Mears: 'Happy Holiday' the new 'Merry Christmas'
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2012 00:12
The general phrase “Happy Holidays” has become more popular than the specific “Merry Christmas” greeting during the Christmas season. Many places of business such as Lowe’s, Bed Bath & Beyond and Best Buy do not allow their employees to wish people a “Merry Christmas” out of respect to another’s religion.
America has become more religiously diverse and there are more religions celebrating holidays around the same time as Christmas. Because of this, many business owners are hesitant to say or allow employees to say “Merry Christmas” to their customers. Business owners tend to lean toward a general holiday greeting during the winter holiday season, simply because it includes all faiths and religions and does not single out one religion as wishing someone a “Merry Christmas” does.
Many Christians may argue that people should “keep the Christ in Christmas” even when working at a place of business and coming into contact with thousands of people of many different religions. A letter to the Naples Daily News, stated that people were concerned and angry that people were using the term “Happy Holidays” more and more and not wishing people a “Merry Christmas”. The letter argued that “we are ignoring what the season is all about, the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.”
While yes, this is what many religious groups believe, not all people believe that Christ was born on Christmas. Therefore they do not celebrate it and they celebrate other religious holidays. Christians cannot simply force Christmas down someone’s throat and expect them to just deal with it. This is why wishing someone to have a happy holiday is not a way for other religions to knock Christ out of Christmas; it is simply their way of respecting everyone else’s religion.
For those who get so worked up and upset about being wished a happy holiday versus a “Merry Christmas,” here is a challenge to you: why is it so important to you? Do you need a validation of your faith?
Instead of arguing with the person or being angry with them for wishing you a “Happy Holiday,” simply accept their well-wishing and celebrate Christmas if you choose. Celebrate whatever holiday, but be tolerant of other’s religious views.
Don’t hate those that wish you a “Happy Holiday.” They are doing it out of respect to you.