‘Tis the Season, but Not Just Christmas

By Ashley Bowden, ’14

We all know that this time of year means, instead of hearing “Have a nice day” as you leave a store, you hear, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” I prefer to hear the second one.

I realize that this year Hanukkah and Christmas don’t run together and Hanukkah was during Thanksgiving – which by the way won’t happen for a very long time so I’m happy to have lived through this one – but that’s not the point. But it’s like this every year. I hear “Merry Christmas” over “Happy Holidays.”

Some people say it’s not that big of a deal and you can’t make a person say something, but you know, you should always be considerate of someone else’s religion. I celebrate both holidays, but I still don’t like just hearing a simple “Merry Christmas.”

What about around Easter time? Passover collides with that Holiday and you still only hear “Happy Easter.” I get that it’s weird around that time to say Happy Holidays, but still, people should remember other religions.

Whenever I leave a place and someone doesn’t say, “Happy Holidays,” I turn right back to them and say, “And have a lovely Hanukkah as well,” and walk off. You could say I’m a bit of a sassy Jew.

It’s the holiday season and I’m not here to ruin things and just complain about a simple greeting, but please, if you have a job, take the time to be a little considerate and wish them a happy holiday instead. Sometimes it really does make someone’s day when you take the time to think about the fact that they don’t necessarily celebrate your holiday.


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