On Refusing to Say “Happy Holidays”

My family and I will be celebrating Christmas this year, because our parents did, and their parents did, and so on and so forth. And that’s fine. Because we’re celebrating Christmas, and we’re going to have a merry one at that. But I’m still going to wish people a happy Holidays, because it doesn’t matter that I’m celebrating Christmas, it’s not about me. And it’s not about you, person-who-thinks-Christmas-is-the-only-winter-festival. This isn’t about you wanting a merry Christmas. It’s about you telling everyone else merry Christmas, just because you want one. Do you see the problem there? You can’t tell what someone is celebrating because Jews don’t go around wearing a sign that says “WISH ME A HAPPY HANUKKAH” and black people don’t wear a sign that says “No thanks, we’re celebrating Kwanzaa.” So how about you think about other people and say “Happy holidays” so you don’t have to say “Merry Christmas, or Happy Hanukkah, or Blessed Kwanzaa, or Happy Saturnalia, or 3id alMilad mujayyid, or Merry Modraniht, or Happy Prancha Ganapati, or Pleasant Malkh to you, sir, or Happy Yalda, or I hope your Dongzhi Festival is going well!” Doesn’t “Happy holidays” sound like a bit less of a hassle?


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