I hate that I now say “happy holidays.” It’s not that I am a raging Christian. Heck, I’m pretty un-Christian, as a matter of fact. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m down with J, I dig the whole walking on water thing, I just don’t buy into a lot of the nonsense that seems to surround the church.
But these days, I find myself saying “happy holidays” a lot. The reason is simple, I don’t want to offend people. Many of my friends and acquaintances are not Christian, and I suspect most of them would take “Merry Christmas” in the spirit in which it is offered: “There is a cool holiday coming up and I hope that you remain full of cheer and enjoy it, regardless of your personal beliefs about God.” But, for fear that I will offend some small number, I now say the entirely meaningless and artless “happy holidays.” Since I only half-way believe it when I say it — I’m trying, I swear, it’s just so damned bland — it makes it even worse.
So, Merry Christmas. If you are angered by this (and even if you are not), I welcome a greeting more related to your non-Christian holiday, and will receive it in the spirit in which it is offered. I think we should celebrate more, and if your religious beliefs allow this to happen, cool.