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May everyone have a Joyous, and safe Holiday Season!
Holiday greetings should be considerate.
It's that time of the year to weigh in on the "Merry Christmas" controversy — to say it or not to say it.
America is made up of different religions, races and cultures. Obviously, we don't all share the same beliefs, hence, the "happy holidays" greeting when interacting with strangers. These words translate into politely saying that although I don't know you and can't tell by looking at you what you celebrate — whatever it is — make it happy. Where is the quarrel in this?
For people you know, it is proper to offer the appropriate greeting — "Merry Christmas," "Happy Hanukkah" or "Happy Kwanzaa."
For those who do not celebrate any of these holidays, try "peace, health and happiness." These words could hardly offend anyone.
Most folks get it. Unfortunately, there are still people who blithely go through life presuming everyone believes in and celebrates as they do (or should), which equates to being ignorant of the world in which they live. By all means, have a merry Christmas, just don't expect people who don't celebrate as you do to march to the beat of your drummer.
Being aware of others' feelings does not detract from anyone's holiday. Being considerate to all people making up America's diverse population is something to do not only during the month of December but also throughout the year. After all, isn't that part of the message "peace on Earth and good will to men and women"?
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