what is up with "season's greetings"?

iOrlando

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I received an email card today that said season's greetings. I sent it back and said you sent this to the wrong person.

Not sure what season's greetings is suppose to mean, and when you think about its a very stupid and pointless phrase.

i can say season's greetings every solstice or equinox throughout the year and chances are I wouldnt want to send you greetings anyway.

why do people do this?
 

Eraserhead

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I think all of my Christmas cards say that, its a non-religious greeting.

EDIT: Aside from sending cards to the Japanese - where a greeting like that is probably appropriate - I'm not concerned either way.
 

IntheNet

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I received an email card today that said season's greetings. I sent it back and said you sent this to the wrong person.

Not sure what season's greetings is suppose to mean, and when you think about its a very stupid and pointless phrase.

i can say season's greetings every solstice or equinox throughout the year and chances are I wouldnt want to send you greetings anyway.

why do people do this?
Likely someone trying to be politically correct and short-circuit the Christmas holiday and de-emphasize the Birth of Christ; a pivotal event in the history of this earth and the Reason for the Season!!!

 

iOrlando

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Pretty sure it's a non-denominational greeting that allows one to have to buy merely one set of cards.
so people routinely send out spring season's greetings to people they never talk to any other time of the year...but are on a "list" of people that should receive pointless cards...right?
 

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I should also add that if I was sending cards to someone who was reasonably Christian I would try and send one with "Merry Christmas" and send "Seasons greetings" if they were a member of any other religion.
 

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Likely someone trying to be politically correct and short-circuit the Christmas holiday and de-emphasize the Birth of Christ; a pivotal event in the history of this earth and the Reason for the Season!!!

Oy vey :rolleyes:

It's someone not knowing the religious beliefs of the recipient and rather than guess at their religion, they sent out a card that covers everyone. There's no war on Christmas. There's no attempt to de-emphasize the birth of Christ (although the people who turn it into a commercial shopping holiday seem to be one ones doing that). Get over yourselves already.
 

iOrlando

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I should also add that if I was sending cards to someone who was reasonably Christian I would try and send one with "Merry Christmas" and send "Seasons greetings" if they were a member of any other religion.
i get that. i guess my concern is more so over that particular phrase seasons greetings..

1) christian...merry christmas
2) jewish - something related to that holiday (do they even send and receive cards for this)
3) 3 kings - already celebrate christmas to a certain extent, but stress different parts of it...dont see any problem with sending merry christmas.
4) if you aren't religious...why even send that person a card?

so my confusion is with the phrase seasons greetings...i cant seem to find any point or reason to it besides a pure commercial aspect to it.
 

remmy

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I think your life must be pretty good if your biggest worry is the message someone put in a card to you when they hope to wish you well.
 

Rt&Dzine

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Seriously, if you've never heard "season's greetings" before, you must be living in a cave. IMHO it's nasty to return a card. I get Christian Christmas cards all the time and I would never insult the sender by returning their card.
 

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i get that. i guess my concern is more so over that particular phrase seasons greetings..

1) christian...merry christmas
2) jewish - something related to that holiday (do they even send and receive cards for this)
3) 3 kings - already celebrate christmas to a certain extent, but stress different parts of it...dont see any problem with sending merry christmas.
4) if you aren't religious...why even send that person a card?

so my confusion is with the phrase seasons greetings...i cant seem to find any point or reason to it besides a pure commercial aspect to it.
The word season in Seasons Greetings has nothing to do with it being winter, summer, spring or fall. Season references the holiday season, the time when all of the major religions have a holiday and when the new year begins, it just so happens to be in the winter. It's basically saying "Greetings, have a great holiday season!" in fewer words.
 

iOrlando

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I think your life must be pretty good if your biggest worry is the message someone put in a card to you when they hope to wish you well.
i try to understand why people do what they do. thats all. habits rule our lives it seems. i don't use the United States postal service unless I am required to send something in for some government agency such as the DMV. so this card swapping is of interest to me. if you want to wish me well...come visit me...bring me some non-sugared food item, protein, or chicken.
 

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I should also add that if I was sending cards to someone who was reasonably Christian I would try and send one with "Merry Christmas" and send "Seasons greetings" if they were a member of any other religion.
Oy vey :rolleyes:

It's someone not knowing the religious beliefs of the recipient and rather than guess at their religion, they sent out a card that covers everyone. There's no war on Christmas. There's no attempt to de-emphasize the birth of Christ (although the people who turn it into a commercial shopping holiday seem to be one ones doing that). Get over yourselves already.
Personally, I think the card's message should reflect the beliefs of the sender not the recipient. I don't expect a Jewish person to wish me a Merry Christmas, but would gladly accept whatever goodwill they have to offer, in whatever form it's expressed. In fact, I'd prefer they include their own religion, because if they're my friend I respect that part of them and would never expect them to refrain from mentioning it.

