Wishing Everyone a Happy Whatever
It seems people have become overly sensitive about respecting one another’s traditions and beliefs, especially around this time of year. You can’t say “Merry Christmas” because this excludes those who aren’t Christian. But if you try to be inclusive and say “Happy Holidays,” there are those who say you are being disrespectful of their personal beliefs.
If you truly wish to extend warm wishes and voice a hope for “peace on Earth and good will toward all men” at this time of year, you may feel you are on shaky ground. If you know the particular beliefs of the person you are addressing, you can choose your greeting, “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukah,” “Good Bodhi Day,” “Happy Samhain,” Happy Pancha Ganapati,” “Joyous Yule,” or whatever to match their beliefs. But what if you don’t know or are uncertain? What if you are extending the wish to multiple people with different beliefs? Personally, I’m just fine with “Happy Holidays” but given that some find this objectionable, let me try to extend my wishes for a warm and happy season to people of all beliefs and nationalities with all due respect for personal sensitivities.
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, nonaddictive, gender neutral celebration of whatever festival or event you honor around the time of the winter solstice. At this time of year it is especially important to respect and remember the traditions of your particular religious persuasion or secular philosophy while also respecting the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012, with all due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures.
These wishes are freely extended without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, nationality or sexual preference of the wishee.
This greeting is extended with the following terms and conditions:
- This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal.
- It is freely transferable with or without alteration.
- It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for
her/himself or others.
- It is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.
- This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first.
- There is no explicit or implied warranty that the recipient will actually, or even is more likely to, have a happy holiday (of his or her choice) or new year (if applicable) as a result of receiving this greeting although the recipient, if dissatisfied, may exchange this greeting for another exactly like it or for a different but similar holiday wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.
- This offer is void where prohibited by law (secular or holy as applicable).
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