Happy Holidays

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Happy Holidays!

  1. (US, Canada) A greeting used during the Christmas and winter holiday season to recognize the celebration of many holidays, including Christmas, New Year's Day, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, and sometimes Thanksgiving.
    • 2009, Ruben Santos Claveria, Holiday Songs and Kisses: Christmas Songs And other Poems:
      In the United States people say Happy Holidays to include all people on the earth: the Jewish people Celebrating Hanukah, Africans celebrating Kwanza, Middle Eastern people celebrating Eid, Christians celebrating Christmas, []

Usage notes[edit]

  • This greeting is typically used only during the winter holiday season, not at other times of the year.
  • The use of Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, etc. vs Happy Holidays is controversial. Some non-Christians find it offensive to be told "Merry Christmas"; conversely, some Christians take offence at being wished "Happy Holidays".[1][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Warren Cole Smith, A Lover's Quarrel with the Evangelical Church (2009, ISBN 1606570285)
  2. ^ Bill J Leonard, ‎Jill Y. Crainshaw, Encyclopedia of Religious Controversies in the United States (2012, ISBN 1598848674)