Christmas Spirit In'Ya Face!

Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 16:11
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I was born in Australia nearly 49 years ago and have never lived overseas. Both my parents are Australian as are their parents. None of them have ever lived anywhere else. I am married to an Australian born and raised man, and both his parents were born in Australia - both still living at 91 years old in NSW. My grandmother was one of 14 kids in a pioneering family of the suburb where I grew up and went to school. They were dairy farmers. My father in law went to both wars and was a navigator in the Airforce. He flew in Papua New Guinea in a bomber.

Through birth, heritage, and lifestyle I am a true Aussie. By the time I was 30 I had travelled more of Australia than most people will in a lifetime - including some of you. By the time I was 32 I had named my business - ExplorOz. My vision is to encourage other people to get out and see the real Australia - the beauty and adventure of exploring this wide vast harsh land.

So I don't need to be told what is the "correct Australian Christmas greeting". I think I am Aussie enough to just say whatever comes instinctively. I'm a bloody Aussie and I'll say it as it is!

So when I wrote the last ExplorOz newsletter for the year yesterday, explaining that the office was closed, I also wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I also gave recognition to those that have become disillusioned by the over-commercialism of Christmas and highlighted that the point of Christmas is to try to focus on espousing the principles of the Christmas spirit, which despite any particular religion you aspire to, or even if you lack religious faith (like me), you can still practise the principles of patience, forgiveness, selflessness and compassion towards others. But it seems this was wasted on some of our readers...

Like the majority, my holidays start soon - and the Christmas/New Year week is well known as the holiday period as most businesses close over this time of year. So in my personal sign off I said "Happy Holidays" as that is what I am looking forward to right now - and what I hope you will have too.

So imagine my surprise to receive 2 emails of complaint this morning - from people who have taken offence to my choice of words. To them, "Happy Holidays" is un-Australian and they felt so angry about it that they sent us back an email to complain. Oh p-lease!

What has happened to people these days that now we have to criticise how we give well-wishes to one another. There is no correctness to wishing someone a happy holiday - so what is the big deal?

It makes me wonder what else do these people complain about?

If this simple phrase is deemed "un-Australian" then I suspect you have both have completely missed the point of what being an Aussie is all about and I will bang my head on my desk and go and have a very long break from "working with the public"!X@#%*

It's Christmas folks - don't get so pent up over it with political correctness! It's time to chill. There are better things to do than seek blame and vengeance on your mates.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 16:15

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 16:15
Just as I hit submit, I received another email - this time from the Australian Data Tourism Warehouse. In this, the CEO Mark Williams wishes everyone a happy holiday too.
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Follow Up By: jbhorne@bigpond.com - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 16:59

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 16:59
Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year, Michelle
Happy holidays.
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 07:48

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 07:48
I was going to write a whole heap...........................Hey it's Christmas! I like to think I still have some common sense? :)

A short time for hanging up the Rage Against The Machine boots and put the slippers of happiness back on.
I plan to wear those slippers as much as I can now days.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and have a Safe & Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Every Day to All!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: Member - John T (Tamworth NSW) - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 16:57

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 16:57
Hi Michelle

HAPPY HOLIDAYS ( no I am not shouting) to both you and David and Adele from us in Tamworth NSW. We trust that no political correctness will spoil your break from EO.

Cheers

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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 17:08

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 17:08
Wow!

I think it is tragic that a person has to defend themselves in this manner.

Personally, I use the name of the holiday in my greetings and salutations - this is my personal choice. I also accept the personal choice of others in the way they choose to make a greeting or salutation.

Everyone has the right to an opinion and everyone's opinion is always right, at least in their own eyes. I often engage in vigorous debate with family, friends and colleagues when there is a difference of opinion. But I always respect their right to their opinion.

Michelle, I thank you for your holiday wishes and I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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Reply By: Member - Bigred13 - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 17:32

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 17:32
Hi Michelle , David and Adele ,Happy Holidays to you from us ,and thanks for the letter about some people taking offence at you wishes .I really think that too many people now days have to get on the Internet and say things that they may not even think of saying to your face .
All the best to you and your family over this holiday season
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Reply By: Life Member TourBoy, Bundaberg - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 17:58

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 17:58
Thanks for the kind wishes Michelle.
I believe that Happy Holidays is more of a U.S term and that may upset some sooks, so I will say to the sooks, "have a happy holiday", to the rest "happy holidays"
In any case enjoy the spirit of the season, be kind to each other and drive safely.
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 18:00

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 18:00
Well look on the bright side Michelle , at least you know they read the newsletter ??.
Enjoy your holidays
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Reply By: Member - JOHN C16 - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 18:18

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 18:18
Political correctness. Bah, humbug!

