It’s an ongoing debate – one that really hits a nerve with some people.
Merry Christmas OR Happy Holidays!? Which do you say? Is either really offensive?
In my opinion, yes.
I may be dumping out a whole can of worms here, but here’s my take on it: If there’s Christ in your Christmas, my omission of the actual word sure as heck isn’t going to change that. And, if you automatically assume that since you celebrate Christ at Christmastime, I must too, well, that’s kind of a big assumption, now isn’t it?
I say “happy holidays” (or even just “Have a great day!”) and I can be found regularly asking people what they celebrate, if anything. I find it interesting, and I think it’s nice to acknowledge that people celebrate all different kinds of things. If I am not familiar with your holiday, that’s even better. Tell me about it, and why it means something to you. But you’re not going to hear a general Merry Christmas out of me, unless I know you well enough to know it’s appropriate. If there’s one thing I’m sure about this season, it’s that Christmas may be a holiday, but it’s not the holiday.
Since I have friends that celebrate in lots of different ways, I prefer to send out very general greeting cards during the winter season. That’s why I always get my cards from Shutterfly. Sure, they offer holiday-specific cards, but they also offer a ton of cards that carry just the happy, heartwarming sentiment I want, without being so specific as to alienate anyone. With their selection of holiday cards and greeting cards, I can feature a beautiful photo and send the same card out to all of our family and friends, sending our love and wishing them the best the season has to offer.
The only problem is narrowing down my choices! I love so many of them!
This may be this year’s winner. What do you think?
Do you wish people a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”? Does either offend you?
Do you believe you should wish people a Merry Christmas even if they may not celebrate Christmas at all?
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