|Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||Rebecca Pickering||12/23/13 7:22 PM|
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|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||I.con||12/24/13 4:58 AM|
Christmas isn't a holiday? Maybe it is easier to say 'happy holidays' than to say 'merry Christmas and a happy new year'?
Maybe not everyone uses the nomenclature that you would prefer, and that is just fine?
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||ABC_News||12/24/13 5:42 AM|
I've been wondering this for the last few years and inquiring to Google about it, but I'm giving up now.
Google just doesn't want to say Merry Christmas, and they never will. This argument comes up every year and they still continue to use "Happy Holidays", even in 2013 with the unique situation of Hanukkah ending almost a month before Christmas.
For what it's worth, Merry Christmas from me!
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||Susan Colson Morson||12/24/13 10:01 AM|
Have a lovely day ~~~~~
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||SJoe1||12/24/13 10:35 AM|
I hadn't noticed all these years but Google's bias is becoming more obvious with the passing of every Christian festival. Google's miss on Easter doodle was funny! What's so offensive about wishing everyone a Merry Christmas? There wouldn't be Christmas without Christ and there wouldn't be a holiday on 25th without Christmas, so what's the harm for wishing people a happy Christmas? Anyway, merry Christmas to people who are not offended for wishing Merry Christmas!!!
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||jayreg||12/24/13 12:19 PM|
There's no bias here, people!! Google doesn't do ANY religion-specific Doodles--no Kwanza, no Chanukah, no Yom Kippur (Jewish equivalent of Easter), no Hindu holidays, etc.
"...there wouldn't be a holiday on 25th without Christmas"
My Christmas will be merry no matter what anyone says to me--I will make it so!!!
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|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||SJoe1||12/24/13 12:32 PM|
Well, actually I know google doesn't really determine whether or not I am gonna be merry. And thanks, but I do know the Christmas history. It is not about whether or not Christmas we celebrate today is the real Christmas. It's just the symbolic representation for which the day stands. Yes, if Google doesn't want any religious affiliation, I am all for it. Let is stop saying happy holidays on Christmas eve and Christmas day. Let it also stop saying Happy Halloween then (which whether you like it or not has religious affiliations). Let it just leave a plain Google logo for all religious (religion affiliated) days. They don't have to create a politically correct logo, which only makes them look funny. If they can't celebrate Christmas for what it is, let them not celebrate it at all. However, if they want to join in the spirit of Christmas, let them do it properly.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||jayreg||12/24/13 1:00 PM|
"Let is stop saying happy holidays on Christmas eve and Christmas day."I'm fine with that. It would actually make them more fair. However, I return to my point that there isn't some Google bias/conspiracy against Christmas. It got more recognition (albeit indirect) than any other religious holiday.
We can get into a longer discussion about Halloween, but that just seems too off-topic here. You have a point that it could be argued, but I think the religious affiliation is loose and tangential in modern Halloween (unlike Christmas). Plus, Google also does Santa Tracking, which to me is akin to recognizing Halloween (i.e. the mystical part for kids, not the religion).
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||SJoe1||12/24/13 1:20 PM|
Fair enough. Google should either celebrate a religious festival or not and it should be totally unbiased towards everyone. Its a technology giant, and it going out of the way to dilute the meaning of a very popular religious day is kind of annoying.
Regarding the santa tracking, that's even more pathetic, as they wouldn't want the word Christmas because a real historic figure (if you believe in Christ that is) may offend someone but they want to keep encouraging the fantasies of little children (who apparently know how to use google santa tracker but also believe in santa clause with flying reindeer!!). I don't think it is a very responsible way to acknowledge a festival that holds sentimental value for millions of people in this world. Either wish Christmas for the real reason or at the very least, stop diluting the significance of the day. I'd rather have a plain google logo instead of a white washed happy holidays on Christmas eve and Christmas day. I understand lay people diluting the real meaning of a day, but not a technical giant like google. They are sending a wrong message through their doodles. Respect other people's sentiments by doing nothing, or doing everything... this cat on the wall approach is really bad!
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||bluequoll||12/24/13 1:23 PM|
A small point perhaps, but worth noting: it's only the Christmas Eve Doodle saying "Happy Holidays from Google", which vaguely makes sense.
The Christmas Day Doodle says " 'Tis the season! ", at least on the Google Australia search homepage, google.com.au.
Still, it would be nice to see our local traditional greeting, "Merry Christmas", on our local search homepage.
P.S.: Merry Christmas to everybody, translated to whatever greeting you prefer!
