Some Christians are boycotting stores that say “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas” to their customers. Others boycott stores that mention anything vaguely Christian. What’s a savvy retailer to do? Perhaps they could install monitors that could allow salespeople customize their greetings. Was that a yarmulke? Okay, it’s “happy Hannukah” for this one. Is that a “WWJD” bracelet? “Merry Christmas” all the way!
Personally, I prefer the simpler solution: the greeter should greet the customer with the holiday preferred by the greeter. If you’re a Christian, say “merry Christmas” to all, whether they’re wearing a burkha or a dancing shiva shawl. If you’re a Jew, it’s “happy Hannukah” to all.
If you’re an atheist like me, you can still play this game. I still celebrate Christmas, so I prefer to say “merry Christmas.” “Happy Holidays” just seems so noncommittal. Others might prefer a simple “hello.”
P.S. Blogging will be light this week. Remember, it’s Christmas. Have a merry one!