I know there are some folks who make it a *huge* cultural war thing. But perhaps it is a *little* cultural battle thing. I think Christians perceive a suggestion that not only should they not say "Merry Christmas", but that they would be bigoted neanderthals if they do. That's hyperbole, to be sure, but I don't think Christian's are inventing it out of whole cloth.

Surely one is not inconsiderate to wish a Muslim Merry Christmas. I think it inconsiderate to expect someone to table their beliefs so as to not offend (via a throw-away greeting, at that!).

And then some people simply take offense at removing something meaningful and replacing it with a banality.

I'm agnostic, and I love it when someone say God Bless You, or may angels guard over you, etc. It's an expression of their best wishes for me. If they feel Christ came to bring me eternal life in paradise, cool. If you're right I hope to see you there, and in the meantime, I will have a good couple weeks. :)
 

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i try to understand why people do what they do. thats all. habits rule our lives it seems. i don't use the United States postal service unless I am required to send something in for some government agency such as the DMV. so this card swapping is of interest to me. if you want to wish me well...come visit me...bring me some non-sugared food item, protein, or chicken.
If you have family and friends who live out of town, it's a lot cheaper to mail a $3 card for 44 cents than to buy a $400 plane ticket to visit. Not to mention if they have a lot of out of town friends and family, they'll need many plane tickets. And time off work to make their rounds :rolleyes:
 

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i try to understand why people do what they do.
Fair enough :).

i don't use the United States postal service unless I am required to send something in for some government agency such as the DMV. so this card swapping is of interest to me.
Its just like a birthday card ;).

4) if you aren't religious...why even send that person a card?
Because Christmas is something that is also celebrated secularly in the UK.
 

iOrlando

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Fair enough :).



Its just like a birthday card ;).



Because Christmas is something that is also celebrated secularly in the UK.
i so there are religious Christmas cards and non-religious Christmas cards, like Santa and Frosty cards. I get it.
 

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I received an email card today that said season's greetings. I sent it back and said you sent this to the wrong person.

Not sure what season's greetings is suppose to mean, and when you think about its a very stupid and pointless phrase.

i can say season's greetings every solstice or equinox throughout the year and chances are I wouldnt want to send you greetings anyway.

why do people do this?
Happy Festivus.
 

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iOrlando

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Where are you from? Are you new to the United States?
no...I just forgot the difference between the two. i should add...i always thought of christmas as a religious holiday, even in the late 1980s. So to me Santa is in a way, religious. So my situation is complicating.
 

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It's someone not knowing the religious beliefs of the recipient and rather than guess at their religion, they sent out a card that covers everyone.
I believe that if you care enough to go through the effort to send a card to someone you know them well enough to ask about their religious faith; if you don't then the thread starter was simply making a point that a generic "seasons greetings" message sounds very politically correct and overtly wishy washy... Secular holidays don't ignore the point of day and issue "seasons greetings" type sentiment; why should Christmas?

There's no war on Christmas.
In the other related thread, we established there was and battles outbreak daily in that war....

There's no attempt to de-emphasize the birth of Christ (although the people who turn it into a commercial shopping holiday seem to be one ones doing that). Get over yourselves already.
It's a minor point those familiar with Christians should fully recognize; we take the Birth of Christ seriously...
 

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It's a minor point those familiar with Christians should fully recognize; we take the Birth of Christ seriously...
Yes, that's why they're standing outside Wal-Mart at 2 in the morning and will trample people to death for 10% off a flat panel TV. All in the name of Christ :rolleyes:
 

rdowns

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It's a minor point those familiar with Christians should fully recognize; we take the Birth of Christ seriously...

So why not celebrate on the date he was really born? Of course I would be in favor of moving it to a Monday or Friday so we can get a 3 day weekend out of the deal.
 

yg17

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So why not celebrate on the date he was really born? Of course I would be in favor of moving it to a Monday or Friday so we can get a 3 day weekend out of the deal.
I am in favor of celebrating the birth of all religious figures on consecutive days so we get at least a week off work. Moses on the 23rd, Mohammed on the 24th, Jesus on the 25th, FSM on the 26th, Bhudda on the 27th. And for the Atheists, we can celebrate the birth of nothing on the 28th.