Thursday, December 6, 2012

2012 Christmas Advent Calendar - Day 6

So every year the same topic seems to come up and be discussed endlessly online and around the water cooler.

Many people prefer to say Merry Christmas as a greeting or upon leaving another person's presence.  Some prefer to say something slightly more generic, such as Happy Holidays, or perhaps Season's Greetings.  The arguments for and against any choice are many and varied.  Those who prefer Merry Christmas claim that anything else leaves Christ out of the season, while some feel that a more generic greeting like Happy Holidays is better because it covers all the holidays - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and New Year's, etc - which is certainly faster than listing each individually, or covers all bases if one is speaking to a stranger.

A few years ago while working for a government agency, I had a boss who was very paranoid about saying Merry Christmas and accidentally offending someone, and I quickly learned to avoid saying Merry Christmas at work, so as not to risk a lecture, even though that is my preference.  Where I currently work isn't as customers service oriented, and the paranoid boss is long gone, but old habits die hard, and I still tend to not say Merry Christmas unless someone else says it first, instead opting for Happy Holidays.

So which do you prefer, or find yourself using most often?

Merry Christmas!!


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