opinion of Maddie Foerster
Christmas carols on every station, lights strung through downtown, cookies galore.
The holidays are debatably the best time of the year. From the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, it seems as though the entire world’s spirits are high.
But something not considered as much is a debate that has been going on since the new millennium.
Since I can remember, my daily commute to school for the whole month of December consists of a sign pitched into the ground outside of Ron’s Guns that obnoxiously reads, “Merry Christmas NOT Happy Holidays.” It was only until a few years ago that I began to understand what the sign stood for.
Political correctness plays a role in our lives whether we realize it or not, but especially throughout the holiday season.
“Happy Holidays” has become popularized throughout the United States as we have come to terms that Christmas is not the only holiday being celebrated through the season. But, nine in ten Americans do celebrate Christmas according to Pew Research Center. 81 percent of non-Christians in the United States also celebrate Christmas.
Are we being too inclusive by using Happy Holidays? 46 percent of Americans say they do not care how they are greeted, be it “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas,” and only 12 percent say they would like to be greeted with “Happy Holidays.”
Personally, I feel as though the debate in itself is too over thought; “Happy Holidays” is a simple way to be inclusive to all religions, no matter what you are celebrating this holiday season.
If one is too set in their ways to change from saying “Merry Christmas,” to “Happy Holidays,” that is their own right. But in the same sense, a non-American is not going to become offended when you say “Happy Thanksgiving” to them.
I believe that this whole debate is over thought. Happy Holidays is a simple, inclusive phrase.
So, Merry Christmas, East Lyme, and Happy Eid, Happy Hannukah, Happy Belated Diwali, and Merry Kwanza. Whatever you celebrate, I hope that it is a happy one.