A friend and I were talking the other day, and before we got off of the phone there was a short silence that led us both into saying “Happy Holidays.” Then we confessed that we didn’t really know what to say because we weren’t sure what the other person celebrated. After a good laugh we agreed that it doesn’t really matter, and that we should just say whatever we felt like saying. After a couple of “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” comments we hung up.
I think it’s great that we as a society are being more respectful of one another. I also think that it’s getting a bit out of hand. Believe me, I’d rather have it too PC (politically correct) than not PC at all. It all comes down to intention though. If I were Jewish or Christian and somebody wished me a sincere “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” I would be grateful that they took the time to do so. I certainly wouldn’t get upset that they had good wishes toward me just because it was a holiday I didn’t celebrate.
This is a season when people get together with friends and family that they may not have seen for a really long time. It’s a season of giving and caring for others. Are we really going to allow that spirit to be thwarted because we’re afraid of saying the wrong thing? Give me a break people! Just say whatever you want to say! Give me a “Happy Hanukkah” or a “Happy Kwanzaa”, I’ll be excited that you even tried!
Should we just say “Happy Holidays”? Should we convert to “Happy Merry Christmakwanzakah”? I actually kind of like that one actually. What do you all think about this?