Yeah. It’s the holiday season. The main holiday of the year. The most important commercial holiday. Perhaps even an important religious holiday. But the holiday that is all about giving something, even if it’s a wish.
And the wish, in this country, has evolved. It’s become more politically correct. Possibly even socially correct. Happy holiday is the greeting more common now than a couple of decades ago.
In my early 30’s while living in California, there were a few years where I had the wild hair of sending Christmas cards to family and close friends. I thought it was cool to send a wish to those I didn’t get to see regularly. It was a little work sending individual greetings along with the card, but well worth the small investment of time. Or so I thought.
My wild hair tamed after three years so my tradition quickly petered out. I can’t remember why. I do remember the cards I sent were Christmas cards. It seemed natural. Even the Jewish friends I had celebrated the spirit of Christmas.
The other day I received a card from niece e who lives in Washington DC. For some reason I knew it would be politically correct (coming from the capital). It was. The card was a wish for a Happy New Year, and a happy holiday season, along with a personal written note inside. It was darn nice receiving the card and it’s still posted on my refrigerator.
The other card was from daughter j and is the annual family photo wishing Merry Christmas. Given I haven’t sent any cards for years, I’m lucky to still be in the plus column: sent 0, received 2.
I’m not counting the various Christmas and Holiday e-cards. Using printer ink to get those onto the refrigerator would run counter to the digital reason they were sent.
Anyway, I’ve been thinking I should grow the wild hair again and get back in the tradition of sending cards. A little too late for this year, but if I get this on a to do list in next year’s agenda I’ll have a fighting chance.
When next year does come around, I think I’ll follow niece e’s example and make it a holiday card. It’s more efficient. Makes more sense. Not that I have anything against Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Just that Happy Holiday is more encompassing, while not loosing anything in translation — which is what we try to do when being politically correct.
We don’t call fat people fat, or yellow folks yellow, so it’s not just about being politically correct. It’s about doing what makes sense without the offense.
I don’t know if what I’ll send next year will make sense. Whatever it is, I’ll work hard at making sure it’s not socially inept. I think I can do that if I strive to stay politically correct.
For now though, I’ve found a wish on the internet I’d like to extend to you, the reader, in the hopes that I’m well outside the borders of the socially inept.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, HappyWinter Solstice, and a Generally Happy Seasonal Greeting
Best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most joyous traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, but with respect for the religious persuasion of others who choose to practice their own religion as well as those who choose not to practice a religion at all.
Additionally, best wishes for a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated new year, recognizing the generally accepted calendar year 2013, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions have helped make our society, (and the world) what it is, without regard to the race, creed, color, religious, or sexual preferences of the wisher, wishes, or wishee’s.
(Disclaimer: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for himself or others and no responsibility for any unintended emotional stress these greetings may bring to those not caught up in the seasonal spirit.)