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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2005
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Everyone at iLounge would like to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. As a special thanks to all of our wonderful readers, advertisers and those in the iPod industry, we’ve created this holiday card for you to enjoy. We’ll continue updating the site throughout the week.

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Thanks for agreeing with us guys.  How come now after 1700 years and counting since we have celebrated official CHRISTmas on December 25 are we forced to listen to all this Happy Holiday crap.  Dude what is up with this.  Someone please tell me what is wrong with saying Merry Christmas.  We dont call chocolate pie lemon moraine pie just because it is another pie.  So we shouldnt say Happy Holiday instead of Merry Christmas just like it is another holiday.  Thank you for agreeing men.

Posted by Eddie on December 21, 2005 at 8:06 AM (PDT)

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Because Christmas is not the only holiday!  I know it’s a big surprise, but America isn’t all Christians and nothing else.  There are other people in this country who celebrate different things and want to be recognized, instead of being told to “have a Merry Christmas”—I don’t want to have a merry christmas, so shut your yap!  Sorry, but I’m sick of this whole “war on Christmas” thing.  We just want Christians to realize that they aren’t the only ones in this country with a holiday.

Posted by Anna on December 21, 2005 at 8:18 AM (PDT)

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Thank you all very much, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! always remember that Crist is the reason for the celebration of Christmas. It’s good to be alive. To all of and your family have a very Merry Christmas & A BLESSED NEW YEAR.

Posted by Lorraine Loper on December 21, 2005 at 8:48 AM (PDT)

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This really isn’t the place to be discussing this, but here’s the results from a CNN poll that was posted to their website on 12-20-05:

“In the cultural battle over whether to use the seasonal greeting “Happy holidays” or “Merry Christmas,” the latter appears to be winning, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll released Tuesday.

In the poll, which surveyed 1,003 adult Americans by phone, 69 percent said they prefer “Merry Christmas” over “Happy holidays,” which garnered 29 percent.

Compared with the 2004 Christmas—or holiday—season, the number of people who said they use “Happy holidays” has dropped 12 percentage points, from 41 percent to 29 percent.”

Make of this what you will.  Thanks, iLounge!

Posted by Gene on December 21, 2005 at 9:01 AM (PDT)

25

the same for everybody, kisses from barcelona, spain

Posted by elgonzalo on December 21, 2005 at 11:54 AM (PDT)

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So someone wishes y’all a ‘Happy Holidays’ and you’re going to gripe at them because they didn’t use your prefered terminology?

Happy Holidays people… Lighten up and enjoy the season.

Posted by The Dude on December 21, 2005 at 12:17 PM (PDT)

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Since I’m not one to be pushed around by religious fanatics of ANY persuasion, and certainly not by any of those born-again thugs:

Happy Holidays.

So there.

Posted by flatline response on December 21, 2005 at 12:27 PM (PDT)

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Say you’re giving a speech to a large group of people.  This group consists of mostly men, but some women.  Would you address the group as ‘gentlemen’?  It probably wouldn’t offend any of the women in the audience if you did, but it would be more polite to include the ladies and address the group as ‘ladies and gentlemen’ or ‘people of (insert organization name here)’.

It’s just about including others even if they happen to be in the minority.  It’s just being polite.

Posted by The Dude on December 21, 2005 at 12:28 PM (PDT)

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Merry Christmas. I’ll not be back. Sorry, but as has been stated before, I’ve yet to meet a Hindu, Muslim or Jew in my multicultural city who is offended by the event taking place this Sunday. I, and many other Christians, am offended by your attitude.

Posted by Luke Bosman on December 21, 2005 at 12:49 PM (PDT)

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Isn’t christmas more cultural then fact now a days?

Posted by Macromedia on December 21, 2005 at 12:58 PM (PDT)

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We said Happy Holidays for the simple fact that there are many celebrations this time of year. Happy Holidays covers it all. If we have offended anybody, I apologize. We can’t please all the people all the time. No more name calling or pointing fingers. Thank you.

Posted by Dennis Lloyd in Irvine, CA on December 21, 2005 at 1:23 PM (PDT)

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Dennis,

It’s sad that in wishing people happiness some want to find a reason to be offended and force you to apologize.

Thank you for the well wishes and happy holidays to you as well.

Cheers!

Posted by The Dude on December 21, 2005 at 2:17 PM (PDT)

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Happy Holidays, and a prosperous new year to all!

And as to you who prefer saying Merry Christmas, that’s fine, and I’m sure that most people aren’t offended, it’s just that some of us prefer to make sure that we make everybody happy. It’s not about it being wrong to say Christmas, it’s about being nice and making sure that everyone feels included in this joyous time of year.

Posted by Tom on December 21, 2005 at 2:28 PM (PDT)

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Thanks for the holiday wishes, but for cryin out loud, enough with this political correctness.  It’s Merry Christmas, not happy holidays.  Why else do you think schools are closed every year starting with Christmas Eve; it sure isn’t because of hannukah or quanza.  Anyway, Merry Christmas everyone.

Posted by Chris on December 21, 2005 at 8:13 PM (PDT)

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iLounge Staff

Thanks for all your hard work on our behalf this year; you’re having a awesome run.  Fact is, all the Apple hardware, software and add-ons would be no where near as much fun if you guys weren’t a part of the story.

Merry Christmas AND Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Posted by runningman on December 21, 2005 at 8:34 PM (PDT)

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Like runningman said.

My only complaint—and it’s really a backhanded compliment—is that Jeremy and Bob haven’t done a podcast since late November.

But I’m sure they’ve been busy…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to one and all.

Posted by Downing on December 21, 2005 at 10:10 PM (PDT)

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The whole “happy holidays” thing is born of over-sensitive political correctness and as such is plain stupid.

Like calling a manhole cover a “personhole” cover, or a blackboard a “chalk” board.

I have yet to meet a black person who’s offended by the word black - “Oh look at that very dark car over there…” - if it’s a black car, it’s a black car.

Likewise I have never met a Jew, Hindu, Muslim or anyone else who takes offence at Christmas, Diwali or any other religious festival.

I appreciate the message of goodwill that’s invoked by “happy holidays” - I just wish we didn’t have to tiptoe about in case we MIGHT offend SOMEONE.

Surely assuming how someone will react to a given phrase on their behalf is more inslting to them? “I’d better say Happy Holidays cos the Muslims/Hindus whatever will take offence” - it’s like saying you know what’s best for them.

Anyway, as I don’t believe in ANY of it, I will simply be exchanging presents, eating and drinking too much, spending time with friends and family and basically having a good time.

I wish you all the very best as well.

Posted by PugRallye on December 22, 2005 at 3:15 AM (PDT)

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PugRallye-
It isn’t that people take offense to the world Christmas, is that they take offense that Christians assume that theirs is the only holiday during this time.  “Happy Holidays” is inclusive, rather than exclusive.

Posted by Anna on December 22, 2005 at 7:45 AM (PDT)

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Merry Christmas.

Posted by apetaster on December 22, 2005 at 10:12 AM (PDT)

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Anna, I’m pretty sure most if not all Christians are well aware of other holidays, but as they are Christians, they will wish you a Merry Christmas, as they don’t celebrate other holidays. Now if I come across a Jew and he/she happens to tell me Happy Hannukah, am I to assume that he has no idea of Christmas? Of course not. It’s common knowledge.

Posted by robototobor on December 22, 2005 at 11:39 AM (PDT)

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