For the last few Decembers the political correctness folks have been having a field day deeming it incorrect to refer to religion when wishing people happy religious holidays. Huh? Yes indeed, no Merry Christmas, no Happy Hanukkah, ‘season’s greetings’ is the way to go. This year coffee giant Starbucks came under fire for not having Christmas-related cups, opting instead for the politically correct plain red.
While this is just nonsense it has had a rebound effect inasmuch as the term Season’s Greetings has become the whipping boy of the non-politically correct. Wish someone Happy Holidays and you are often branded as a far-left nutter going out of your way not to mention the actual offending holiday. But sometimes that once perfectly acceptable term just works best.
Like most, I know people who celebrate different holidays, and some who mark none. If I am in a mixed group, upon taking my leave, rather than say Merry Christmas to you guys over there, and Happy Hanukkah to you fellows, and you folks have a great Kwanzaa, I’m more likely to say Season’s Greetings or Happy Holidays, thereby encompassing all. Think of it as a convenience rather than a deliberate attempt to not mention the individual holidays. Perhaps I’m just lazy, or anti-social.
And for those who opt to mark no religious holidays, I can’t take seriously any claim that they would be offended. The intent behind extending the greeting is kindness. As a Catholic, if someone mistakenly wishes me a Happy Hanukkah, I am in no way offended. It’s a nice gesture, even if wrong.
So I’m all in favour of putting the religion back in religious holidays, but also see no problem with a ‘carpet’ greeting that covers all.