The keyboard warriors who complained should put on a happy face.



It's Christmas. Cool Bananas!

Happy holidays to everyone in Australia.

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Reply By: Member - RUK42 (QLD) - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 18:42

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 18:42
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas and Kool Yule to Michelle, the Team and everyone else!!
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Reply By: eaglefree - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 20:46

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 20:46
Hi Michelle,

Unfortunately our wonderful seasons greeting term of Merry Christmas has come under threat by the do gooders playing fiddle to minority religious groups to satisfy them. This is where the "happy holidays" came from.

Although I disagree with this new term if it is used to replace our traditional words of kindness, I suspect the two individuals that sent you those objectionable emails had automatically thought you had dropped your aussie values into the box of the politically correct. Frankly had I read your sign off, I would have thought the same.

These objectors are afraid. They are genuinely of the belief our traditions are eroding away. If anything their misunderstanding is proof of their patriotism.

This recent threat to our Christian (and non Christian) traditional best wishes has many of us jumping behind our sandbags ready to defend by whatever means necessary at a time when we should unite.
That's enough of my views, I see both sides. Have a happy holiday during your Merry Christmas. And emailers...chill out, take a long camp shower and realise.....two words don't define Australians.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 22:56

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 22:56
Patriotism? Lol. The 'right wing' outrage on this topic is hysterical - promoted and fanned by idiotic shock jock talkback radio. The moral is - check your "facts" and don't be sucked in by dill brains like Dutton and Hadley. "Traditional Xmas" (which has always been many different things to different people across the country) is alive and well, even if a few outraged grinches would have you believe otherwise.

Merry Xmas, Prosperous New Year and happy and safe holidays to all.
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 21:21

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 21:21
Michelle,

Ignore them.

If they had read your whole newsletter they would have seen the Christmas graphic, the traditional Christmas well-wish and your wonderfully thoughtful words that followed, and a nice sign-off.

They saw only what they wanted to see, and there will always be a few of those.

Don't sweat the small stuff :-)

(OMG, I think that is one of those objectionable phrases. OMG, I said OMG. OMG!!!)

To all in the EO organisation, I for one value what you do and your dedication to it.

May you and your families have a happy Christmas and safe travels in a prosperous New Year.
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Reply By: Kym D1 - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 22:12

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 22:12
Happy Holidays Michelle!

EO rocks. You guys rock. Full stop
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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 22:35

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 22:35
Gday Michelle
I was born here well before you and David.My parents were as well and i remember my dad saying "happy holiday" and he was old as the hills. I havent read your news letter yet. So you and yours have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday .
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 23:06

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 23:06
Yeah...'ave a good one. :-)
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Reply By: Paul E6 - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 23:45

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 23:45
Merry Christmas all and happy birthday Jesus.
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Reply By: D-MaxerWA - Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 00:00

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 00:00
Have a Happy Christmas, a Merry New Year and merry happy holiday and another happy holiday after that one etc. until you have all your happy holidays.

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Reply By: Member - Bigfish - Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 07:52

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 07:52
I really dont care where anyone is born. I,ve known people born and bred here who need sending off to another country asap!! If you look out for your mates, help the community, take good care of your family, dont trust politicians, pay over inflated taxes, can take a joke and not easily offended then your welcome into this country. To all those who look upon political correctness as the saviour of mankind...take a running jump!

I wish every member on here a merry xmas and to have a great holiday if you are lucky enough to be having a break.

Keep up the good work Michelle and David.
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Reply By: Member - Woodsy - Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 08:23

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 08:23
Hi Michelle and all of the ExplorOz team and members

Have a happy whatever. Who cares what you call it

Don't let the grinches spoil the moment

Enjoy the season with your family, loved ones and friends. Get out and party hard and I hope you all have a gloriously happy whatever

Happy 4 wheeling

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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 16:19

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 16:19
merry Christmas and a happy new year to you Michelle
and the team at exploroz ,if they don,t like,they can lump it
cheers mechpete
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 18:44

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 18:44
Crikey and stone the flamin' crows it isn't how you say it that counts but the thought behind.

'Ave a good one!

