Here at peoplepolitico.com I would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday season. Yes, you read that right, Happy Holidays.
- Felices Las Posadas
- Happy Channukkah
- Happy Day of Ashura
- Happy Eid-al-Adha
- Happy Hogmanay
- Happy Kwanzaa
- Happy St. Lucia’s Day
- Happy St. Nicholas Day
- Happy Wintertime
- Happy Yule
- Meri Tennō tanjōbi
- Merry Bodhi Day
- Merry Christmas
- Merry Midwinter
- Or any other of the many seasonal greetings.
There seems to be a common misconception that if you do not wish people a Merry Christmas during the month of December, you are somehow demeaning or slighting Christians and their particular holiday of Christmas. However, saying “Happy Holidays” has nothing to do with slighting Christians. Instead, it easily includes more of our fellows, Christians and beyond, offering a more rounded and universal holiday greeting. It is a sign of respect to everyone, including Christians, acknowledging the wide and varied beliefs of those around you. This country might be predominantly Christian, but there is no reason to exclude those that are not.
Saying “Happy Holidays” shows respect for neighbors, children, grandparents, co-workers, and all the other various people that surround us in our everyday lives. We all have different backgrounds, different beliefs, and different ideas about the world.
This greeting is meant to be a warm, friendly saying to wish people a happy season, regardless of a person’s individual beliefs.
So the next time you want to wish someone well during the holiday season, remember if you are not sure of a person’s beliefs, saying “Happy Holidays” should be a welcomed greeting. Those who insist on using one particular greeting may be causing those who do not celebrate that particular holiday to feel excluded. We live in a country whose main tenet is inclusion of people from many different cultures. Our country was founded by people who wanted to exercise religious freedom, and be free from religious persecution.
The intent of a more inclusive greeting is to hopefully make someone else’s day better, and show that you accept those around you for who they are. Offering those around you goodwill and acceptance makes the world a better place. Isn’t that what the holiday season is all about?
Happy Holidays from People Politico