When I was a little kid, I told everyone I knew during the month of December to have a Merry Christmas. My parents, kind and generous people, did the same thing to their friends, and the gesture seemed to be appreciated. I suspect that’s how I picked up on it, but by the time I reached middle school, the pattern changed. I’d acquired a few Jewish friends along the way, and while they never told me not to say Merry Christmas, they said Happy Holidays, and I kind of liked it better. It seemed more all-inclusive. Following their lead, I rolled with the more generic expression until a few years ago when something happened that made me question my stance.

Maybe it’s because of my beard, or maybe it’s because I just look that part, but a few years ago, someone random told me to have a Happy Hanukkah. I wasn’t the least bit offended. In fact, I kind of liked it. Even though I don’t celebrate the holiday, the person who told me clearly did. It meant something to him; so, I took it as a nice gesture rather than a sign of disrespect. If someone told me to have a lovely Kwanzaa, I’m sure I’d feel the same way. That’s why I’m no longer opposed to saying Merry Christmas. Sometimes I say that, and sometimes I say Happy Holidays. It just depends on my mood, since I’m pretty sure there’s not a right answer, at least for myself. Some people, however, think it’s highly offensive to assume strangers will have a Merry Christmas, while others think the very phrase Happy Holidays is a sign of how overly PC society has gotten.

What do you think? Do you say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or both? Let us know by voting in the poll below…

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