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User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3180 posts, RR: 19
Posted (11 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1271 times:
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Hey all

Just a random observation I thought I'd share with you, something that has become my pet peeve of the week- why is it that even though EVERYBODY around me knows that I am Jewish, still manages to wish me a Merry Christmas?

Its not that it offends me, it doesnt, its just that I dont fully understand why the natural presumption is that I am going to be catholic... I mean, sure, we (as in Jews) are outnumbered greatly, but still, is it so hard for people to say Happy Holidays over Merry Christmas (unless of course your in their house standing next to a gigantic tree with lights)...

I know this is mostly me just venting a little, but Im curious to know your take on this issue...

Im ready to be flamed, but hopefully, y'all will look at this without accusing me of being a racist or whatever else may conjure up inside your heads...

Happy Holidays
Ben

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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1265 times:

I think its because "Merry Christmas" doesn't really have anything to do with Christmas anymore it seems. Its used in the same way as "Happy Holidays."

User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2521 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1255 times:

I think most people are just trying to be polite, no harm intended. By just saying "thank-you" mention that you are Jewish, all should be well.

I do agree that "Happy Holidays" is more of a generic greeting and can be used.

See......one reply down and no flaming! However, I will not hold my breath!

Rgds,

Greg



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User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3180 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1251 times:
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Without a doubt I understand the politeness factor, and I take no offense when people say it, infact, i appreciate when something is said at all, shows compassion- an object that seems to be fleeting from society... its just kind of annoying overall

JBLU


User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2521 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1249 times:

Most people assume that when I attend mass with my wife that I am Catholic, but I am not. Bugs me also!!!!!

My pet peeve of the week: people that drive for 100 miles with their turn signal on!!!!!  Big thumbs up

Rgds,

Greg



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User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1243 times:

My pet peeve ....

Walking down a sidewalk towards 3 or 4 people who are walking towards you shoulder to shoulder, covering the whole sidewalk, and they expect YOU to get out of their way!

NOT!

I just barge right through them. Big grin


Chris  Smile



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User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1220 times:

I hate the walking thing. Another pet peeve is people that don't know what to do at a 4way stop or a yield sign.. but my biggest pet peeve is fingerprints on a monitor... DON'T TOUCH THE MONITOR DAMNIT

User currently offlineAvt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1216 times:

Does that mean I shouldn't say Happy New Year to my Chinese neighbours?
Personally I'm happy people say Merry Christmas. Some are so damned scared of offending someone, that saying the "C" word is taboo! BTW, what does catholicism have to do with it? Surely all Christians celebrate Christmas?


User currently offlineSophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1177 times:

I think a lot of times how there is so much Christmas stuff what about Hanakah? I bought some Happy Hanakah stamps the other day just because I feel like there is too much Xmas everywhere and it's sickening. I used to go to a Jewish school and it was always 50/50 with both all season so it's weird to me not to even have anyone around that I know who is jewish. and actually the jewish friends I have celebrate Christmas!

User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1162 times:

My pet peeve is having to be PC all the time! If I know somebody is Jewish, I will definitely wish them happy holidays. But I hate not being able to just say Merry Christmas to somebody if I believe they are Catholics. When I wish Merry Christmas to somebody, I don't do it for the religious significance, but rather the holiday season which I see as a means to get family together.

Anyways, Merry ..., oh, Happy holidays to everyone!  Smile



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User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

Current pet peeve:

Not getting to flights I want to show up on AA.com's reservation screens.


User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11793 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

When I am at work, I don't know if a customer is Jewish, so I just avoid the whole thing and only say 'Thank you, come again.'

In relation to another thread: My pet peeve is if a cell phone conversation is so dang important then finish it before ordering. It is not my fault when I read it back and all I hear about is who is going with whom to the dance or who is sleeping with whom or how important this contract is blahblahblah then I get someone screaming in my face five minutes later because 'I am alergic to all dairy products/tomatos/lettuce/onions/beans/meat.' Some people....

GO CANUCKS!!




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User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1153 times:

Cell phones are another pet peeve. What is so damned important you can't focus on driving, walking, whatever task you are doing. There are 6 simple words people need to learn, they are: CAN I CALL YOU BACK LATER. Personally I do have a cell phone, I use it almost like a pager, I see who is calling when I am doing something, I call them back when I have a free moment and typically keep the conversation under a minute. I see people every day that have their cell phone glued to their ear all the time and I just have to wonder what is so damned important.

