I’ve seen my share of counter productive behavior this holiday season. On TV, especially. I’m referring to the greatly misplaced act when people insist on being wished a “Merry Christmas,” rather than the more appropriate “Happy Holidays.”
Think about it, whether intentional or not, wishing others a “Merry Christmas” may make one feel recognized, sure, but what about those who don’t regard the same traditions as “you?” And could possibly feel, uncomfortable or slighted by such a salutation?
What about Hanukkah, Ramadan, Eid, Kwanzaa, or any of the other reasons people observe personally significant times of the year? Do they not deserve respect or recognition, too?
I was under the impression the expression “Happy Holidays” was meant to include Christmas and other such holidays, no? I know, it doesn’t really. But it’s the effort that counts. Exclusion is a poison most, in this privileged society will never have to swallow. Good for you, but what about those who do?
Why do people wish everyone a “Merry Christmas,” when such a greeting really only applies to, roughly a sixth of the worlds population?
That said, if you’re in any such position to, have yourselves a good one…