Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas.

Leading up to the holiday season, we have posted website pop-ups and printed cards for numerous clients. The debate has been as prevalent as ever: Do we say “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas”?

It’s a shame that this has to be a debate at all. It’s a shame that society has become overly sensitive to this concept, and become redundantly all-inclusive. It’s gotten to the point where some schools/classes are forcing parents to invite every one of their child’s classmates to their birthday party.

What has happened to us? When did we lose our ability to choose who we interact with and how?

The holiday season isn’t about one thing. It’s about many things.

To some, it’s about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

To some, it’s about celebrating the resilience of the Maccabees.

To some, it’s about celebrating the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad.

To some, it’s about celebrating African heritage.

But the overall commonality that everyone has in common – it’s about celebrating.

Celebrating, by definition is: the action of marking one’s pleasure at an important event or occasion by engaging in enjoyable, typically social, activity.

To summarize: it’s about good will. It’s about good wishes. It’s about being good to each other.

So even if they say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Chanukah”, and you don’t celebrate either, in the end, shouldn’t we all simply focus on the positivity and just be happy that others want to wish us well?

Well, here’s one we can all agree on:

Happy New Year. Please have a safe and wonderful celebration, enjoy the next few weeks, and we’ll see you all in 2017.