Why I Say “Happy Holidays”

tree1    As the first semester is coming to an end, the presents are coming in. I’ve tried to make sure to send a “thank you” email to parents for their gifts (as well as a card to the students). However, when I get to my valediction, I hesitate.

Since I teach internationally, the school has an extended break–over a month-long. I won’t be back in Costa Rica until the end of January, and Christmas isn’t the only holiday that happens between now and January. So saying “merry Christmas” doesn’t feel fitting. However, being a Christian, I feel like the Christian-society has made saying “merry Christmas” a HUGE ordeal. Am I denying my Christianity by intentionally NOT saying “merry Christmas”? Also, does me not saying “merry Christmas” really mean I’m “leaving Christ” out of “CHRISTmas”?

No and no. When I decide to conclude my emails with a “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas,” it’s because I am wishing them happy holidays. I am not only wishing them a merry Christmas, nor am I throwing my faith out the window. When I say “happy holidays,” I am not leaving Christ out of anything.

I’m not even going to spend my time discussing this so-called “argument” because it’s simply foolish. Moving on…

Now, if I’m literally wishing someone a merry Christmas, say on Christmas Eve or Christmas day, then of course I’m going to say “merry Christmas.” I guess my point to this whole rant is that if some people are so concerned with Christmas losing it’s meaning, then they should do more than pick an argument over saying “merry Christmas.”  DO something that will keep Christ as the focus. Words can only go so far. And now,  from what I see, people are spitefully wishing others a “merry CHRISTmas” and insisting that others say “merry Christmas,” too. In my mere opinion, this is FAR from keeping Christ the focal point.

I wish you all happy holidays.

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