As I’ve been doing shopping, going out, etc. as usual, I say “thank you” and “have a good day” to the clerks and service people I encounter. When they tell me “Happy Holidays” I respond with “Merry Christmas” instead. Why? Because, I celebrate Christmas. I am a Christian. So when I sent out my end of the year newsletter to those on my email list, I included a message of “Merry Christmas” without any concern about getting pushback. My reason for this is simple, I believe part of my religion encourages me to share my faith with others. By saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” its like I’m hiding behind political correctness rather than standing up for my faith. When I say “Merry Christmas” I truly do mean that I hope you have a happy holiday. I don’t assume YOU are Christian or celebrate Christmas. Its a polite courtesy I offer, just as I really do mean “have a good day” when I say it. So, sorry, but not sorry that I say “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays”.
Brandi is a childbirth educator and birth doula living in West Fargo, ND. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, knitting and filling up her craft room with new projects when she isn’t helping families create their birth experience. You can find her actively posting on Facebook & Instagram. #dayspringdoula