I Always Respond Merry Christmas, 7 Reasons Why You Should Too

Merry Christmas

November 24, 2017

Allan Stevo

Living in a very specific American big city (New York) in a very specific industry (commercial real estate), a good percentage of the people I encounter in my day to day are not celebrants of Christmas. I understand the necessity of the phrase “happy holidays” in that situation for some people who want to say something nice but are too awkward to otherwise covey a message of religion without insulting.

I understand how uncomfortable discussions on religion can be if you make them that way. Everything can be at ease even on the complicated topic of religion if you allow them to be at ease. Sometimes I initiate “Happy Chanukah” to someone I know to be a practicing Jew. Sometimes I say happy holidays. Sometimes I say nothing in initiation – it’s easier to say nothing sometimes than to risk offending someone who walks through life looking for reasons to be offended.

Most of the people I encounter in my day to day are either a Christian celebrant of Christmas or a celebrant of secular Christmas. (1) As much as the two concepts may offend a member of the religious right, Secular Thanksgiving and Secular Christmas are realities in America, and healthy expressions of a culture that welcomes assimilation and the sincretic blending and shifting of a culture.(2)

If I am in Slovakia or virtually anywhere else in the U.S. or virtually anywhere else in the west Merry Christmas or its local equivalent gets the job done just fine.

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Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at www.52inSk.com. He is from Chicago and spends most of his time traveling Europe and writing. You can find more of his writing at www.AllanStevo.com. If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email. You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.

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