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Nixing Xmas from holiday cards is overcompensation

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Every year at Christmas, I encounter people who are particularly zealous: "Merry Christmas! Oh, no, you're not celebrating. I mean, happy holidays!"

Yes, as a German with Turkish heritage who comes from a conservative Muslim family, I did not grow up celebrating Christmas. For my family, the holiday was just a long weekend. We watched the Four Hills Tournament ski competition, Little Lord Fauntleroy and, of course, Three Wishes for Cinderella. That was Christmas for us.

Erkan Arikan heads DW's Turkish department

Now, I ask myself every year why people are so careful to not wish me a Merry Christmas. I, too, look forward to the holiday season: That's when the people around me think about their religion at least once a year.

I enjoy the contemplation and the deceleration. Christmas grounds people, at least those with whom I deal from day to day. It's a nice feeling. Every year, my family and I are happy to receive Christmas cards from our friends, just as we likewise, send out Christmas greetings — not because we have to, but because it is a form of decency to respect the religion of others.

Integration, Migration and Refugees Commissioner Annette Widmann-Mauz was acting with honorable intent when she omitted "Christmas" from this year's holiday cards; her aim is to not hurt, offend or........

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