I am all for people wishing others whatever season greeting they choose. But I’m starting to feel slightly attacked because I use “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” most of the time. It hasn’t been anything direct, but it seems like people are starting to swing the other way, severely. No one should be called out for whatever they decide to say to others, as long as the intention is a positive one.
It’s like what George Carlin said, “It’s the intention behind the words that makes them good or bad. The words are completely neutral.” It’s why you are saying “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy Holidays”, not the words themselves. I say “Happy Holidays” because I have friends who celebrate holidays other than Christmas.
But, on Christmas I will say “Merry Christmas” to anyone. It’s the day! Just like today I’ll say “Happy Yule” or “Happy Solstice”! I wish we could stop making a big deal out of what we say this time of year and just focus on the intention behind why we say it.