It’s that time of year again. The stores are advertising massive sales, the lights are on the houses and the weather has become rather chilly.
Christmas and Kwanzaa are just around the corner. We are halfway through Chanukah.
There are some, in the name of diversity and multiculturalism who believe that instead of referring to the individual holidays, we all should use the generic Happy Holidays message.
While I understand where they are coming from, I don’t quite agree with them.
If I see someone who celebrates Christmas, I say Merry Christmas.
If I see someone who celebrates Chanukah, I say Happy Chanukah.
If I see someone who celebrates Kwanzaa, I say Happy Kwanzaa.
If I see someone who has no particular religious faith, I say Happy Holidays or Happy New Year.
I believe that to foster co-existence and respect, we have to acknowledge the fact that our neighbor may celebrate a different holiday. To lump all of the holidays together out of fear that someone may feel offended does not do justice to this very multicultural country that we call home.
That being said, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. May we all enjoy this holiday season and the joys that come with it.