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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,

Moi

Your thoughts?

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esprix
Dec. 5th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
Neat! I started lgbtmilfamilies myself to offer support to those of us who are gay or lesbian partners and family members of those in the military (my parter used to be Navy). Nice to know there's even more support out there!

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