The Conservatory students are a good group of people for the most part. Even in the Church Music programme, the Organ Majors and Choral Scholars say “Happy Holidays” at this time of year (December 2020).
I know people mean well, 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 And who uses the outdated word “Merry” any other time of year than for “Merry Christmas?”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.
I just heard Harry Duncan on KCSM-Jazz 91 Radio say, “Happy Holidays to everyone.” Good for Harry and I enjoy his shows. He understands being inclusive.
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 Now, they’ve gone back to using other outdated and non-inclusive language as well.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. 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