December is almost here and our 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, and I find these unfortunate. The frustration that leaps from these posts is palpable, but I’m not entirely sure where it comes from – when any greeting is given in warmth and friendship we ought to receive it the same way.
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 worrying which greeting is used, we ought to recognize that the words (no matter which ones they are) come 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 ____ or Merry _____ smile and say ‘Thank you. You too!’ Because it’s the sentiment that counts. It’s the thought behind the words that count. It’s how you say it, not what you say, that counts.
It is, after all, meant to be a season of warmth, celebration and goodwill – so let’s spread some cheer!
Happy happy, merry merry to you all!
*with grateful thanks to Dave Lieberman for creating the chart and Joey DeVilla for posting here.