I've been thinking about the whole Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays thing, as if there can be a winner. It occurs to me that part of our troubles has to do with the notion that its the receiver of the good wish who gets to be the arbiter of what is right for him or her. What if we simply flip it? It's the thought that counts, right? And the act of giving is the act we should acknowledge. So let the giver choose. If they choose "Happy Holidays," what's the offense? That's what they want to wish you. Likewise, if a "Merry Christmas" comes your way, then feel the joy that is inside that giver's expression of grace. Or Happy Kwanzaa or Hanukkah, New Years or Solstice and so on. Let's give deference to the giver of the expression rather than try to guess what the recipient will tolerate. Because all expressions of human connection and love we should embrace.
Peace and prosperity to us all as we head into the New Year!