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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays, for me

Part 1 of 8 by Glenn Littrell
Why I Will Be Saying ‘Happy Holidays’ This Year:

In the past, it has been my practice to extend best wishes during November and December in one of three ways:

  1. If I don’t know a person's religion or depth of religion, opinions, or views on religion, I would say ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘have a nice holiday.’ I did this out of courtesy, a thing called ‘good manners,’ a desire to not offend. Now, if you want to call that ‘political correctness,’ go ahead. I don’t care.*
  2. Whenever someone extended a holiday greeting to me, I responded in kind. Whether it was Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, or Merry Christmas.
  3. Occasionally, with friends and in light-hearted moments, when someone extended a greeting, I might respond with ‘same to you’ or ‘back at you.’ For anyone who finds that offensive, then let's be sure not to discuss how I pray. You might have a stroke.

In 2011 and Beyond

This year and in the future, my practice will be to extend best wishes during November and December in one of three ways:

  1. Happy Holidays
  2. Happy Holidays (except the 20th of December to Christmas Day, when I might say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or respond in kind if a different greeting is extended to me).
  3. Occasionally, with friends and in light-hearted moments, when someone extended a greeting, I might respond with ‘same to you’ or ‘back at you.’

…here’s why:

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If you're not outraged by the commercialization of Christ and Christmas, how can you be upset about someone choosing between “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas”?

10 Things Christians Shouldn’t Do At Christmas

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