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||jayreg||12/24/13 1:38 PM|
Mouse-over on your link is Tis the Season, but clicking it still gives you Happy Holidays search.
For the record, I don't care about anyone saying "Happy Holidays" to me (even when Chanukah is over)--particularly sales people! However, it is indeed silly for Google to do this specifically for the 24-25th in a year when nothing overlaps. However, their generally consistent policy of no religious-based Doodles makes sense to me and isn't surprising given the number of Google users in the world.
What I found really funny is that clicking the image gets you to search results for Happy Holidays, which is nothing but the "Merry Christmas" versus "Happy Holidays" discussions and news articles. Usually I like the Doodle because it educates me about science or something historical that is interesting. This one does nothing except highlight this cultural discussion.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||SJoe1||12/24/13 2:00 PM|
You nailed it. That's exactly my point too. Google is creating an unwanted rift in an already sensitive issue. Like it or not Google is a technology giant and a search engine many people use. Christians love their festival just as Muslims love their's and Jews their's. Either celebrate it right or don't celebrate it. There is no two way about it. The right thing for google to do would be to totally not include any religious celebration in its doodle. However, if it does, let it create something that is appropriate for the vast majority who do actually celebrate the festival. If they create a doodle for Ramadan, let it really be a ramadan doodle... not some white washed version of doodle that doesn't offend others who don't celebrate Ramadan.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||—Steve—||12/24/13 3:35 PM|
"Maybe it is easier to say 'happy holidays' than to say 'merry Christmas and a happy new year'?"
Only if you're wishing someone a greeting over both the Christmas and New Year's holiday period..... Google is only putting this logo up for Christmas, they will have an entirely separate Doodle for New Year's Eve as they do every year, and of course it will say "Happy New Year".
Happy Holidays is fine and even a nice gesture when you are referring to the entire festive period, but when you are putting up a logo specifically for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and still saying the generic greeting, especially when you will say Happy New Year a week later, you are being overly politically correct and downright disappointing. A cheery "Merry Christmas" on their logo would have made me smile.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||Flu8||12/24/13 4:57 PM|
Merry Christmas Rebecca.
Jesus Christ was born, died and resurrected for you too! As a Christian, I have an allergic reaction to "Happy Holidays"; it is an insult to my faith and the nature of December 25 as celebrated by billions of Christians worldwide. Google's politically correctness is a testament to the weak double standards of secularism as it seeks to remove God from everything imaginable, while forcing Christians to celibate, not just tolerate, everything secularist or otherwise; we then wonder where He is when tragedy strikes (economic meltdowns, terrorism, environmental disasters, global warming)... Look in the mirror. Blessings are all around us as we deny God and seek to be gods ourselves in such fears in great selfish, self-serving delusional egoism, envy, greed and pride.
"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names."
"If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things." —K'ung Fu-Tzu (Confucius)
"Political correctness is tyranny with manners." —Charlton Heston
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||ABC_News||12/24/13 5:09 PM|
Google Japan's doodle links to a results page for "Christmas":
I don't see why this is not permissible for Western/English-speaking countries?
Come on Google, it's just one day. Merry Christmas.
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|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||bluequoll||12/24/13 5:55 PM|
As an interesting exercise to show just how ludicrous this situation is, take the tool-tip (mouseover) for the Doodle on the Google Denmark search homepage and type it into Google Translate with an output language of English.
"Glædelig jul fra Google" is unashamedly translated as "Merry Christmas from ...." right up until you type the "e" at the end of "Google". The translation then instantly changes to "Happy Holidays from Google"! In fact, put any company name in place of "Google" and the translation is always "Merry Christmas from ....".
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||skurys||12/24/13 6:37 PM|
Gotta love how facts and "merry no matter what anyone says to me" gets downvotes.
Basically "Y'all say Merry Christmas or you can f--- off!" Amirite? lol funny Christians.
Jesus didn't start the saying Merry Christmas nor did he have anything to do with Christmas trees. Christians did that later because they decided to. They have as much right to do so as any other faith or lack thereof has to say whatever greeting they want. The difference is I don't give people shit for not plugging my personal holiday of choice, cuz that would be kind of a dick move. But hey. This is par for the course it would seem.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||—Steve—||12/24/13 7:06 PM|
95% of Americans celebrate Christmas, only 75% are Christian. Only 51% say it's a strongly religious holiday for them, the rest celebrate secularly. (source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/145367/christmas-strongly-religious-half-celebrate.aspx).
I'm sure the numbers are similar elsewhere. I'm an atheist and I celebrate Christmas. It is no different than St. Patricks Day or Halloween, which are also "Catholic" holidays from pagan holidays originally, but Google still recognized them by their name.
