Let me start by saying that I will always continue to greet and wish those who are of the Christian faith a “Merry Christmas” but hope that if you don’t know me personally and know my faith please greet me by saying Happy Holidays.
If you know me then please extend a Happy Hanukkah greeting to me.If you don’t know me a Happy Holidays are in order.There are only 3 different Holidays that take place at this juncture in time Christmas,Chanukah, and Kwanza.When coming in contact with strangers a “Happy Holiday” greeting is in order as they can be a half a dozen different faiths who do not celebrate Christmas.
When I was growing up as a Jew in the 1950′s in N.Y. C. all year you were an American a part of society all year except from The day after Thanksgiving to New Years Day you were alienated from society.In school in Assembly I remember Christmas songs being taught and sung and I asked when are we going to sing Hanukkah Songs only to get a wise guy smirk from the teachers. The Christmas decoration were up on every main Street U.S.A. and every T.V. show had a Christmas special or theme not to mention every radio station playing Christmas songs.It was like We Jews were aliens In the country for 1 month a year
Mind you my family were loyal upstanding citizens who served in armed forces going back from Civil War Times.Please don’t get my wrong Jews find nothing offense about Christmas songs ….decorations and such it it’s very nice..but not ours
I always considered it an honor to be invited to help enjoy Christmas Dinner at a friends home..It’s just that we have our Holiday in the same juncture of time & we were being disenfranchised all over America.