What do I do when people wish me "Happy Holidays"?
We're getting to that time of year where instead of hearing "Merry Christmas" we'll hear "Happy Holidays." When I tell people, I prefer to be wished a "Merry Christmas" the onus is put on me because it's my problem I was (as they say) offended. What I want to explain to them is that there is a reason for the season, that a baby born years ago in a stable would save people from their sins and that, yes, at the very moment of his holy birth was God putting his plan of salvation into action. Can I go so far as to show that the Hanukkah story doesn't even exist in the Protestant Bible since Maccabees is not included? Am I really a grinch for refusing to believe that holidays such as Kwanzaa or Hanukkah have the same meaning to the people who celebrate them? Do I dare point out that Hanukkah, lovely as it is, does not have the same level of importance as to most Jews I know as Passover does? How can I defend my position and still be polite, or has it really come down to having to accept "Happy Holidays"?
Last edited by Michelle Arnold; Nov 16, '12 at 5:43 pm.