It happens every year, you visit stores and everyone is saying “Happy Holidays” to you probably starting in November. Too many people are worried about offending another person that it’s no longer acceptable to say “Merry Christmas” to a customer in a store, or to someone in passing walking down the street. Last year I recall going into Walmart and other stores to find that most every cashier was saying Merry Christmas! I was excited, happy and it was exciting to see that for once it was a merry season in the stores!
I get it, many people celebrate a variety of holidays, yes it is true, but I know if someone said to me Happy Hanukkah I wouldn’t get offended, because I would realize “oh that must be what holiday they celebrate”. Who cares, to me the words Happy Holidays is fine when shopping, the only reason is because to me it covers Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years all in two simple words.
The problem that I have is that now companies are pushing the phrase “Happy Holidays” onto consumers in creating a variety of Happy Holiday decorations and less Merry Christmas decorations. Last couple of years we had looked for a Merry Christmas sign that lights up to add to our lights we put up on our house and do you know how hard it was to find that saying?! It was extremely difficult!
I get it, we are a very diverse culture, the United States of America is the land of the free, the brave and we all have different customs & traditions since so many people from other countries have moved here. I get it, I respect that, but what the heck is wrong & offensive with saying Merry Christmas to another person during the Christmas season? Would it bother you if someone were to say Merry Christmas to you if you celebrate a different holiday or no holiday at all? To me I would accept it as a kind gesture, a seasonal greeting and an act of kindness for one to say Merry Christmas to me.