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What’s wrong with Christmas decorations?

I don’t intend for this post to be rude or ignorant, but genuinely curious. What is the huff about Christmas decorations?

This is Canada, and we’ve always done the Christmas decorations at public places or malls or schools. But now people are “offended”. Why?

Christmas is hardly about Jesus for the greater community anymore, it’s more about holiday time, family, friends, and happiness. So I’m wondering, if a person immigrates here, to Canada, why are you so angry about seeing a Christmas tree up with beautiful decorations? Again leaving out religion, just beautiful decorations. For example, if I even visited India or Dubai or Saudi Arabia, I would be expected to adapt to their values (ie, dress conservatively or wear a hijab, whatever the case). I just don’t understand why people come here then complain about the country they’re joining.

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Same thing with Merry Christmas, why not just say merry Christmas back or happy hannukah/kwanza/holiday/whatever. What’s the issue?

Please help me understand what is so “offensive” about Christmas decorations or merry Christmas.

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  1. Well said! We will just keep doing what we’ve always been doing. They can stay in their sad houses, living their sad lives if they can’t adapt to our Canada! Shame on them!

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    • I don’t believe that people who don’t celebrate Christmas are sitting around having sad lives. What is sad is shaming people for having different beliefs.

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    • How about you stop hating people for different beliefs and put some of that bullshit ‘joy’ and ‘giving’ into the actions you take and the words you speak while you shove Christmas down everyone’s throat and lose your mind if Starbucks only has a plain red cup this year.

      I say this as someone who LOVES Christmas and has a house already filled with Christmas decorations and most of my cards done. I send cards to me non-christmas celebrating friends and ensure it just says happy holidays.

      Stop wrecking the spirit of Christmas with your hate

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    • Last year in the fall and winter I spent time with the new Syrian refugees helping them learn English. All were happy to be here and ready to embrace their new homeland and eager to be accepted by us. Never once did they express hatred, dislike for us or our customs, and never once did they tried to push for changes in our holiday customs. Please get to know some of them before condemning anyone who isn’t ‘us’.

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  2. Terri Bee Terri Bee says:

    No idea what you’re talking about, who finds it offensive?

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    • That’s what I thought. It’s well past Rememberence day

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    • My husband is a bus driver, and a patron wished him a merry Christmas yesterday. Another rider immediately shouted (in front of many children) “shove your merry Christmas straight up your ass.”

      He’s also been reprimanded (by the city) for saying merry Christmas to some of his regulars, and other passengers complained.

      There are assholes out there complaining.

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    • Sharon Swan Sharon Swan says:

      many as they do not wanting you to call THE TREE a xmas tree any longer .. that was in the news last year .. they(the ones that take offense) want you to call it a HOLIDAY tree… go figure …

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    • Terri Bee Terri Bee says:

      Sharon Swan I’m pretty sure you can call it anything you want. I have never met anyone who found Christmas offensive.

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  3. What? Who is offended?! Where do these supposed “offenses” come from?? I’ve met plenty of people who weren’t celebrating Christmas, but they wish me a “merry christmas” or say “happy holidays”. Never in my life have I met someone not from here who was rude or said any such thing.

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    • This is my thought. There’s all this outrage about it and attention but I am still yet to hear or read one person complaining about it anywhere.

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    • Exactly. Some people just like drama

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    • John A MacDonald said those coming here will take on our traditions. Read people read. Our Canadian Rights are Slowly being taking away from us. Wake up Canada

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    • Things change with or without people entering the country. Period.

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    • Chanel Brown Chanel Brown says:

      Wake up Tina. No, they’re not. The whole point of this comment is nobody is actually complaining.

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    • My husband is a bus driver, and a patron wished him a merry Christmas yesterday. Another rider immediately shouted (in front of many children) “shove your merry Christmas straight up your ass.”

      He’s also been reprimanded (by the city) for saying merry Christmas to some of his regulars, and other passengers complained.

      There are assholes out there complaining.

