This chart, created by Dave Lieberman, captures my thinking — and really, the right thinking, if you think about it or even think at all — about greetings during this holiday seasons, whether it’s Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays, Have a Great Festivus, or whatever:
If you can’t see past the words of the wish to its good intent, it’s not the holiday well-wisher who’s broken, it’s you.
With the incredibly rare pathological exception (Tory MP Brian Pallister, I’m looking right at you), most people who extend holiday greetings have kind and noble intentions, and if you see a crusade in “Merry Christmas” or blasphemy in “Happy Holidays”, here’s a suggestion: take a deep breath and think about it for a moment.
If that doesn’t work, take another deep breath.
And if that still doesn’t work, go punch yourself in the face a half-dozen times, because you need it.
Thanks to Dave Lieberman for the creation, and Mark Cidade for the find!