Christmas”, in a workplace.

What is this Grinch-ery? Did I miss something? Since when can’t you say “Happy Christmas”? Obviously I mean saying it in a tactful way; if you spoke to a person who you rightly knew was of another religion or a total atheist you could use “holiday”. However, to no longer say it at all? Isn’t this the Christmas holiday season? Recently I can recall a former colleague getting in trouble for applying Christmas decorations to her email signature for causing possible offence.

Come on. What happened to Christmas spirit?

This is another pathetic attempt by businesses (governments too) to pander to minorities and political correctness.

When I was a kid, it was always ‘Christmas’ this and ‘Christmas’ that. It seems that in the past few years, since people of differing beliefs have – supposedly – complained and whinged, these rules have come into action.

Can you imagine being the boss who needs to criticize their staff member? That would be an interesting conversation.

On another note, it’s interesting to gauge how much power and influence the church has lost in the last couple of decades, but how it still clings to the overly commercialised holidays it respects so deeply while the rest of the world doesn’t seem to care.

Does your level of offence hurt so greatly when you hear the word Christmas that you can no longer conduct business with someone who is free to use the word in a nation of free religions?

There are plenty of other words beginning with ‘C’ that would be considered more offensive.

I’d love to hear arguments from both sides, particularly from atheists and other faiths.

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4 Comments on “Does your workplace allow you to say “Happy Christmas”?”

  1. James Hill
    November 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    A Hindu coworkers (who actually also taught me about Diwali, the festival of lights) had a chat with me over my coffee break today and asked me what I was doing for the Christmas break and if I’d spend time with my family. The only people I’ve ever met get offended by the word Christmas are white middle class people (usually in HR) who aren’t personally offended but worried that we may offend some imaginary person by mentioning the word Christmas.
    I’m not Christian, but I celebrate Christmas because it’s a part of Australian and Western tradition. If I lived in a non western country, I’d still observe Christmas but I’d also involve myself in local celebrations too. Which is what 99.9% of people do here. Censoring the word Christmas is baffling. It’s a ridiculous solution to an imaginary problem.

  2. Anonymous
    November 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Why in Gods name for want of better wording,sorry everyone straight away so no one gets offended to quickly . This is PC madness once again rearing its ugly head.

    At this time of year most of us normal people are going about doing our CHRISTMAS thing as we have for generations, but what I have to do is keep my brain alert at all times in case I come across some poor person who feel offended when I come out with the C word,give me a break.

    I live in a high Muslim area and during their religious goings on, I have to contend with all matter of crap and I am not offended , in fact I find it most interesting.
    But when our street starts to decorate or we start to celebrate Christmas all hell breaks loose, especially the burning of a few trees,breaking of lights etc. We all live in this lucky country and enjoy its rewards so others religions should just suck it up and go with the flow. If everyone just embraced each others cultures and religions and showed due respect we would all be better off.

    My workplace is very multicultural,combined in our small business there is over 8 different religions and we have overcome all of it by respecting each time of year it falls on , and no matter how we all feel CHRISTMAS IS CHRISTMAS IS CHRISTMAS. So say it loud and clear.

    May I end this by saying to all at Intentious a very merry CHRISTMAS and love to all. Chez,Sydney.

  3. April 24, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    Reading this write-up – the gift of one’s time


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