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    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 4th Dec 17, 1:54 PM
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    Christmas greetings - or not?
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    Christmas greetings - or not? 4th Dec 17 at 1:54 PM
    It's the time of year when, as a small business, we like to wish a Merry Christmas to our clients/colleagues and people in general that we've worked with.

    However, we work worldwide, and it's likely that many of the people we work with don't celebrate Christmas. What's the accepted thing to do? As a quick example, out of 24 sub-contractors that we deal with regularly, 4 are Muslim and one is Hindu. It seems rude to not send some sort of seasonal greeting when we'll be sending greetings to the other 19, but equally wishing them a Merry Christmas seems a bit odd. There's no gifts involved, just purely greetings sent via email/LinkedIn.

    Thoughts and suggestions welcome - in particular a form of words that would work for everyone would be much appreciated!!
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    • paddyrg
    • By paddyrg 4th Dec 17, 4:39 PM
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    Just wish them a Merry Christmas and don't overthink it! You're not going to cause anyone offence much as you don't get offended if a Hindu brings in sweets to wish you a happy Diwali. Celebrating one another's festivals is a good thing
    • 00ec25
    • By 00ec25 4th Dec 17, 5:01 PM
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    as above, if "they" take offence then "they" are not the sort of customers you should have. The Hindu and the Muslim in our office are delighted to be included in "seasons greetings", and reciprocate for their festivals
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 4th Dec 17, 5:04 PM
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    I would run with Seasons Greetings, no offending anybody there.
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    • phill99
    • By phill99 6th Dec 17, 8:10 PM
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    All Muslims I know don't have an issue with Christmas. They accept that it is a Christian based holiday and respect it, just the way the Jews and Hindus do. Some of my Muslim neighbours also celebrate Christmas because of their children being in multifaith schools.

    As above, don't over think it.
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    • Comms69
    • By Comms69 7th Dec 17, 12:01 PM
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    Unless they have their own religious holiday around this time - afaik only the jewish faith coincides - I would say merry Christmas.
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