Are you offended by public Christmas decorations?

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Are you offended by public Christmas decorations?

Cherry21 Cherry21
Okay, so this us just a question to see. I know many Americans would throw fits if people of other religions put up public decorations as outrageous and in your face as some people do with Christmas. I personally would find it to be nice, to actually see all the cultures in America actually living with each other. So, are you ever offended by Christmas decor, or Christmas activities?
12/09/2011
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indiglo indiglo
I'm not offended by it, no. And that's coming from someone who doesn't do Christmas.

I'm not offended by the lifestyles other people have, what they choose to believe in or not believe, what they choose to celebrate and so on.

It seems kind of strange to me when people try to make it all about religion and Christ, knowing the origins of all the different customs surrounding the holiday - but to each their own I say!
12/09/2011
onehotmomma onehotmomma
I love love LOVE the different decorations for the different holidays. We used to live in a small, rural farm town, with NO cultural differences whatsoever. The whole reason we moved was I wanted my kids to not be as sheltered as I was as a child. Moving to a big city, I enjoy all the differences. This fall I learned what Diwali was thanks to some downstairs neighbors . I think it's great to see how everyone celebrates.
12/09/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I'm not into all the christmas business, but the decorations don't affect me. Although, I get somewhat bothered by the loads of stuff (for selling) the damn stores bring out in October. The friggin' things end up taking up even more isle space.
12/09/2011
mpfm mpfm
No, I am not offended. I do wish they wouldn't be put out until after Thanksgiving though.
12/09/2011
Chirple Chirple
It's their private property, so I support their right to do whatever they want on it.

I'd be fine with other-religion decorations, too. I've never seen over-the-top not-Christmas lights. I saw a lone light-up star of David on a door once, but that was it - I'd love to see more not-Christmas decorations.

I'm fine with Christmas lights, but diversity is good, too.
12/09/2011
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
I'm not offended, but I am frequently annoyed.

Do a nice, tasteful display, and don't make it intrusive so I can ignore it. If it sings, if it flashes, it's bothering me already.
12/09/2011
kadytheredpanda kadytheredpanda
Quote:
Originally posted by Cherry21
Okay, so this us just a question to see. I know many Americans would throw fits if people of other religions put up public decorations as outrageous and in your face as some people do with Christmas. I personally would find it to be nice, to actually ...
No, not at all. At my college we have decorations and celebrations for Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Three Kings Day, and the Pagan winter solstice celebration (its name escapes me at the moment) throughout the holiday season. I think it's really cool. I love learning about other people's cultures.
12/09/2011
kadytheredpanda kadytheredpanda
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
I'm not offended, but I am frequently annoyed.

Do a nice, tasteful display, and don't make it intrusive so I can ignore it. If it sings, if it flashes, it's bothering me already.
Yes, it's the flashy, kitchy stuff that is annoying. But decorations in general, I'm not offended or peeved for the most part.
12/09/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
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Originally posted by kadytheredpanda
No, not at all. At my college we have decorations and celebrations for Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Three Kings Day, and the Pagan winter solstice celebration (its name escapes me at the moment) throughout the holiday season. I think it's really ...
Yule.

As to the question, I'm offended by how the decorations are executed - just around the corner from me is a Christian service center that has enough lights on their displays to rival Silver Dollar City, especially the twenty-foot-high rendition of the Nativity scene on their roof done in 'stick-figure' strings of lights. The center has quite lovely people and they really help out the community, it's just that their holiday decor is rather tacky.
12/09/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
I'm not offended by Christmas decorations, nor am I offended by the decorations of other faiths. Where do you the idea that "many Americans would throw fits?" The media? The media seeks out the nut wings of society and their extreme beliefs to get ratings. Those portrayals are not reality in most areas.

Most Americans are fairly tolerant people. (Yeah, there are some assholes, but you don't think there are assholes in other cultures? Really? How do you think Christmas or Hanukkah decorations would go over in Saudi Arabia or Iran? Any "fit throwing?" Maybe some death penalties, instead.)

I find your assumptions about "Most Americans" to be a bit naive and judgmental and painting an entire society with one broad brush. Most Americans are not as uptight and intolerant as you portray them.

In the USA Christmas has become a fairly secular holiday. In most public displays, there is little "Christ" in Christmas. As long as it's on private property, people can get as religious as they like. Although, I rarely see anything more than a nativity scene on private property. Such things are simply not allowed in public venues in the USA.
12/09/2011
MR Chickhabit MR Chickhabit
Offended? Naw.