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    • People complain. The point is, the majority of people aren’t complaining. Not to where it’s in the media, and making a huge deal.
      Of course there’s always going to be that one person who doesn’t like Christmas. Maybe they lost a family member around this time of year, or they have nobody. Doesn’t mean their from somewhere else, or trying to “take” our country away…

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    • Tina Marie Spring JOHN A MACDONALD? You’re using him as an example? For F sake, he was the first PM of a country based on colonialism. When he arrived in Canada he didn’t “take on traditions” he participated in a culture of grievous subjugation of the indigenous peoples which our society is still grappling with today. LOL, I can’t believe you referred to J.A.M. *facepalm*

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    • Corey Brown Corey Brown says:

      Wake the fuck up Tina!

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    • Tina Marie Spring They are not being taken away from me. I do what I want at this time of year. Haven’t had any complaints yet and I am a minority in my apartment building and I have a Christmas wreath on my door…. no one has asked me or demanded me to take it off and also i have lights in my windows and my tree is visible to the street…… no complaints.

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  4. Who is offended by Christmas decorations??? I know people get upset when they go up before Rememberance day. But other than that who cares??

    I feel OP is pathetically attempting to perpetuate the myth that immigrants hate Christmas.

    Nice try

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    • I agree. This post feels odd like it’s meant to stir up something that isn’t there

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    • My husband is a bus driver, and a patron wished him a merry Christmas yesterday. Another rider immediately shouted (in front of many children) “shove your merry Christmas straight up your ass.”

      He’s also been reprimanded (by the city) for saying merry Christmas to some of his regulars, and other passengers complained.

      There are assholes out there complaining.

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    • Aubrey McLaughlin I don’t doubt there’s assholes, however, they are far less frequent than many believe.

      I did near 20 years customer service, 13 in hotels. I have worked with and served people from all ends of this earth and not once have I ever heard anyone vocally object to festive decorations and greetings.

      I stand by my opinion that in the grand scheme of things this is a non issue

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    • I think it depends in the types of people you’re around. I think in a hotel, they’d have a bit more class, but my husband drives the 5 route at night (like, until 2 am), and he really sees the dregs of humanity. He’s always coming home with a story to tell, Christmas seems to get really bad.

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    • merry christmas is haram in islam

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    • I disagree. I have seen several attempts over the last few years of people complaining that “we can’t even say Merry Christmas “ without offending others. I believe this is a pathetic attempt to perpetuate the theory that people of different cultures and newer to Canada are offended. And as such “we” (the already existing Canadians) should take offence. I call bullsh*t! It is merely a way to keep us separated. Canada is known for its embracing and inclusion of all cultures as we have all come from different cultures. Don’t pay attention to he ones who want to divide and be fear mongers. At the end of the day let’s pay attention to what is important: respecting one another and embracing our differences. That is a part of being Canadian!!

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    • Aubrey McLaughlin some people are bitter about Christmas even if they are not of a different religion or belief system. Some are out of work, broke, living on charity and having the Christmas commercialism shoved down their throat wherever they turn. The become rather vocal about their lack of enchantment with commercialized holidays

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    • Drazz RG Drazz RG says:

      Seriously lol.

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    • Christine Stewart keep saying merry christmas

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  5. In all that is said Remeber the reason for the Season. Everything else hardly matters !!!

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  6. Doug Barrett Doug Barrett says:

    I have been on this planet for 80 years and never once heard any one complain about Christmas, decorations, or greetings either from Canadians or people from other countries. Commercial enterprises started the the happy holiday type greetings because they were trying to keep everyone happy. Somehow this gave the perception to some that things were trying to be changed by immigrants. Not true! Merry Christmas

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  7. I haven’t met or heard from anyone ‘offended’ by Christmas decorations. Nor have I read anything in the news about it. Where is this coming from?

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    • My husband is a bus driver, and a patron wished him a merry Christmas yesterday. Another rider immediately shouted (in front of many children) “shove your merry Christmas straight up your ass.”

      He’s also been reprimanded (by the city) for saying merry Christmas to some of his regulars, and other passengers complained.

      There are assholes out there complaining.

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  8. Jessie Smith Jessie Smith says:

    You don’t sing Christmas songs in schools, u can’t say merry Christmas to someone as it could offend them… we live in Canada

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  9. Kyle Wilson Kyle Wilson says:

    Best get as much use out of them before your boy in Ottawa does his thing.

