One of my least favorite expressions for this time of year is “Happy Holidays.” I’d rather hear “Happy Hanukkah” than “Happy Holidays.” I’d rather hear “Happy Kwanzaa” than “Happy Holidays.” I’d rather hear “Happy New Year” than “Happy Holidays.”
Of course, my favorite expression for this time of year is “Merry Christmas;” this expression is the one I’d most like to hear on and around the date of December 25th.
The expression “Happy Holidays” is a direct denial of what I celebrate — the birth of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As a matter of fact, “Happy Holidays” is a denial of what those who celebrate Hanukkah believe, of what those who celebrate Kwanzaa believe, and even of what we each celebrate as a new year comes into its time.
“Happy Holidays” is an expression akin to “have a nice day” — a virtually meaningless statement we use in passing.
So, next time someone says to you “Happy Holidays” say back to them an expression that reflects whatever it is you believe. If it is in Jesus Christ, say joyfully, “Merry Christmas!”