Yes Google can say whatever they want, but why ignore this holiday? Especially if you're putting up a logo specifically on December 24 and December 25? Google doesn't do that for any other holiday, so it can be construed as disrespectful to do it for Christmas. People are just expressing their concern about it, why are ypu caricaturing them as angry southern American Christians? You do realize that Christmas is celebrated in other countries too, and the original poster is probably not even from America (because he said "Happy" not "Merry" Christmas).
Are you saying you'd be okay if Google put up a logo every Ramadan and called it "happy holidays" with vague generic images?
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||EasyWheels||12/24/13 8:54 PM|
Thank you Joe. Right . No Christ would = no Christmas. So why try to leave out Christ. Merry Christmas to all.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||Riv B||12/24/13 9:14 PM|
Wait, wait, Jesus was not born on December 25th though, so we are not really celebrating him or his birth. No one knows the approximate date of his birth.
|Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||Terresta Harper||12/24/13 9:22 PM|
AMEN! They are afraid of standing up and being Christ like!
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||njchicago||12/24/13 9:39 PM|
This is simply NOT true. They do religion specific doodles.
They did a hannukah doodle. They did an Eid doodle and they did a divali doodle. They've actually gone out of their way to do doodles for every major reigious holiday EXCEPT the Christian ones.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||me31000||12/24/13 9:46 PM|
Back in the day, say the 60s, Dec. greeting cards said Happy Holidays. I believe we understood that the sender meant to send us well wishes for both Christmas and New Year's Day since the holidays are so close together it didn't make sense to send separate cards. People lighten up.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||Helyan||12/24/13 10:45 PM|
Why is google afraid of Christmas?? It is unable to just say "Merry Christmas" for fuck's sake! I, like many others here online find it offensive that google ignores Christmas & instead says "Happy Holidays" WTF does that mean??? Easter? Thanksgiving? (Not that we have that here in Aussi) IT IS CHRISTMAS. GET OVER IT!
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||Terry Swan||12/25/13 8:25 AM|
Why does the Google Search doodle not say Merry Christmas? The designers obviously are trying to take advantage of the holiday, even using a Christmas tree but refuse to acknowledge the actual reason for the holiday. Silly and quite offensive actually, if a person is a Christian.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||A True Progressive||12/25/13 9:51 AM|
Google has an amazing ability to change the daily doodle on a daily basis, so Google could say "Have a Merry Christmas" on Christmas, "Happy New Year's Day" on New Year's Day. Sound logical?
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||Sze Ling Wong||12/25/13 10:00 AM|
completely in agreement :)
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|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||jayreg||12/25/13 1:49 PM|
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||wendy home||12/25/13 9:55 PM|
Hi, Christmas was started by the roman early christians to coincide with the pagan midwinter festival.
Also santa is short for Saint Nicholas who was an actual saint who gave to the poor. His name has been changed over time and his image.
So happy Christ Mass, there is no getting round this one, it's the celebration of Christ's birthday, it's the official date and we celebrate it in New zealdnd and it's mid summer here.
It's a beautiful spiritual festival.
My family has cut way back on the gifts, because it's so commercialised and we try to give more to the needy at Christmas and we pray for them and all the people round the world who are suffering. (There is a lot of that!!)
But Christmas is still a lovely peaceful time here in New Zealand.
It wasn't so commercialised 20 years ago, and everything absoloutely stopped for 2 days at least for Christmas and 2 days for New Years.
I think the world needs more spiritual values, not less!!!
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||wendy home||12/25/13 9:56 PM|
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||I.con||12/26/13 10:16 AM|
Wendy, let's bring some facts to your post, shall we?
The roman celebration was not created by early Roman Christians, in Rome it was an adaptation of that previously-pagan cultures' midwinter holiday, 'Saturnalia'. These midwinter holidays have different names and traditions to different cultures, but all celebrate the 'return of the sun' (the day/night ratio beginning to favor day). Saturnalia is a festival in honor of Saturn, who is supposed to have ruled over the 'Golden Age' before the time of the Olympian Gods (in which resources were bountiful, time was unchanging, etc...). Like a lot of Roman mythology, the story of Saturn is more-or-less a direct reworking of the Greek story of Cronus. The 'Christmas' of the early Roman Christians is much closer to Saturnalia in tradition than modern Christmas and various derivations of the celebration were decried by Christian leaders as pagan and hedonistic.
