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Same for me, only ever seen it mentioned on websites. Suspect that like may Xmas "facts" that do the rounds every year, someone made it up and all the rest copy it without any checking.
By way of an example, looking for a quiz tiebreaker question, I recently found a "fact" on a company website about three popular Christmas songs and how many times they would be played in the UK on radio over the festive period.
After a quick google of "How many radio stations in UK" and firing up the calculator, it transpired that if the stated answer was correct, every radio station in the country would have to play one of the three songs once every 5 seconds, 24 hours a day for 40 consecutive days.
[pedant mode]Well ... no. A sidereal day is ~ 23H 56M 4S - hence leap years - but even if you take the "generally accepted" day of "24 hours" the "real day" is different because the earth's rotation is slowing - most are around 40ms longer than that.[/pedant mode]
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I am going to be very out of character and observe:
Why is it that it has become a "crusade" as to what words of cheer are given to who and when?
Isn't ing great to just get something positive once in a while? No additional cost or strings attached?
Risking soapbox level: The alleged "war-an-xmas" is just plain bogus. Always was. A political rallying cry to try to draw support with, for lack of concrete values, tapping into creating unwarranted offense. Like many things, repeat it often enough and it begins to take on the perception of truth. All I need to do is look at any street - pretty much anywhere in the US, and I can see that there's all the seasonal recognition you can ever want (and more). Except for those who insist that everyone believe as they do. That, by the way, has absolutely NEVER GONE WELL.
Bob's got a funny hat and is attempting to electrocute himself to some and expected to come down the chimneys bearing gifts to others.
Time we, at least on CP (and perhaps more clever than many others of our species), take the lead by no longer being duped. Who in their right mind would take offense at being wished a "Happy Holiday" . . . without some degree of brain-washing to convince them that "Good Will" is offensive!
"Everyone" has some reason to see this as a joyful season - why look for ways to ruin it?
I'm pretty sure that's because the 21st of December is the first day of winter and not the first day of Christmas
That said, I tell people "happy holidays!" because:
- It applies to everyone.
- I'm not a Christian myself.
- To me it's not just about Christmas, but a Happy New Year as well (which is also a holiday, or at least a day off work).
- They are holidays and people use "holidays" and "Christmas" interchangeably anyway (even the ones that don't make an issue out of Christmas).
A Dutch shop recently advertised with "Happy Holidays!" and a lot of people got butt hurt because they preferred the word "Christmas".
The shop explained that it meant all holidays in December (we have Sinterklaas on December fifth too, but that has become another political debate because of "Zwarte Piet").
Anyway, you can't say anything these days because people are whiny little bitches