Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings are fine salutations for strangers in passing I suppose. True heartfelt greetings should never be a matter of political correctness.
It would be impossible to rattle off all the holiday greetings out there – from Merry Christmas to Happy Hanukkah and everything in-between. Rather than be offended that yours wasn’t expressed, make a choice to embrace the spirit in which a greeting was given. I say Merry Christmas because Christmas is the holiday I hold most dear. Wishing someone a Merry Christmas was never meant to seem offensive or as some intentional form of exclusion. People don’t say Merry Christmas to be hurtful. They say it because of faith, their faith. Faith is such a personal expression of spirit. Faith fills my heart with joy and love for all, and that’s what I am sharing. A heart filled with love and hope for the world.
If you are Jewish, please feel free to respond with Happy Hanukkah. I am not offended. I am humbled that you thought enough of me to share what is in your heart. The same goes with Kwanzaa and a whole host of greetings. While Happy Holidays or Season’s Greeting may seem all-inclusive, those phrases are also generic, one-size fits all and completely impersonal.
The word Holiday comes from Holy-Day. Holiday greetings should express that. Openly accept from others all the good wishes that might be outside our own beliefs. Holy salutations are little blessings. And let’s face it, after the year we’ve just been through, we could all use a few more blessings.
As for those of you who don’t believe in the existence of a creator, while I firmly disagree, I respect your choice. Why not try sharing what you do feel in your heart for your fellow human kind? Make it personal. Make it count.
After a year of isolation with all its difficulties, let’s not spend precious moments of human contact tiptoeing around all the politically correct cancel culture landmines.
Merry Christmas! Peace be with you, and with your spirit now and forever.