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Merry Christmas…Happy Holidays…which one?
I find myself during the holidays, trying to be politically correct when wishing someone a wonderful Christmas. Do I say, “Merry Christmas”, or “Happy Holidays”. Wondering which one states my feelings and yet does not offend anyone’s religious beliefs.
“Merry Christmas”, feels like the right statement when it comes to the actual day of Christmas and our coveted time away from work to spend with family. “Happy Holidays”, feels right when it comes to covering the span of time from Christmas through New Year’s Day
When I was young, life was easier, at least it seems that way. Maybe it’s just because when we were kids we weren’t so informed. It was go to bed, get up, go to school, get good grades and cleaning my room meant hiding things under my bed.
As an Adult, perhaps we all think too much about what is more comfortable for others than what comes naturally to us. So, I will try and expand my selection of greetings between now and the New Year and keep the following list of salutations in my pocket, so that even if I don’t use the correct holiday greeting, at least I will expand my vocabulary.
Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays
Joyeux Noël – French
Feliz Navidad – Spanish
Buon Natale – Italian
Feliz Natal – Portuguese
Craciun fericit – Romanian
Kalá kristoúghenna – Greek
Noeliniz kutlu olsun – Turkish
Glaedelig jul – Danish
God Jul – Norwegian and Swedish
Fröhliche Weihnachten – German
Maligayang Pasko!!!! – Tagalog
Nollaig Shona – Irish Gaelic
Nadolig Llawen – Cymric (Welsh)
Zalig Kersmis – Dutch
Zalig kerstmis – Flemish
A’yaad meelad Saeedah – Arabic
Kirismass Mobarak – Farsi
Christmas Mubarak – Urdu
Christmas kee Badahi hoo – Hindi
Kedves Karacsony – Hungarian
Source(s): for most of the greetings

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