As holiday season approaches, I wanted to take a moment to preemptively discuss the inevitable annual debate: Do you wish someone ‘happy holidays’ or something else? Forewarning: I am straightforward here, and if you disagree, feel free to leave a comment and say why.
1. Say, for example, you celebrate Christmas but you know your friend celebrates Hanukkah.
Wish them a Happy Hanukkah. If they’re cool, they’ll wish you a Merry Christmas. If they say ‘Happy Hanakkuh’ then just say thank you!! It’s really not a big deal.
I personally exchange gifts with some of my other faith-based friends and we aren’t coy about what we say or how we say it.
2. Say you are atheist and your friend is religious.
Just wish them a ‘Merry Christmas’ or a ‘Happy Hanakkuh’ (etc.).
Don’t be like this:
3. Say you are religious and your friend is atheist.
Wish them a Merry Happy whatever you are. It doesn’t matter!! Then just move on.
4. Say you and your friend are both atheist and don’t celebrate anything.
Then, so what? Don’t say anything!!
5. Say you are not sure what someone else is.
If you celebrate Christmas, say ‘Merry Christmas and happy holidays!” If they don’t like it, they’ll probably correct you. You did nothing wrong. And, for example, if they respond back with “Happy Kwanzaa” then just say ‘Thank you!’ … because, after all, they cared enough to wish you well.