I get so tired of people who get their knickers in a twist about saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.
There are many religions and many of them celebrate holidays at this time of year.
I have decided on my Facebook page, I will wish my many friends who are of a different nationalities and religions the appropriate greeting in their own languages.
- I will wish those whose religion I don’t know happy holidays (this includes my Arabic friends who will have time off during the period and will use it as a holiday—so many businesses close in Switzerland between Christmas eve and Jan. 2 and it is not part of the minimum 4 week guaranteed vacation).
- I will say Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends
- Joyeux Noël will be sent to my French friends
- Feliz Navidad is for my Spanish friends
- Frohe Weihnachten works for my German friends
- Veselé Vánoce to my Czech, although each year they laugh at my pronunciation.
- And Merry Christmas of course to my Christian friends
- To my pagan friends I'll send Samhain, Yule and Solstice greetings. Most societies have some celebration around this time of year and the Christians borrowed from the pagan tradition for Christmas.
The point is to share good wishes and to come together rather than build walls. How narrow my life would be without so many people from so many places in my life. And whatever people say to me that brings good cheer, thank you, shukran, danke, merci, gracias and and and...