Do you find yourself saying ‘Happy Holidays’ to people or perfect strangers because you don’t want to offend or upset them if they don’t celebrate Christmas? I decided a while ago, this was a minor detail that I would not worry about.

For this exact reason: I don’t care if someone says “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” “Happy Holidays,” or “Joyous Kwanza,” etc. because I decided that I’d just be thankful that someone had something kind or nice to say to me in the holiday season. It’s something to think about.

If someone says, “Merry Christmas,” but you are not Christian, the polite thing to do is wish that person a “Merry Christmas,” because clearly they do. Returning the message only spreads a kind word to another human.

While traveling for the holiday, I said, “Merry Christmas!” to everyone including the airport shuttle driver, ticket agent, flight attendant, pilot, etc. as an experiment. Every single one of them said it back to me.

Imagine New York City, a melting pot of cultures, religions, etc. without the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center as to not offend anyone in the city.

Thoughts on this?