When I greet a friend who celebrates Christmas, I wish them a Merry Christmas. When I greet a friend who celebrates Hanukkah, I wish them a Happy Hanukkah. When I don’t know, I wish them Happy Holidays. It’s quite easy to forget that there are those who don’t celebrate Christmas. When I’m wished a “Merry Christmas” I will sometimes just say thank you. However, on occasion I will say that I don’t celebrate Christmas but I do appreciate the good wishes. When businesses wish us “Happy Holidays” I view it as positive; they’re trying to include everyone. It certainly does not exclude those who celebrate Christmas. However, when businesses wish us a “Merry Christmas” they are, I would guess most often unintentionally, excluding those of us who don’t celebrate Christmas. I much prefer “Happy Holidays.”

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