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  10. Why is it that you assume that people from other countries are the only ones offended by everything Christmas? Grouchy, miserable people come in all religions!

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  11. Have you actually seen anyone get offended or are you just believing the nonsense posts you see on Facebook saying that people are? I have never met anyone that is offended by Christmas decorations and I doubt that many people have.

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  12. Sharon Lee Sharon Lee says:

    Most people do just the odd ones don’t I guess

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  13. ّI love Christmas decorations and I’m muslim!

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  14. Ron Klatt Ron Klatt says:

    It is an artificial creation of large corporate groups that think they are being inclusive while not realizing that they are actually creating static between different groups. People get all up in arms thinking it is non-Christians throwing fits about these decorations and greetings when none of them actually give a fuck what we do. Most seem receptive to a happy greeting regardless of the religion behind it.

    My point is we need to stop blaming minority groups for the actions of large corporate idiots that think that they are doing anyone any favors. I have yet to see any evidence that it is non-Christians that are pissed off about secular Christmas celebration. It’s usually some memo from a corporate head office suggesting that we are not inclusive enough of other culture. While there may be some truth to that these people from other cultures Are not taking some kind of a stand against Christmas. Yes some people that feel very strongly about maintaining their own traditions act like bigger assholes to them, the non-Christians, on this subject

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  15. If there offed they should head back home and change things there. They would not allow us to change things if we moved to their country. Get REAL CANADIANS

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  16. Islam end of discussion

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    • Are you for real right now?? Being muslim has nothing to do with this discussion….. I have many muslim friends whose family celebrates christmas, some dont but they have never complained about christmas decorations or anything. If anything they are the ones helping out donating their time to the needy in the spirit of christmas.

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    • Thank you Julie. Im born and raised here and my parents are Muslim immigrants. I participated in Christmas choir as a child and all xmas plays/concerts at school. My parents gift their neighbours/co workers/doctors every year and have always attended their xmas functions. I have yet to know a Muslim here that is intolerant of Christmas.. We actually LOVE Christmas decorations and enjoy the time off as we spend it with family. Stop spreading hate and lies!!

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  17. John A MacDonald said those coming here will take on our traditions. Read people read. Our Canadian Rights are Slowly being taking away from us. Wake up Canada

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  18. The only people I’ve seen say or do rude and hateful things regarding Christmas are the God awful Christians that feel they have to force their beliefs on everyone else.

    Don’t be that Christian. Be the Christian your Jesus would actually have been proud of.

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  19. I one time said “Happy Holidays” and the person got pissed at me and told me to say “Merry Christmas” instead! I have never had the reverse happen.

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    • My husband is a bus driver, and a patron wished him a merry Christmas yesterday. Another rider immediately shouted (in front of many children) “shove your merry Christmas straight up your ass.”

      He’s also been reprimanded (by the city) for saying merry Christmas to some of his regulars, and other passengers complained.

      There are assholes out there complaining.

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  20. I was raised here so Christmas decorations are just a normal part of Christmas. But I have always seen my parents being so respectful to others during Christmas, even though we don’t celebrate it, my parents always wished others a Merry Christmas, and taught us to do the same. Merry Christmas!!!

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  21. My husband is a bus driver, and a patron wished him a merry Christmas yesterday. Another rider immediately shouted (in front of many children) “shove your merry Christmas straight up your ass.”

    He’s also been reprimanded (by the city) for saying merry Christmas to some of his regulars, and other passengers complained.

    There are assholes out there complaining.

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  22. My husband is a bus driver, and a patron wished him a merry Christmas yesterday. Another rider immediately shouted (in front of many children) “shove your merry Christmas straight up your ass.”

    He’s also been reprimanded (by the city) for saying merry Christmas to some of his regulars, and other passengers complained.

    There are assholes out there complaining.

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  23. Everyone country like Egypt decorated for Christmas when I was there.
    The only person that was offended was a white Jehovah witness and I apologized and wish them a happy holiday instead.
    Everyone can celebrate the way they want.

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  24. Denise Purdy Denise Purdy says:

    I proudly say Merry Christmas.

