The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration for many faiths. From November 1st to January 15th, there are approximately 29 holidays observed by 7 of the world's major religions. With such rich diversity, how can we be inclusive in our holiday greetings?
I choose to wish people "Happy Holidays" because I believe no one religion or observance is more important than others. I want my words to resonate positively with as many people as possible.
The phrase "Happy Holidays" may seem generic to some, but to me it conveys a message of acceptance. It says I recognize and respect traditions outside of my own.
Of course, if I know how someone celebrates, I'm happy to wish them well in a more specific way. But when in doubt, "Happy Holidays" embraces and honors the beautiful mosaic of winter traditions.
Here are a few questions to ponder: How do you prefer to be greeted this season? What impact do you hope your words have on others?
This year, I challenge all of us to spread inclusive holiday cheer. Let's make the season bright for people of all faiths. The more we understand each other, the stronger our communities become. How will you share holiday warmth with people outside your own tradition? We'd love to hear your thoughts below!
“The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.” – Terri Marshall