In days gone by some of these internet keyboard warriors would have been recognisable at the end of the bar, sipping on a pony and complaining about everything - and no one listened back then!

To all the EO crew and its many followers "happy holiday". We've got the greatest gift on earth, Australia - enjoy your break!

Cheers, Baz - The Landy
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Follow Up By: D-MaxerWA - Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 23:01

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 at 23:01
Sipping on a pony, you are showing your age. Do they still serve pony's? Don't usually go to the pub, but when I do, I get a pint.

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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Thursday, Dec 22, 2016 at 08:25

Thursday, Dec 22, 2016 at 08:25
Gday
Its called a "shot" these days Col
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Thursday, Dec 22, 2016 at 10:28

Thursday, Dec 22, 2016 at 10:28
I can remember in my younger days working in small country towns and seeing "old blokes" in the bar drinking a pony!

Must admit I'm a pint man!

Cheers Baz
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Reply By: Member - Ups and Downs - Friday, Dec 23, 2016 at 08:46

Friday, Dec 23, 2016 at 08:46
2 objectors out of how many thousands of members, and casual viewers, and such a huge response. Seems like a nerve was touched.

Being an oldie I like to cling on to traditions but it's a losing battle in this technological, interconnected world. Those who adopt the latest 'in' words are in the majority so I have to just bite my tongue and ignore it. Probably my parents and grandparents had the same thoughts about our changes to 'their' language.

So as we 'move forward' 'guys' here's to a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Friday, Dec 23, 2016 at 20:31

Friday, Dec 23, 2016 at 20:31
Yes mate it fired me up as I put a lot of thought into how I word things for publication. I may not get it right but I try my best. I just thought about how someone could actually send a complaint! I had to post this to see if I had lost my marbles but seems most of you feel they are just grinches and that has helped me laugh it off. You must understand I have a lot of sway with the public perception of ExplorOz so I take all complaints seriously. We have a theory here - for 1 complaint/problem equals 10 others that just weren't communicated so I don't ever discount any complaint.
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Reply By: Member Kerry W (WA) - Friday, Dec 23, 2016 at 10:14

Friday, Dec 23, 2016 at 10:14
Michelle, Well said!
Im sure the ones who complained are very unbalanced in their perceptions (very left brained for that matter).
I SAY THIS BECAUSE THEY OBVIOUSLY READ YOUR WORDS BUT FAILED TO SEE THE THE MERRY CHRISTMAS PICTURE JUST ABOVE THE FEW WORDS THEY COMPLAINED ABOUT.

This is a complete failure to see the forest for the trees.
It seems at the moment there is confusion for some about our national identity for fear of offending someone. This is not an issue for many of us true blue aussies who have been around for a while.
However a certain degree of brainwashing has been going via political correctness perpetuated by the political parties, media, universities and many armchair warriors. This has impacted too many people who are marginally in touch with our national identity leading to confusion and rethinking of what is proper and correct.
What your critics may have reacted to is the RECENT trend in some schools and at some public events, is for "Merry Christmas" to be completely SHUNNED for the so called "politically correct" term .... "Happy Holidays".
Which incidentally you did not do.
We really need to preserve our unique larrikin sense of humour and ability to shrug off adversity in our lives - especially in these days of comparatively easy living....
Below are 2 links to a video of John Cleese giving his thoughts on Political Correctness (same vid 2 links just in case one link does not work)
https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom/videos/10153596674478527/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAK0KXEpF8U
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Friday, Dec 23, 2016 at 20:33

Friday, Dec 23, 2016 at 20:33
Thanks Kerry as always appreciate you sharing your views and ideas.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Friday, Dec 23, 2016 at 10:55

Friday, Dec 23, 2016 at 10:55
I wonder how Australians who have maybe 400 generations that preceded the present one living in this country feel when they read about the "newcomers" getting their knickers in a twist regarding what is the correct form of address for the coming season/holidays.

Anyway, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all, whatever your race, colour, religion, or lack of, political persuasion, sexual orientation or whatever.

Sorry if I have missed any group, classification, minority, majority or "other".

And have a nice day (;=)))

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Chris - Friday, Dec 23, 2016 at 19:32

Friday, Dec 23, 2016 at 19:32
Well put Michelle, agree with you all the way.

Regards
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Reply By: nickb - Sunday, Dec 25, 2016 at 17:08

Sunday, Dec 25, 2016 at 17:08
What a pair of tossers.

Have a great break, whatever you do or wherever you go!!!
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