December is fast approaching and thoughts are turning to our various holidays, and these days that gives way to the inevitable discussion about ‘holiday’ greetings.
Over the past number of years I’ve seen an increase in the number of “It’s not Happy Holidays, it’s MERRY CHRISTMAS” posts. The frustration that leaps from these posts is palpable. I think some of this stems from those who feel that ‘their’ holiday has been usurped by another, or worse, commercialism.
Whether your faith or belief system is based in deep religious roots or a certainty that Santa does live at the North Pole, it should not be so easily shaken that you rail against a ‘happy’ greeting. Instead of touting one greeting over another, we would do well to recognize that no matter which one is being used, it comes from a place of affection and warmth.
I think that we are immensely fortunate living where we do, and when we do: our melting-pot-cities and societies are made up of many traditions and holidays, and this is what gives our lives richness and depth. Let’s embrace it, not fight it.
So when someone wishes a Happy ____, Merry _____, or Great_____, smile and say ‘Thank you. You too!’ Because it’s the sentiment that counts. It’s the thought behind the words that count. It is how you say it, not what you say, that counts.
It is, after all, meant to be a season of warmth, celebration and goodwill.
Happy happy, merry merry to you all!
*with grateful thanks to Dave Lieberman for creating the chart and Joey DeVilla for posting here.