Why can't you say "Christmas" in some places?

I've read in places like Wal*Mart, Target, or even public schools, you aren't allowed to say "Christmas". It has to be "Happy Holidays". And then there's "X-mas". That really irritates me. They just put and X over where Christ's name would be. That sounds a lot like people are trying to take the Christ out of Christmas and only focus on presents and stuff like that. I am a United Methodist, and I find this to be wrong and against our Lord and Savior that was born on CHRISTmas Day.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    It was a Christian lady who took Walmart to court over their "Merry Christmas" greeting. Saying Merry Christmas was an offense in her particular pet variety of Christianity. Christmas greetings and celebrations of any kind were banned for the first 22 years after Puritans landed in America. Most of how we do celebrate Christmas, our greetings and the tree and such, didn't start until the mid 1800's:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas

  • 1 decade ago

    I too am a christian, but I take no offense to this. Truth is Christmas is just a day we designated to celebrate christ's birth. He wasn't really born on december 25th. In fact the origin of christmas is a pagan holiday. Who cares what it is called? If some other religion feels less offended by changing the name, then let them. It doesn't change the way we, as christians, celebrate it.

  • 1 decade ago

    Thats why I make a point when in target to tell every person I see Merry Christmas. Especially the staff.

    I see they at least call the Christmas Tree that again. In 2004 It was renamed the Holiday Tree. That only lasted a year mercifully.

    Celebrate as you wish but dont spoil it for true Christmas celebrators.

    Source(s): Merry CHRISTmas!!
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I totally agree. It seems the shops want every religion to spend up big during Christmas for its own gain ,yet they are trying to get rid of the real meaning of why we have Christmas, Its not about Santa and presents. I am also sick of the ways schools are becoming so afraid of offending peoples feelings by talking about Jesus during Christmas. Kids don't learn the traditional Christmas songs any more. You wont hear Silent Night or Away in a manger sung at any public school anymore. Its a real shame because even those kids who don't share the Christian faith shouldn't be blackmailed into believing that Christmas is only about Santa and Presents. We really need to teach our kids the true meaning of Christmas.

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  • 1 decade ago

    CHRISTmas- from Christ's Mass

    - we could not say every where christmas because other people have other religions. Like, they believe in others...

    You have a point. Today, when people are giving gifts- they don't think about GENEROSITY, they think of REWARDS or EXCHANGE!!!

    -About Xmas, here's why- "Christ" was often written as "XP" or "Xt"; there are references in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as far back as 1021 AD. This X and P arose as the uppercase forms of the Greek letters χ and ρ), used in ancient abbreviations for Χριστος (Greek for "Christ"), and are still widely seen in many Eastern Orthodox icons depicting Jesus Christ.- Meaning X represents Christ! Many of us misinterpret that X has nothing to do with Christ! (Xmas not pronounced ex-mas but Christmas)! That's all I know!

    (THE XP=Christ PIC: http://www.crivoice.org/images/symbols/chirho.bmp )

    Source(s): my own self (No Offense to other religions, just defense!)
  • I went to my nephews Christmas program at a PUBLIC school and they sang Christmas songs. So I don't know the answer. Where I live, in the US, people say Christmas all the time.

  • 1 decade ago

    It saddens me to know there are businesses that will go to the extreme of taking Christ out of Christmas. It looks like they will do whatever it takes to make a buck. Our freedoms are deminishing and this is just another form of that. It's really sad that it has to happen on Christ's Birthday. It is offending and shows me what businesses will do just to be greedy. It's good to know which one's do it. I'll take my business to places that allow every religion to celebrate thier holidays. Ours is called CHRISTMAS!

  • 1 decade ago

    You can say Christmas anywhere you want. It's just that political correctness has gotten a bit out of control. Some people are afraid to offend people that celebrate Hannukah and Kwaanza and the other holidays.

  • 1 decade ago

    I believe in freedom of speech and if I want to say Merry Christmas, I will...

    and..I agree...it's the CHRIST that makes it Christmas!!! If not for HIM, it would just be another day.

    It's the celebration of HIS birth....that's what Christmas is for, not presents.

  • 1 decade ago

    I agree with you 100%, Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year.

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