Happy Holidays – Oops!
For some, “Happy Holidays” is an irritating greeting. They believe that only “Merry Christmas” will do, as it befits the Christian religion. However, it is worth noting that Christmas was co-opted from Scandinavian groups, Germanic tribes and Celts who celebrated the Winter Solstice (the longest night of the year) and called the holiday Yule, or Juul. Yule is still celebrated by many.
Then, there is the African holiday, Kwanzaa, the Jewish holiday, Chanukah or Hanukkah, the Swedish holiday, St. Lucia Day, Bohdi Day for the Buddists, Yom Kipper for Sunni Muslims and Jews, and many more. In my opinion, using the phrase “Happy Holidays” reflects respect for those living in our multi-cultural nation. The greeting is well intentioned and respectful of all faiths and cultures.
In this unfortunate time where chaos and conflict are emphasized, let us remember to be inclusive and kind. Wishing others “Happy Holidays” is a great way to include everyone in the holiday spirit.