When someone says “Merry Christmas”, what should I say?

Traveling, spending time with family, and getting everything prepared in time for guests are all adrenaline producing activities.  Emotions during this time (a cocktail of joy, mixed with stress and homesickness) can overwhelm the brain and people might not stop to think, “Wait.  Is this person a Christian?”

So, if someone wishes you a Merry Christmas and you don’t celebrate Christmas, they might not be trying to be insensitive to other cultures or religions.   They might be so busy, they’re not stopping to think, so they just repeat the same adage they’ve heard for years.

Still, the question is, “What should I say?”

One option:

Person:  Merry Christmas!

You: Thanks! You too!

Another option:

Person: Merry Christmas!

You: Merry Christmas to you, too! (stress on the word “you”)

Non-Christian options:

Person: Merry Christmas!

You: Happy Holidays to you.

Many people the world over have at least some time off between December 20th and January 7th.  So another possibility is to wish the person to have a good rest during their well deserved break.  So another non-Christian or non-religious option would be:

Person: Merry Christmas!

You:  Yes, I’m looking forward to the time off.  How about you?



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