Happy Holidays and not Merry Christmas say Governments? - Facebook Rumour

25 Nov 2011 - Article No: 1440. Filed under: Facebook Scams | Facebook Rumour


According to our BRITISH government we cant say Merry Christmas now we have to say Happy Holidays. We can`t call it a Christmas tree, its now called a Holiday tree? Because it might offend those who are not from ENGLAND. If you don`t like our "Customs" and it offends you so much then LEAVE OUR COUNTRY I will help you pack. They are called customs and we have our traditions and our opinions If you agree with this please post this as your status!!



We cant say Merry Christmas now we have to say Happy Holidays. We cant call it a Christmas tree, its now called a Holiday tree? Why... because it might offend someone. If you don`t like our "Customs" and it offends you so much then LEAVE, I will help u pack. Dont take CHRIST out of CHRISTmas!!! They are called customs and we have our traditions. If you agree with this...please post this as your status


The latest racial propaganda to circulate Facebook comes in the form of this message that claims that citizens of either the US or UK (there are versions for both) are "not allowed" to say "Merry Christmas" anymore, replacing it with the religion generic "Happy Holidays". The message goes on to say that it offends religious minorities, and that such offended minorities should leave the country.

If the message sounds familliar, then it might be because of various other rumours that circulated Facebook using the same template - like the rumour claiming immigrants were upset with England football shirts or the rumour that poppies were not to be sold in certain areas in order not to offend minorities.

The term "Happy Holidays" has been around for years, and is used as a more generic seasonal greeting in countries with increasingly diverse religious beliefs, such as the US or UK. Many religions celebrate holidays towards the end of the year and the greeting "Happy Holidays" is often used when aimed at large crowds who will likely celebrate different holidays, or used when one does not know the religious beliefs of the person they are talking to.

However, despite what these messages say, people living in either the UK or US are free to use any greeting they so wish, as are shops, retailers and anybody else. Neither the British or US Governments have said that anyone can or cannot use any specific holiday greeting, nor what we call Christmas trees. The implication that this has come from the Government is designed to induce frustration and anger in its readers, as is the implication that saying "Merry Christmas" offends minorities.
Whilst many individuals, shops and media outlets do decide to say "Happy Holidays", this is entirely their choice. Many still elect to use the term "Merry Christmas" as well, or "Seasons Greetings" or many other different variations.

This is just racial propaganda designed to cause hatred and isolation towards ethnic minorities and should not be circulated.

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