When did "sticks and stones" stop bring applicable? So you are offended, so what? Be an adult, accept it and move on.
12/09/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
As long as it's out after Thanksgiving and not in my face, I don't really care.
12/09/2011
SaraU29 SaraU29
Quote:
Originally posted by Cherry21
Okay, so this us just a question to see. I know many Americans would throw fits if people of other religions put up public decorations as outrageous and in your face as some people do with Christmas. I personally would find it to be nice, to actually ...
I'm not offended by the whole Christmas thing; however, since my birthday's ON Christmas, I sometimes get offended that Christmas always trumps my day.
12/09/2011
Beck Beck
I do not even pay attention to what is in peoples yards, unless it is flying the rebel flag, I am not offended. We have neighbors who think it is appropriate in the city of Cleveland, to put out the Confederate flag, come on grow up and get over it. In any city it is not appropriate, if you want to have that stuff, keep it inside and to yourself.
12/09/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I'd never get offended...but I think there's a limit on how tacky something can be.
12/09/2011
Vanille Vanille
No.
12/09/2011
hyacinthgirl hyacinthgirl
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Originally posted by Beck
I do not even pay attention to what is in peoples yards, unless it is flying the rebel flag, I am not offended. We have neighbors who think it is appropriate in the city of Cleveland, to put out the Confederate flag, come on grow up and get over it. ...
Was it a Confederate Flag (the Stars and Bars) or the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia? I have a friend from Cleveland who didn't know the difference, and was offended thinking it was some white power thing here in Virginia, when it's really not meant to be (except for some morons). The Battle Flag really is a heritage thing to most Southerners I've met - not a statement of racism. I know black people who fly the Battle Flag because they had free ancestors that fought in the Army of Northern Virginia.

As for displays, not offended. If a person has a generally annoying or offensive display of any type, I just take it as a big flag that reads "Hey, we should never hang out". It would be nice to see people decorating more for other holidays, but except for Halloween, there's just not that big a market for house decoration.
12/09/2011
AngelvMaynard AngelvMaynard
Nope! We actually seek them out. We have a tradition of driving around our area to look for the best "Griswold" decorations! The tackier they are the more fun they are to look at and laugh at for us.
12/10/2011
sktb0007 sktb0007
Doesn't offend me.. but then again, I don't get offended by much.
12/10/2011
Cherry21 Cherry21
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
I'm not offended by it, no. And that's coming from someone who doesn't do Christmas.

I'm not offended by the lifestyles other people have, what they choose to believe in or not believe, what they choose to celebrate and so ...
I agree. I do celebrate Christmas, but I'm not too religious. I do know the actual christmas traditions, and the Christian Christmas story as well. I just never seen too many Hanaukah lights, or anything like that, lol. I would like to see a litte more into other religions/cultures holidays though. It would be nice to actually see the diversity that is in America.
12/10/2011
Cherry21 Cherry21
Quote:
Originally posted by kadytheredpanda
No, not at all. At my college we have decorations and celebrations for Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Three Kings Day, and the Pagan winter solstice celebration (its name escapes me at the moment) throughout the holiday season. I think it's really ...
O! I'm so jealous! I would love to see all the different decor!
12/10/2011
Cherry21 Cherry21
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
I'm not offended by Christmas decorations, nor am I offended by the decorations of other faiths. Where do you the idea that "many Americans would throw fits?" The media? The media seeks out the nut wings of society and their extreme ...
Oh, I'm aware of the media's propaganda! I am not being judgemental. I am simply asking. But based on my experiences, "most", as in a whole hell of a lot, of Americans, would be pretty seriously bothered if there were Muslim holiday decorations on a storefront, as compared Christmas decorations ( We did just block a Muslim mosque from being built near Ground Zero, as an American whole.).
12/10/2011
shinypinkstars shinypinkstars
Quote:
Originally posted by Cherry21
Okay, so this us just a question to see. I know many Americans would throw fits if people of other religions put up public decorations as outrageous and in your face as some people do with Christmas. I personally would find it to be nice, to actually ...
No it doesn't bother me. Yes, it would be a problem for lots of residents if people of other faiths put up their decorations in my city.
12/10/2011
authorzero authorzero
Christmas is barely about religion anymore anyway. I don't really get offended by Christmas decorations because Christmas represents capitalism more than anything else at this point.
12/10/2011
ijako9 ijako9
Most stuff nowadays is about Santa and presents not so much about christmas
12/11/2011
SexyTabby SexyTabby
Quote:
Originally posted by Cherry21
Oh, I'm aware of the media's propaganda! I am not being judgemental. I am simply asking. But based on my experiences, "most", as in a whole hell of a lot, of Americans, would be pretty seriously bothered if there were Muslim holiday ...
I don't think you can compare the two and using "most" for decorations isn't reality either. I personally have muslim friends who thought it was inappropriate to build near Ground Zero so...whatever.

Decorations are what they are - we all have them for different reasons and as long as we are happy and secure within ourselves we can all be tolerant of others. People who don't like them are welcome to go elsewhere. I don't go into a store for an education in someone else's religion or my own so it doesn't make a bit of difference to me.
12/11/2011
SaraU29 SaraU29
No; I suppose it takes sincerely offensive subjects to offend me.
12/18/2011
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