Respect Others
December 2, 2008

Here's what I don't get: in a time of year when so many people are focusing on making others happy ... people do so much harm to each other.

First, I don't get what the freaking problem is with a retail outlet saying, "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." Here's a news flash: Not everyone is a Christian and not every Christian celebrates Christmas in a big consumer-istic fetish kinda way.
By saying "Happy Holidays" someone, retailer or otherwise, is acknowledging that culturally, many people do either mark this time of year in thought ... or mark it with retail bliss. (Umm, I originally typo'd that as retail bills ... whatever works.) It does not assume that every person believes in the exact same thing. It is respectful.

Now, if we're talking about a Christian bookstore, then yeah, I think they can safely assume "Merry Christmas" is respecting their customers.

If you're chatting with a customer and they say something about Christmas or Channukah then you can respect them and respond in kind.

Secondly, again, during a time of year when most of us are supposedly thinking of others ... how in the freaking HELL do you get so focused on "the deal" that you pop the doors off the hinges at a retail store and then trample a clerk???

Seriously? I mean, really. HOW IS THIS THINKING OF OTHERS?

And then lastly ... I noticed several online sites attempting to be respectful with their "Happy Holidays" promotions. All fine and good - a lot of people do enjoy buying for others this time of year and I have no problem with a retail outlet trying to get their fair share of that.

But if you say "Happy Holidays" then umm, I'm just saying that "order by x date to receive by Christmas" is kinda blowing it.

Of course, as a web professional, I know I don't want to give up the site real estate to say "order by X to receive by December 22 or by Y to receive by December 25 or by Z to receive by December 26."

Still ... it's a little tacky. I don't have a good solution, by the way, and if I had to add a date to a website, I'd probably settle on the 25th as well - at least it's a good reference point for everything else.

Posted by Red Monkey at December 2, 2008 6:12 PM | Never Underestimate the Power of Human Stupidity | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


Tara R. said:

I work with a woman who gets all pissy about saying Merry Christmas. I try to point out to her that December is a time many different people/cultures celebrate different holidays/events. Doesn't matter to her. I just leave her to it. Bah!

December 2, 2008 10:06 PM


PandoraWilde said:

I wonder if there's a present-giving phase of Ramadan, and if so when is it? And we can't forget Kwanzaa either.

But on the serious side, who defines being "respectful" of all religions correctly? Who's the expert, and what makes them the expert--Who died and made them the resident bigmouth?

December 3, 2008 8:21 PM
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