So yes, Christmas is Christianity's version of the midwinter holidays that have been and continue to be celebrated by cultures that differ from your own. Just because your brand of Christianity has lost grip of the shared imagery and metaphor with other celebrations and have chosen to concentrate on what you believe to be the factual birth of a messiah figure, doesn't allow you to change the global history of the holiday or the 'why' of its being adapted for Christianity.
PS: as one of the most important celebrations for nearly all European cultures (surviving half of winter and hopefully surviving the second half...a half which promises more sun, more warmth, and bounty to come) Christianity adapted many pre-Christian European practices and traditions as a way to ease the transition from various pagan beliefs to Christianity...well, that and killing large numbers of people but that's not really the topic of your post (how and why Christmas came to be a Christian holiday).
PPS: You seem to have skipped a step from 'Saint Nicholas' to 'Santa Claus'...mainly the one where Sinterklaas has been adapted to parts of Europe from the middle ages onward...many of the current 'Christmas' traditions take directly from this holiday and have as much to do with the birth of someone's messiah figure as anthropomorphic rabbits have to do with a man being tortured, killed, raised, and eventually flying into the sky.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||SJoe1||12/26/13 10:40 AM|
Agreed, and no one is arguing he was born on December 25th. The day has symbolized Christ's birth for long time. Yes it had a pagan history but that pagan history is no longer celebrated. We can celebrate the pagan history if people still cared about it but for some reason, no one does. Anyway, given that 25th is the symbolic day of Christ's birthday celebration and given that even 24x7 walmarts are closed on December 25th on account of the symbolic celebration of Christ's birthday, I wonder what would make people crazy enough to not acknowledge the reason for the celebration.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||SJoe1||12/26/13 10:49 AM|
@I.con, I come from a different culture and I am not American. I am Asian and I have seen pagan celebrations. And yet, even in a majorly pagan culture from which I come from,December 25th is acknoledged as the symbolic celebration of Christ's birthday and Easter is recognized as the symbolic celebration of Christ's resurrection day. Buddhists, sikhs, muslims, hindus, people from all religion except a few atheist who ridicule me for my faith (not all atheists) wished me a merry Christmas. However, America, and google in america for some reason believes wishing merry christmas is offensive. Its really laughable and pathetic!
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||Susan Colson Morson||12/26/13 10:55 AM|
Un subscribe. Me. Stat
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||I.con||12/26/13 10:59 AM|
Who said it was offensive?
Happy Holidays is just fine and was until some people decided they could capitalize on an easily outraged section of the population. This was never some grand scheme, it is just a cheerful greeting.
What is pathetic, people who choose to greet one another how they enjoy or people who get outraged because the greeting others choose isn't the way in which they think everyone should greet everyone else (be it anger over Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays)?
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||I.con||12/26/13 11:05 AM|
And PS to SJoe:
There are a whole bunch of people who do still care about and celebrate paganism -in many different ancient, updated, and modern forms. Are you really pretending nobody cares about those traditions simply because the numbers of one group are larger than the other?
Lot's of assumptions about things you seem not to know much about.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||SJoe1||12/26/13 11:39 AM|
Really, last year, when I was in USA during christmas, I took the liberty to wish a lady in the parking lot a very merry Christmas, because that's what we do in my country and that's what I saw in many western countries including United Kingdom. That lady was visibly offended and with a rude facial expression she shouted back a "Happy Holidays". Now that in almost every culture is called offended. Not sure what you people in America call it.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||I.con||12/26/13 11:44 AM|
That was my point, she was offended by 'Merry Christmas', and that was pretty pathetic. You were just trying to be nice.
If you had said 'Happy Holidays' and she had been offended, she would be pretty pathetic in that circumstance as well. Again, you would have just been trying to be nice.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||I.con||12/26/13 11:45 AM|
One lady in a parking lot does not a consensus make.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||SJoe1||12/26/13 11:49 AM|
Of course you did not read my comment properly, because even after saying I have seen pagan celebrations and that people around me do care about paganism, you seem to believe I don't understand paganism.
Since you seem to understand everything so well, can you please enlighten us with which other festival was celebrated this year on December 24, 2013 when Google decided to put on its doodle that read out "Happy Holidays"? And because I am under lot of assumptions and you are not, while you are it, can you also please clarify how Google justifies its bias for Halloween doodle while according to Wikipidea there are so many other important and prominent festivals celebrated on that day - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_winter_festivals#October. Need to remember that Halloween too has pagan origins.
