These are happy words meant to convey goodwill. All my life-50 years–and 50 Christmases it has been my greeting, or my parting words when leaving a store, a restaurant or someone’s home during the season.
No one has ever gotten offended by my well wishes.
Even when the schools, the 15 years I taught, changed the bulletin boards to read Happy Holidays and the calendar changed to read ‘winter break’ instead of ‘Christmas Break’ I continued on my “Merry” way.
I have been wished a Happy Hanukkuh and Happy Kwanza and I was thrilled to be included in the sentiment.
I have never subscribed to this political correctness in an effort to be ‘inclusive’ of everyone’s differences and avoid hurting people’s feelings.
It seems ridiculous that I would be trying to insult someone by wishing someone a Merry Christmas.
And when the thought police decided to ban the word Christmas–which I love and has so much meaning for me and countless others–they were not worried about offending me or hurting our feelings by ‘excluding’ us.
You see, no one can exclude you unless you allow yourself to feel excluded–and that is all up to how YOU look at it.
Don’t exclude yourself from someone else’s good wishes to you no matter how they may express it–because only you are the one that will miss out.
So when someone wishes me a Happy Holiday, I likewise do not feel offended, I smile and wish them a Merry Christmas back.
This is the season of goodwill and of good wishes and generosity of feelings. Enjoy the season in all its glory!
Because baby, it’s cold outside! Merry Christmas!