User currently offlineYbacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

I second yours, Startvalve!!

Other than that (which is a REALLY big one), girl's whos necklace clasp is in the front drives me crazy.



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User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

The cellphone thing... It's like Startvalve read my mind! I hate them! Being from Sweden, the country of cellphones (Ericsson ya know...) I'd love to see our government legislate against using them while driving! Some countries have already done that.

Yeah, I'd also refer my cell as a pager...  Big grin

Happy Whatever You Are Celebrating!

johan



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User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1087 times:

My cell phone pet peeve is people who use them at a dinner table, be they at home or at a restaurant. If the call is really that important that you must take it, excuse yourself from the table. Now how many calls are really that urgent that they can't wait.

Ditto for cell phone use in a theater.

The best ever is a cell phone that went off during church. The person had the audacity to answer it. The priest stopped the mass and said, that's ok. Let's put God on hold so that you can answer you phone.

Funniest thing I ever saw at mass.

Happy holidays, Merry Christmas and a blessed Kwanza (sp?) to you all.

-76M


User currently offlineIamcanadian From Canada, joined May 2001, 734 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

What is with everyone and their political correctness? Why can't we all just accept that some people believe in different things, celebrate different holidays, or just do things differently in general? Christmas is an internationally recognized holiday, but sometimes for different reasons. For example, many people just see christmas for it's commercial side (ie. shopping, food, and christmas specials on tv), while others (such as myself) see it as a time to remember that Jesus Christ was sent to earth as a baby born in a manger. So unless you want to wear a sign around your neck that states "I'm Jewish!", or anybody else for any other religion, for that matter. So let's all gather around the CHRISTMAS tree (not the holiday tree) and sing CHRISTMAS carols and accept that this holiday is not a time for political correctness, but a time for acceptance!

Merry Christmas!
Mike



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User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3356 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1058 times:
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My pet peeve is the same thing about touching the monitor... If you want to touch the monitor, go touch your own not mine!!

Happy Holidays!

Leo/ORD



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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1023 times:

Man, most of you should take Prozac!
Or therapy.
Or Both.


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16365 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1013 times:

something that has become my pet peeve of the week- why is it that even though EVERYBODY around me knows that I am Jewish, still manages to wish me a Merry Christmas?

Its not that it offends me, it doesnt, its just that I dont fully understand why the natural presumption is that I am going to be catholic...


No offense, but there are only about 6M Jews in North America...out of over 300M people. That makes you about 2% of the population. Translation: you live in an overwhelmingly Christian society....so get used to hearing Merry Christmas. Sorry....just a fact of North American life.

btw....most Christians in North America are NOT Roman Catholic....they're Protestant.




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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 20, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1011 times:

-People, usually Europeans, referring to text messages on cell phones as 'SMS.'

-That it took me 1 hour and 20 minutes to get home from work today (Luna and 635 to Northwest Hwy and the D.N. Tollway), when my average drive is 25 minutes.

MY NUMBER 1 PET PEEVE OF ALL TIME IS THIS: When the pump at the gas station is missing the little auto-hold lever.



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1006 times:

Tomorrow we are going to a "Christmas Party" at our cousin's house, who is Jewish, and his wife converted to Judaism many years ago...I can't quite figure it out...

Greg



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User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1011 times:

Thsi is obviously bthe biggest problem in the world right now. How insensitve, this is blatant anti-semitism. When will the rest of the world learn to-
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO LOLOLOLOLOLO LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO LOLOLO LOLOLOLO LOLOLOL LOLOLOLOLOLL

Sorry, I just couldn't hold a straight face anymore.

"Oh my God, people are wishing me blessings for a day that doesn't evne apply to me! Oh my God!"

Shut up. They mean well, get over it.

Merry Christmas,

-Phil



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User currently offlinePl4nekr4zy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 465 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 998 times:

My Pet Peeve of the week has gotta be that people actually LIKE "That Milkshake Song"... Yeah, there was a thread about that song not too long ago. Man, it drives me crazy, it actually made it to the top 5 at 8 or whatever on the radio... I know I can turn off the radio, and I do whenever I hear that song, but it never fails to get stuck in my head. Damn I think it's coming back now. Absolutely one of the most pathetic attempts at music I've ever heard, and the sad thing is, it was a succesfull attempt. What the hell people like it! What is the world coming too? That song is corrupting us all...  Insane

For those of you who don't have a clue what I'm talking about, consider yourself lucky. For those who do, I hope you agree with me.



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