This article explores why people may use a certain type of greeting. If you’re confused about when to use Happy Holidays and when to use Merry Christmas or another specific Holiday greeting, in the end a Holiday greeting may come down to personal preference or how well you know the people you greet. Whether receiving or giving a greeting, it helps to have an understanding of someone’s intentions as well as their differences to celebrate in peace.
Are you confused about when to use Happy Holidays and when to use Merry Christmas or another specific Holiday greeting? Are you concerned when someone uses one type of greeting instead of another? Read this associated content article: Confused about When to use Happy Holidays and when to use Merry Christmas or another specific Holiday greeting.
Confused About Season’s Greetings
Some people use “Happy Holidays” as a shorter way of saying “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”. Similarly, some people use “Happy Holidays” as a way to include multiple Holidays instead of saying, “Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, (etc.) to all of our viewers/customers”. Some people use their preferred Holiday greeting with everyone like a reflex. Some people and many businesses use “Happy Holidays” when they don’t know which Holiday someone celebrates. Some use a specific greeting when addressing an audience on the specific date(s) of the specific Holiday.
Confused About Holiday Celebrations, Christmas Parties, and Religious Products
A celebration that includes images associated with multiple Holidays that or welcomes people of multiple religions, might be called a Holiday Celebration, or include each of the Holidays it celebrates in the title. A celebration that uses a specific Holiday name in the title may also welcome people of multiple religions to celebrate with them. If a celebration includes only images associated with a specific religious Holiday, or only welcomes people of a specific religion, just changing the celebration’s name to ‘Holiday’ seems to be missing the point. Similarly, changing the name of a religious product such as a Menorah to ‘Holiday Candlestick Holder’ also misses the point. An attempt at inclusiveness that misses the point can have the effect of alienating people instead of attracting a wider audience.
Confused About Sending Cards
A person who sends a card to someone that they know celebrates a specific Holiday may pick a card specific to that Holiday or pick a generic card and add a personal message with a greeting. Taking into account the appearance of many generic ‘Holiday’ cards, at least the ones available in the Northern hemisphere, including the name of the religious Holiday with the message lets friends know that senders are sending a card in celebration of something other than winter.
Businesses trying to show appreciation for customers with a friendly Holiday greeting often send cards to customers saying “Happy Holidays”, as they don’t know which Holidays each customer celebrates. People sending cards to others who they don’t know well enough to know which Holiday they celebrate might send a generic card. People sending cards to others who they don’t know well enough to know how they might react to receiving a Holiday specific or a generic greeting card might think twice about sending one until they know the person better. They might try to find out before sending a card.
You may encounter people of many different religions who may become your friends. If sending cards or participating in religious celebrations, you may want to learn which religious Holidays your friends celebrate and show understanding if they’re unsure of yours. Some people are confused about when to use Happy Holidays and when to use Merry Christmas or another specific Holiday greetings and you can’t please everyone all of the time. As the word Holiday comes from the words Holy and Day, using the word Holiday may not please atheists.
It’s important to remember that freedom of religion was designed out of respect and tolerance, to allow people to practice different religions, not to prevent people from practicing or celebrating theirs. Occasionally, you may find someone who is put off by a well intentioned greeting such as “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”. It helps to have an understanding of someone’s intentions and the fact that not everyone may be familiar with which Holidays you celebrate and which you don’t to celebrate in peace.
Greetings and cards received from businesses and friends
Different religious Holiday Greetings seen on television, specific and generic