I have always loved saying "Happy Holidays." It has a nice alliteration. It sounds so cheerful. It means Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and for my Jewish friends, Happy Hanukkah.
And now there seems to be a campaign to make me feel guilty if I say Happy Holidays. A guy tried to convince the Mr. that you could be arrested on the East Coast if you said "Merry Christmas." (I've yet to see the police paperwork on that one.) Facebook status updates, email forwards, and blogs seem to reprimand those who say Happy Holidays.
I go to a church that believes we are all God's people. "Open Hearts. Open Doors." I celebrate the birth of Christ, and I say Happy Holidays. One doesn't negate the other. I'm still welcome at my church. "Happy Holidays" doesn't keep me from lighting the Christ Child's candle or ringing the sanctuary with light on Christmas Eve. I'm pretty sure that God still considers me one of his own.
I don't want to feel guilty for saying Happy Holidays. I haven't taken Christ out of Christmas. I just really want you to enjoy your holidays--however you celebrate them. I want to wish you happiness and joy and love.
This season is a celebration of love. I think we could use a little more love this year. (Oh, and a light snow would be nice, too!)