Say “Happy Holidays” because it includes them all: Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years and The Epiphany and many more. And it makes no (false) judgments about what people celebrate, or don’t.
Updated December 2021: Talking with my neighbour, she says she’s hates the holidays and especially that “Merry Christmas” tripe that people tell her. People make baseless assumptions about her that just because they are into Christmas that she must be too. She’s Jewish and does not celebrate Christmas. I’m not into it either. And every time someone says the word Christmas — which means Christ’s Mass as I explained in this article — they’re saying Christ’s name and some of these people are not at all religious. As I explain in this article, to be inclusive of all the holidays at this time of year and to avoid making baseless conclusions and judgments about what other people celebrate (or don’t), it’s best to say “Happy Holidays” or “Felices Fiestas,” if one feels the need to say anything about it at all.
The Conservatory students are a good group of people. Even in the Church Music programme, the Organ Majors and Organ and Choral Scholars say “Happy Holidays” at this time of year (December).
I know people mean well — although some are out to deliberately proselytize their Christian faith at this time of year — but why assume that someone celebrates Christmas or Christ’s Mass (which is what Christmas means) just because you do? Happy Holidays is a more appropriate greeting. It makes no assumption about what the person celebrates, or not. Happy Holidays is inclusive. Have a nice Christmas is not. The same for Merry Christmas. And who uses the outdated word “Merry” any other time of year than for “Merry Christmas?” So traditionalist and conservative. I never hear anyone say, “I feel very merry today.” Although in the UK they say “Happy Christmas.” At least “happy” is a current word used in today’s society, unlike the archaic word “merry.”
Happy Holidays includes all the holidays listed in the above title and many more than I listed. Saying have a nice Christmas or “Merry Christmas” is making a baseless judgment about someone if one does not know that the person celebrates Christ’s Mass at all.
Unfortunately, these days I’m seeing more and more Democrats — which are often the fake-progressives who support a right-wing imperialistic party at voting time — going back to using “Merry Christmas.” Ten to twenty years ago they said “Happy Holidays,” but that was when being inclusive was just a silly fad for the fake-progressives. Now, they’ve gone back to using other outdated and non-inclusive language as well. Think the 1950s. They use waiter and waitress instead of server. The same with the word “actress.” They’re using “Third World” instead of developing country. How can there be a “third world” when there is only one world that we all live on? Doh. They also enjoy disrespecting international languages except for their precious English. And there are other examples I could list. The fake-progressives sound no different than the far-right in many ways. Chau.—el barrio rosa