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Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas

I recently heard something that made sense. Starting at Thanksgiving we begin to see and hear "Happy Holidays". There are several holidays in February and yet no one wishes anyone a "happy holiday" in February. Perfect strangers (like your cashier at Wal*Mart) will say "Happy Holidays" to you when you check out in November, but rarely do you hear "Happy Valentines Day" from these same people when you are checking out buying a box of chocolates for a loved one in February. Why do you suppose this is?

Mon. Nov 26, 1:28pm

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Maybe it's because Valentine's Day is a minor holiday than Thanksgiving or Christmas?

Monday, November 26, 2007, 4:37 PM

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Plus to me Valentines is more of a private holiday... a holiday shared with someone you love. You dont love the Walmart cashiers do you???

Monday, November 26, 2007, 4:48 PM

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Valentines Day is one of the largest grossing holidays for retailers....hardly "minor" in their eyes.

Monday, November 26, 2007, 6:39 PM

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Well, I certainly don't give my Wal*Mart cashier a Christmas, Kwanza, or Hanukah present either.

Monday, November 26, 2007, 6:40 PM

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You know what? I've NEVER been wished a Happy Presidents day! what's up with that?

Monday, November 26, 2007, 6:41 PM

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Who cares? I mean is it really that important?

Monday, November 26, 2007, 6:55 PM

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oooooo, good thread...

Monday, November 26, 2007, 7:03 PM

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I personally think it's important that retailers, etc. treat each "holiday" with the same respect and enthusiasm. If their so worried about offending some, they ought to treat all with the same PC-ness.

Monday, November 26, 2007, 7:05 PM

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Anymore, I'd be happy if retailers actually looked me in the eye, spoke coherently in a friendly tone, and thanked me for their business!

Monday, November 26, 2007, 9:42 PM

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I say "have a happy holiday" whether it is Halloween Christmas, Thanksgivng what ever. I am Jewish and don't mind when someone wishes me Merry Christmas. I understand the intent. I live in a small southern community and it amazes me the amount of media attention this gets each year. With everything else going on in the world, can't we realize the significance of this time of year for everyone and concentrate on other things??

Tuesday, November 27, 2007, 7:50 AM

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