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Why amazon does not uses word "christmas" ?

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 11:11:01 PM PST
@M. A. Rowlett
Businesses aren't taking away your freedom of religion in the least by referring to this time of year as the 'Holidays.' Like you said, it is business, and money is important to them; if you are so bothered by it you should send a message by not spending money at said businesses.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 11:14:17 PM PST
Cleve says:
You have a right to say merry christmas. You do not have a right to insist other people wish you a merry christmas.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 11:18:40 PM PST
Trust Me says:
It isn't "politically correct to use the word Christmas, M.A. I'm Jewish, and I wish you a very merry Christmas. Wish me a merry Christmas if you'd like, I will take it in the spirit given. Happy Hanukkah too. Let's all lighten up. This is a wonderful time of the year if you just relax and enjoy it.

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 12:46:51 AM PST
Nightshade says:
Why do people care so much about people/business using the term Christmas? You know what it is, can't that be enough for you. Can't I have a tree, give presents and spend time with my family without having insecure religious people tell me and others what they HAVE to call it.

Just enjoy it,a Calm down and stop making a crusade about it.

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 12:49:08 AM PST
Johnny says:
I would certainly expect that all of you anti-Christmas (December 25) go to work that day or open your business or go to school and stick to your usual routine. Think of all the wasted productivity and lost $$$$$ because you take advantage of a Christian holiday. Don't sit and watch or join in......go to work!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 12:51:56 AM PST
Many things are changing recently, and not everyone likes it, why you try to suppress our right to speak?

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 12:53:28 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 8, 2012 1:03:42 AM PST
Nightshade says:
Wow... Johnny. Said in the true spirit of Christianity. Do you speak for all your fellow Christians? Or are you just so insecure in you beliefs that you have to get so worked up. tsk tsk

People secure in their religion wouldn't care what other people called the day, because they know what it truly means to them.

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Edited to add: As I recall, Merry Christmas switched to Happy Holidays about the time Kwanza became more widely celebrated. It was always Merry Christmas and Happy Hanakuh (sp). Then with the addition of the 3rd holiday it was just easier to say Happy Holidays. Just cover all the bases.

Personally I love hearing Merry Christmas. Reminds me of my childhood. But things change. It isn't going to change back.

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 1:19:20 AM PST
EYEL1NER says:
"I am an American..."
"...why then should I have to tolerate other religions"

Sounds about right.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 7:19:53 AM PST
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blow-hards making noise. wow, what a way to show your respect to someone you disagree with.
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I can respect the devout Christians who aren't happy with merchants using the name of Christ in vain by having Christmas sales. Watching one of the holiest (but not THE holiest -- that's Easter) days of the year in your faith turned into an orgy of commerce has got to be uncomfortable.

But the so-called "Christian" movement isn't aimed at taking the commercialism out of a sacred day. The so-called "Christian" movement of recent years has been all about insisting that everyone, retailers especially, use the name of Christ to describe the commercial orgy of the holiday season.

I can't respect that movement because it's rooted in idiocy.

Being upset because a retailer *isn't* co-opting your religion to sell more goods is dumb, and the people who advocate that are blowhards because they're shooting off their mouths without even listening to what they're saying! They're actually saying, "Pervert my religion! Use the name of my savior to promote your sales, or I'll boycott you!"

Combine that with an utter disrespect for the idea that other people are celebrating other holidays, and describing people who are getting mad at retailers for having "Holiday Sales" instead of using the name of Christ in vain as blowhards is accurate.

Disrespectful to those blowhards? Yeah. But respect is something one needs to earn, and they're not going to earn it with such idiocy. This isn't about them disagreeing with me, or hating them. But I'll give you it may be emotional. I do get a bit bothered by the ignorant blowhards who don't understand the Third Commandment, especially when they're glossing over the Commandment as a way to mask their contempt for those of other faiths. That does poke at my emotions a bit.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:02:02 AM PST
Lene Jensen says:
Actually, it's a pagan holiday, and it's been taken by Christians, BECAUSE it was already celebrated. For over 400 years, they didn't celebrate Xmas. Americans didn't even celebrate Xmas until the 1800s!

The fact that you call people anti-Christmas people shows you've forgotten to love thy neighbour. Respect others, and they will respect you as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:10:02 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:19:25 AM PST
Nancy says:
I was going to counter your message, however, I never thought about being insulted by a merchant using their faith to sell secular goods, and blasphemous to use the word "Christmas" to hawk goods for sale. The whole meaning of CHRISTmas has flown out the window as people are more and more "me" oriented and not centered on their faith and WHO makes it possible to have the money to shop. When I was a little girl Christmas was very spiritual and gifts were received, as the Wisemen gifted Christ at His birth. It is such a shame to have so many contradictions for everyone and his/her faith. You are right, now days it is just a holiday to some - we all celebrate it differently. If someone feels the need to be specific about his/her greeting, so be it. My greeting will always be Merry Christmas.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:21:19 AM PST
Nancy says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:24:51 AM PST
Nancy says:
Wow! Very nicely put! I'm Christian and I wish you a Happy Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas.

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 8:26:20 AM PST
P. Benedict says:
"Christmas" is for religion and the (Christmas) holiday is for selling. As with other holidays with a religious foundation (e.g., Halloween, Easter), the religious foundation of the Christmas holiday is subsumed by merchants under the more commercial aspect. It's a no-brainer when there's Jewish holidays in the Christmas vicinity. "Sell to the holiday, not the religion."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:26:37 AM PST
Nancy says:
Someone ALWAYS has to make a crusade of something. We Americans must be so bored we have nothing else to do! Merry Christmas

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:29:28 AM PST
Nancy says:
You don't need to spend for it to be Christmas. Truly, that is not what this season is about. R&R with family and friends, wish Jesus a happy birthday, and thank Him for all your many blessings. Merry Christmas!

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:30:30 AM PST
Lene Jensen says:
X was used by early Christians for Christ. It's Greek for Christos, Christ.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xmas
http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/xmasabbr.asp
http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/xmas.htm

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:30:51 AM PST
Babs Z. says:
That's too funny !

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:31:24 AM PST
Nancy says:
I love hearing Merry Christmas, also. So continue with me, for the rest of our lives to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:33:00 AM PST
Rayven says:
God Jul Lene! :-))

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:33:53 AM PST
Nancy says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:35:35 AM PST
Lene Jensen says:
The difference is: this spiritual period isn't JUST about Christmas. In Scandinavia, we still say "God JUL" (or good yule, if you will). In France it's Noel. In Germany it's Weihnachten. (Scandinavians and Germans celebrate the 24th as well, btw, and not the 25th). So we're arguing about a WORD.

And then there are several other Christian holy days in December (I am going to celebrate the 13th, Saint Lucia/Lucy). And that is just ignoring Kwanzaa and Hanukkah!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:36:06 AM PST
Nancy says:
Not necessarily - I think they took respect out of the dictionary, along with excuse me, thank you, and please.
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