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Christmas Card Etiquette?

This year, we did a personalized photo holiday card that says Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. A handful of LO's friends are Jewish and don't celebrate Christmas. Would it be offensive to send them a card? 

Since there are several people in LO's playgroup that do celebrate Christmas, I would prefer to either send a card to all, or a card to no one in the group (with stronger preferences for the former).

Re: Christmas Card Etiquette?

  • Ok, so I started reading this and thought - heck, it's about the kids - who cares. But then I thought... some people read into the messages on cards. So... I don't know. 

    I'm a teacher that understands the "one or none" idea. But, maybe when you receive the cards - you can cut the front off and mount the fronts onto another card that says something nonreligious..... just a though.

     

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  • I am Jewish, so I don't send Christmas cards (ours say "Happy Holidays" or "Happy New Year"), but I love to get them! Nothing offensive, to me, in being included in someone else's holiday :)

    ETA: Maybe you can make sure to wish them a happy hanukkah when you see them in person, so they know you understand that they don't celebrate Christmas. 



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    I am Jewish, so I don't send Christmas cards (ours say "Happy Holidays" or "Happy New Year"), but I love to get them! Nothing offensive, to me, in being included in someone else's holiday :)

    ETA: Maybe you can make sure to wish them a happy hanukkah when you see them in person, so they know you understand that they don't celebrate Christmas. 

     

    And then there are lovely people like the above in the world that make any holiday fun, no matter religion. Go you! 

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    imageBirdies08:

    I am Jewish, so I don't send Christmas cards (ours say "Happy Holidays" or "Happy New Year"), but I love to get them! Nothing offensive, to me, in being included in someone else's holiday :)

    ETA: Maybe you can make sure to wish them a happy hanukkah when you see them in person, so they know you understand that they don't celebrate Christmas. 

     

    And then there are lovely people like the above in the world that make any holiday fun, no matter religion. Go you! 

    Ha ha, thanks! Isn't the point of holidays to have fun? ;) 



  • i added   happy hanukkah   in blk sharpie to the bottom and mailed it that way to our jewish friends.

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  • We celebrate Christmas, but if I received a Happy Hanukkah card from Jewish friends, I certainly wouldn't be offended.
  • DH is Jewish and doesn't celebrate Christmas, but I'm not and love Christmas. :). I'm the one who's into sending cards, so they're Christmas cards. We have four recipients who don't do Christmas, in the past I've just mentioned in my note inside that this is the lamest Hanukkah card ever, and continued on with the greetings. This year I actually took a second photo of LO chewing on a dreidel in front of a pile of gelt, and I'm sending out that version to our Jewish family/friends instead.
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  • My Jewish and Muslim friends know that I celebrate Christmas, and they like to get the cards, especially if they have photos - it makes them know I thought of them - plus they love the photos! I say send them!
  • we send "merry christmas" to everyone on our list, which includes jews and muslims.  it's not like you're going out and personally selecting a card for your non-christian friends.  you ordered a whole bunch, and i think most people know and are ok with that.

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  • My jewish (and other) friends get offended if I leave them off my Christmas card list. We actually just had a facebook conversation about it and so many ppl commented. In my circle, people are not offended by Merry Christmas.
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  • I think every one gets the idea that its really about the sentiment and being included rather than the actual phrasing, at least that is how I always view it.
  • Or your cards could just say Happy Holidays and you avoid all this altogether.
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