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December 23, 2007

Getting Carded

Filed under: Bill Bickel, Chanukah, Christmas, Christmas cards, Clear Blue Water — Cidu Bill @ 10:13 pm


This is by no means a critcism of this comic, because it’s funny, but… Why is finding “a non-offensive generic holiday card” even a real enough problem that it needs to be a subject for humor? None of this is brain surgery: You send Christmas cards to Christians. You send Chanukah cards to Jews. If you believe your Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and atheist friends will feel slighted, you can always find a New Year’s card or something non-holiday-related.

If this is too much trouble for you, then don’t send cards. If you don’t know your friends well enough to know whether they’re Christian, they probably shouldn’t be on your list.

And Ms. Montague-Reyes is right: A card like this respects nobody’s holiday.


  1. Meh, and they’ve already been beaten to the “ChrismaHannuKwanzikah” joke by about a million other people, including Virgin Mobile, who used it in commercials, like, two years ago.

    People really need to get over themselves with the “Oh noes! We can’t celebrate Christmas because we have to worry about people getting offended by it! War on Christmas! War on Christmas!” nonsense. I see a hell of a lot more people complaining about oversensitive people being offended than I see actual oversensitive people being offended. And the only ones I do see crying about being offended are the psychopathic Christians who lose their minds if you dare to not know their religion by looking at them and wish them a “Happy Holidays”. Where the hell are these mythical Jewish people who are so offended by people celebrating Christmas?

    Comment by Count Shrimpula — December 24, 2007 @ 4:41 am

  2. I agree with Bill You send Christmas cards to Christians. You send Chanukah cards to Jews. I don’t think that anyone in their right mind would send this kind of card out to their friends.

    Count — It’s not necessarily about people who are offended, it about respecting the idea that not every one is Christian. Starting in September, we are told to start thinking about Christmas, by December 25th we are being bombarded with the holiday and all its meanings — religious and secular. Is it really too much to suggest that when dealing with people you don’t know, that it is more respectful to wish that person a “Happy Holiday” ?

    BTW — the black gentleman depicted on the card looks like one of MY friends — LOL

    Comment by Nicole — December 24, 2007 @ 8:43 am

  3. Nicole, I don’t think you and Count Shrimpula are in disagreement.

    I suppose the advantage of such cards is that you don’t have to buy more than one type of card. I know a Jewish family who got a Christmas card, where the sender had thoughtfully scratched out the part that said “Merry Christmas” and written in “Happy Hannukah.” They thought it was pretty hilarious. I guess if you only know one Jewish family, it’s not worth it to go out and buy a pack of Hannukah cards. 🙂

    Comment by x23 — December 24, 2007 @ 11:08 am

  4. I know, Nicole. I have no problem with people saying “Happy Holidays”. It makes sense to say that when you don’t know the religion of the people you’re saying it to, and the reason it makes sense is because it’s respectful of the fact that they might not be Christian. Just like you said.

    My point was the “War on Christmas” people seem to have invented these mythical Jewish people who will cry oppression if you dare to mention the word “Christmas” in their presence, and so now Christians aren’t allowed to celebrate their holiday for fear of offending people of different faiths. Which is, of course, nonsense. As you mentioned, Christmas is everywhere. Christians are ~85% of the country so no one is oppressing them (or if they are, it’s other Christians doing it, not the powerful Jew/atheist lobby).

    Boy, if you watch enough Fox News though, you could certainly get an interesting idea of how terribly oppressive it is to be a white Christian male in the United States, eh? Those guys really have it tough.

    Comment by Count Shrimpula — December 24, 2007 @ 11:12 am

  5. I resolve the whole card issue by not sending ANY cards at the holidays. If I see, talk to, or email one of my friends in November, December, or January, then I wish them the appropriate good wishes for the season. I don’t see any need for a collossal effort to write a personal note in and sign a whole bunch of cards for people with whom that’s my only contact! I’ve seen how much stress the whole card thing causes people I know – not to mention the additive cost and the time – and it just seems crazy. There are enough stresses around the holidays that you can’t avoid, so why pile more onto that?

    Comment by L.B. Wylie — December 24, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

  6. Even as a Christian my view is that you don’t have to be a Christian to celebrate Christmas. The holiday is a lot different now, and the way it is currently portrayed is a day where you can spend time with your family, give gifts, cook a big meal, and either enjoy their presents or be annoyed to death by them :). While my family may celebrate the birth of Jesus on that day, I’m not expecting anyone else to. I know lots of people from many religions who celebrate Christmas because they think it’s a good and fun holiday.

    So yeah, it’s not a big deal. I usually send out non-religious Christmas cards unless I know the receiver is religious or Jewish or whatever. If they complain about it I’ll send a different one, but I don’t see how it’s a big deal.

    Comment by Lindsey ^_^ — December 24, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

  7. I’m not offended when someone sends me a Christmas card, but I do think it’s rather silly to whine about “discrimination” when the only thing that’s being harmed is someone’s sense of ultra-entitlement.

    Comment by Blurgle — December 24, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

  8. I think I’m going to send 4th of July cards next year.

    Comment by bAT L. — December 24, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

  9. I suppose generic cards are useful if you’re a business sending stuff to your clients and customers. That doesn’t seem to be the case in this strip.

    As a non-mythical jew, Christmas looks like a pleasant holiday. I see no reason to be offended by “Merry Christmas” wish from someone who didn’t stop to ponder my religion or is on holiday-wish auto-pilot.

    I just wish youse’d limit the holiday to a day. Or 12 days. The 3-month “Christmas Season” is absurd. Does dashing through the snow in mid-September really put you in a shopping mood? The stores think so.

    Comment by DPWally — December 26, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

  10. The war-on-Christmas crowd tends to do idiotic things, like picket stores that hang “Happy Holidays” signs before Thanksgiving.

    They’re basically saying “I demand that you wish me a merry Christmas”. I don’t see how a person or a store is obligated to wish you anything. But more than that – if someone wishes me “Merry Christmas” in mid-November, it’s clear that this is a sales pitch, not a Christmas wish.

    “I demand that you cheapen next month’s holiday by using it to sell me stuff.” That’ll put those anti-Christmas people in their place.

    Comment by DPWally — December 26, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

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