Also, I don't mind the happy holidays at all if it was meant in generic terms to cover all festivals or to suggest the holiday season starting the month of December, in which case, a Happy Holiday doodle in the first day of December would be beautiful! Let google keep a plain logo for the 24th and 25th. Google choosing to wish everyone a happy holiday on Christmas Eve when there is no other festival on that day is wierd... it is not about whether I am a christian or an atheist... people who really understand the meaning of unbias would understand what I am trying to tell without blaming me of making assumptions.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||SJoe1||12/26/13 11:58 AM|
Nope, my opinion is not based on one lady in a parking lot. My opinion is based on a lot of people I've come across in America who feel uncomfortable wishing Merry Christmas because they think they might offend someone in the process. Personally, I have seen a lot of people wanting to wish Merry Christmas but quickly change it to "Happy Holidays"just to be safe. Even worse, people don't even wish one another anything because it could be politically incorrect. I am not telling this to ridicule America or Americans... I am also not telling it without understanding the culture of America and other countries. I have lived in few Asian countries, spent one Christmas in UK and one Christmas in America. Of all places, Christmas in USA was the most difficult one. Comparing few Asian countries I have lived in, and comparing United Kingdom to America, only America for some reason thinks wishing Merry Christmas is politically wrong while Happy Holidays is more polite. Actually it is difficult, especially to someone like me who comes from outside. America maybe trying to be politically correct, but in the process, it looks really awkward and sometimes even hostile.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||I.con||12/26/13 12:08 PM|
I was referring to the pagan history you specifically stated that nobody cares about and that is no longer celebrated. Did I misquote you when you said,
"Yes it had a pagan history but that pagan history is no longer celebrated. We can celebrate the pagan history if people still cared about it but for some reason, no one does."?
I didn't say you didn't understand paganism, I said that there are still people who care about and celebrate the pagan holiday we were discussing. I say you make assumptions about things you don't understand in reference to the above quote, not about paganism in general. My mistake if I wasn't clear about that; making it it's own paragraph probably detached it from my intended meaning.
And I don't understand everything well and I don't agree that another holiday landing on a the specific date has anything to do with 'happy holidays' being a completely acceptable way of wishing someone a merry Christmas...but for the sake of argument: Mōdraniht was celebrated on Christmas Eve this year.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||I.con||12/26/13 12:12 PM|
Eh, I have lived in the country for 26 years (in a rather religious area) and Happy Holidays was never an issue, and neither was Merry Christmas. Sorry for your unfortunate experience.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||SJoe1||12/26/13 12:33 PM|
Yeah maybe that caused the confusion. Regarding pagan history that I mentioned people don't care about, I should have carefully worded it. Yes, there maybe people celebrating it whom I have never come across. When I said people don't care about, there isn't a group actively reclaiming 25th to be celebrated as a pagan festivities day. Or maybe there are, where lot of people keep telling that Christ's original birthday is different so it should not be Christmas anymore. What ever the case, a vast majority of people, worldwide (maybe not in the USA) still accept and celebrate 25th as Christmas day. Whether we like it or not, Festivals are celebrated by its prominence in today's world... like Halloween. There are other religious festivals falling on the same day... and yet Halloween is giving prominence because that's what most people celebrate in USA.
Regarding what is the correct way to wish... As I said, I come from culture where religions and festivals co-exist. USA's diversity is nothing compared to the culture I come from. Every street has almost every religious person living in it and there is real co-existence. And yet, how do people wish in my culture? If it's ramzan, people wish Happy Ramzan. If its Christmas, people wish Happy Christmas. If it's New Year, people wish Happy New Year. Maybe its a cultural thing. Happy Holidays by any standard is too generic and vague... like every Sunday is a holiday. So which holiday are we talking about here? The festival has a name, call it what it is for the sake of the people celebrating it. It's not intolerant or rude or anything. Its just special and makes a person smile! I am never offended when someone wishes me a happy holidays in USA. It's just that its vague and really doesn't make me think it was a Christmas wish. I just think its a wish for the whole December month and had nothing to do with Christmas. I am happy someone wished me happiness although not specifically for Christmas.
|Re: Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?||Ken Sherman||12/27/13 4:23 PM|
Christmas is actually a controversial topic believe or not. You can even check this out on Wikipedia as it explains "The War on Christmas" especially when you notice the usage of the term "Xmas" and its misconceptions. Google prefers to appeal to the 'masses' with the usage of "Happy Holidays", "'Tis the Season" and so forth and/or as to not offend those who do not (openly) support or celebrate Christmas. Generally speaking, this is for religious, political reasons or both as this is a sensitive topic according to many. Thus, as an authoritative company, they may feel responsible to tailor to the general public. The original intent for the doodles themselves are for fun and not a requirement.