Then, after thinking about it for a while, I decided to go ahead and post this here as well.
Folks, you can post your “it’s not Happy Holiday, it’s Merry Christmas” stuff as much as you want. I’ll still say Happy Holiday, and for a very good reason.
There are several good celebrations at this time of the year. Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa. I honor them all. I don’t remember the dates of them, so I don’t separate it out, announcing just the specific holiday at hand. And I don’t remember which of my friends follow which traditions, because it really doesn’t matter. I “Happy Holidays” everyone, period.
Besides, I think it is rather cool to celebrate with people over the good traditions and peaceful thoughts that accompany each holiday. I’ve been blessed to join parts of each tradition with friends from those cultures, and I find it heart warming to be included.
I guess one way to be sure we are saying the “right” holiday greeting to each person is that we should all wear something to identify which culture we are part of, but gee, that certainly smacks of armbands in WWII Era Germany. Besides, since I appreciate all of these celebrations, I’d have to wear them all. I’d look really silly. And we all know I’m not silly.
So, forgive me my “Happy Holidays.” It’s because I love you, all of you, and I choose to embrace your cultures. I hope you can embrace mine.
With love and joy for all the holidays and all my friends,