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A question of holiday greetings

Inspired by crankyasanoldma's post here, I give you my letter to Miss Manners:

Dear Miss Manners,

At this time of year I try to be respectful of the diversity of the people I may meet by wishing them, "Happy holidays." I like to think this neither assumes what they may celebrate nor imposes upon them what I may celebrate, but still manages to convey my good wishes towards them.

However, I have recently begun to think this may not be entirely appropriate - after all, some people may not celebrate anything at all this time of year, and I would not want to inadvertently offend them. I also think it might be even more respectful to show some interest in offering more than just a generic farewell. Do you think it would be appropriate to first ask, "Do you celebrate a particular holiday this time of year?" I could then tailor my farewell to their response, from "Merry Christmas," to "Happy Hannukah," to simply, "Have a lovely day." I want to find a balance between being festive and friendly without appearing unduly personal or rude.

Thank you so much.

Yours sincerely,


Your thoughts?


Dec. 4th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
well sparkle season is the default pc bullshit here. i personally just state the holiday of the day or if i know the person is atheist then i say "Merry Fucking Christmas!" because most atheists piss me off for trying to make my holidays something dirty to celebrate because they are upset children mad at one parent and doing the denial thing like retarded third graders. also i am tired of said atheists strengthening the claim by christians and others of that trifecta that thiers is the only religion by attacking all religions based on the actions of a limited few bad christians/jews/muslims. thier arguments never cover the beliefs of say most pagans shinto buddhist or other non mainstream or western religion. but they believe they do and because it is a belief then it must be like what they hate

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