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  25. Kevin Barry Kevin Barry says:

    I love Christmas and I love Walmart!

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  26. Nobody is offended your making up problems. There’s no war on Christmas that’s just a click bait headline

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  27. I’m from a third world country. And I love Christmas. It’s such a happy time, lights, music, decorations, etc. I put on a cute santa hat, we had Christmas music on at work late November, and my coworkers who are originally from here in Canada complained about it. Ugh.

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  28. Laura Hunt Laura Hunt says:

    Hmm…never met anyone offended by Christmas decorations. I think you have an over active imagination there poster.

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  29. I agree that if you come here adapt to the norms around you. In saying that we as Canadians have to adapt aswell

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  30. Anyone that has a problem with traditional Christmas can GET THE FUCK OUT!

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  31. Hina Hameed Hina Hameed says:

    To those that think that Muslims hate Christmas or think Christmas is “haram”, you should talk to an actual muslim rather than believing the propaganda that’s being shoved down your throats. Yes Muslims might not celebrate Christmas but we are by no means “offended” by Christmas decorations. I have had people tip toe around wishing me merry Christmas because they think I will be offended. On the flip side, I wish a merry Christmas to anyone who I know is celebrating. Don’t assume people hate Christmas because they might not look like or have the same belief system as you.

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  32. Someone is just trying to start this argument about people being offended lol, no one is offended, No one cares! Merry Christmas!

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  33. Oh yeah. The fake war on Christmas…

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  34. Ken Gowler Ken Gowler says:

    Dear offended. You are full of shit. No one has told you there is anything wrong with Christmas decorations. You are nothing but a shit disturber.

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  35. Welcome to 2017….

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  36. To be perfectly honest with you, I have not heard anyone complaining…so please let me know who exactly you are referring to. You are speaking of immigrants in your post. Well I myself have not heard of anyone complaining of Christmas decorations. I am pretty much on top of the news but this is a new one for me. Or is it that the OP somehow want to be starting something out of nothing?

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  37. I do what I do and make no apologies … that’s between me and my god. I don’t let frivolous topics like this fire up my jets hahaha

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  38. Stop listening to Trump. The “War on Christmas” doesn’t exist.

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  39. I’m thinking the OP was hoping for a ton of support on the post to help rationalize his/her own racism. Glad to see so many reply with common sense.

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  40. Nona Al Nona Al says:

    FYI: Dubai has set record to the tallest Christmas tree ever, costing 11 million dollars.

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  41. I personally cant stand anything xmas related but whatever floats your boat. Just dont expect me to participate

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  42. I’ve never met anyone offended by this. Stupid post.

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  43. Jillian PG Jillian PG says:

    Some context to this complaint would be great. I also see Christmas decorations EVERYWHERE. Who on earth is offended?

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  44. I think we need to come to grips with the fact that this country isn’t predominantly Christian anymore, regardless of your country of origin. Public schools are for the public and should represent the public, not a minority of Christians. Religious celebrations belong in church, not public schools.

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  45. People being offended by Christmas is just ridiculous made up BS by certain media outlets and politicians to keep perpetuate hatred at certain religions. It doesn’t actually exist.

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    • Trina Lahti Trina Lahti says:

      Right!?!? I have never experienced or witnessed someone expressing offence about decorations!

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    • Nope never. Lived in the North end my whole life. The majority of my neighbors and several classmates were Muslim never once have I heard any anti christmas rhetoric. It is a made up thing to keep us divided and turn a blund eye as governments slowly take away rights

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  46. Ali C Ali C says:

    I might just decide to start a war on Christmas this year. Do I care what other people celebrate? No. Do I feel like fucking with idiots? Absolutely.

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  47. The offensiveness comes from the media to keep people upset and the governments can then do as they please. In actuality there are very minimal people who take offense to anything Christmas.

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  48. Um Naser Um Naser says:

    Even in Jordan , Dubai , Leb, they put Christmas decor so not sure what your taking about,

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  49. we took prying out of our schools , why does islam get a pass “wake up”

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  50. lol be happy you can have a merry christmas in the west and not livng in a majority mslem country

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