As I finished checking out, the cashier said, “Happy Holidays!”
I’m sure my face showed my bewilderment. “Happy Thanksgiving!” I replied.
“Happy Holidays!” she repeated as I walked out the door.
I couldn’t help but wonder if the clerk was instructed to only say, “Happy Holidays.”
According to USA Today, 44% of Americans surveyed said the trend toward “Happy Holidays” is a change for the better. 43% said it wasn’t. 11% said they avoid saying “Merry Christmas” out of fear of offending someone.
Personally, I find it offensive when people downplay the birth of my Savior, seeing as how He’s the reason for the holiday in the first place.
I refuse to conform to society’s ways of secularizing Christmas by saying things like, “Seasons Greetings” and “Happy Holidays.” And so does Chick-Fil-A. I nearly cheered aloud as I was driving on I-465 last week and saw one of their billboards that said, “Merry Christmas!”
And so with the Christmas season upon us, I will continue to wish gas station clerks, waitresses, and anyone else I encounter, “Merry Christmas.” I’ll proudly send out my Christmas cards that recognize Christ’s birth. And in the midst of it all, I will celebrate the True Reason for the season.
Happy Holidays! Merry CHRISTmas!