There's a big "controversy" about the use of "Happy Holidays" rather than "Merry Christmas" every year. Some say it's because we have gotten too PC, some claim that they are "Taking Christmas BACK!". Me- I am afraid that I don't fall into either of those camps. Here's how I see it.
The world is not all about me. Yes, I said it- IT'S. NOT. ALL. ABOUT. ME. Coming from an admitted Princess/Diva- that may shock some- but I am secure enough in my "Princesshood" to know that it's true. Does anyone care WHAT holiday I celebrate? Does the guy at the grocery store who grumbled "It's MERRY CHRISTMAS" when I said "Have a very nice holiday" know if I celebrate Christmas? Or Yule? Or Hanukkah? or Kwanzaa? I sincerely doubt it. I wonder what he would have had to say if I had said "Perhaps that's YOUR holiday- but it may not be mine!" in return for his grouchy remark. No matter what I celebrate- it's people like him- who seem to be becoming more vocal- that make me want to not even extend well wishes during the season.
When I wish someone a Happy Holiday- I am not making any assumptions about their holiday of choice. I am merely, sincerely, wishing them just that. I am hoping that whatever holiday they and their family choose to observe is happy, healthy and safe. There is no ill intent. I am not out to steal any one's Christmas. I want them to have a happy holiday. Simple as that. If they choose to read something into that- well, it's their loss. I refuse to allow it to put a damper on my spirits any longer. They can take my well wishes or discard them, no skin off my nose.
Now, I am off to celebrate the birth of someone very special this Christmas Eve- my Mama. So I will leave you with this thought that I just closed out my facebook with:
The holidays are all about family. Family is not only those you were born with or married into but those you choose to allow into your heart. Happy, Happy (and safe) holidays to all of my family. You are each a blessing in my life and I am grateful for you. ♥