To say it or not to say it….that is the question. This topic has sprung up several times around the gathering table…usually after a few beverages. My brother-in-law will say, "Hold your breath". He's of the mindset that saying it puts the obligation on him to say thank you. He didn't ask for the response, nor expect it, so don't bother. Additionally, he usually rattles off sneezes in twos, which ultimately solicits the dreaded double response.
I'm not religious. I never say GOD Bless You. Somehow, someway, I've been conditioned to respond immediately after someone sneezes. I guess it's to be polite more than anything….acknowledging the event. In my head, it's the nice thing to do. Not saying it, might make me out to be someone who is uncaring.
Here is Wikipedia's take.
So what say you good people? Do you say Bless You? GOD Bless You? Ga-Zoon-Tight? What's your reasoning? Is there any….or have you been conditioned like me? Do you expect people to bless you? Are you pissed if they don't? Do you even care?
I feel a sneeze coming on…..