What's in a Greeting

by Melissa Brunner

A debate began several years back when the powers that be at some corporations told employees they needed to be more politically correct and avoid greeting people with "Merry Christmas" this time of year. "Happy Holidays," the bosses said, was more inclusive and respectful to those who perhaps don't celebrate Christmas.

Agree or disagree, the fallout from the discussion has had me receiving calls and emails from time to time whenever I choose to say, "Happy holidays!" No, we're not under orders to avoid saying "Merry Christmas." I've just always used both phrases pretty much equally. When I say "Happy holidays," it has nothing to do with political correctness. I simply like to extend warm thoughts for people to enjoy all the holidays that fall from Thanksgiving on past the first of the year, no matter which set of holidays your family might observe. I guess that's why I am surprised by how vehemently some people react to hearing "happy holidays." (A few Facebook posts come to mind.) It would seem that being intolerant of "happy holidays" is similar to being intolerant of "merry Christmas."

Anyhow, that's my two cents on why I use "happy holidays" - along with merry Christmas! - I want you to enjoy the whole month and more! What are your thoughts on the subject?


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