I do not know about you, but I have NEVER had a problem delivering a seasons greeting. Be it "Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Holidays or Cool Yule," no one EVER got bent out of shape either by a correct salutation which matched the person's philosophy of life or religion, or saying "Blessed Solstice" to an Episcopal minister. Everyone understood it was the INTENTION of the greeting to warm the heart of both giver and receiver.
Today people scornfully call it being "politically correct!" As if CONSIDERATION is a POLITICAL issue? When did trying to make the other person feel happy and comfortable become the WRONG thing to do? I do not consider it a problem to attempt to match the right holiday greeting with the right person. Here, when we do NOT know what to say, what's so horrible about, "Happy Holidays?" It is, after all, the month and time of year of Holi, Holy and Secular Days.
Thanks to an exceptional woman, Waverly Fitzgerald from Seattle, WA, who has dedicated her life to compiling an encyclopedic collection of facts, recipes, literature and articles called "School of the Seasons," here are only a FEW events you may wish to celebrate (or even know excluded!):
Dec. 1st: Bona Dea, St. Leonard's Ride; Dec.8th: Feast of the Immaculate Conception; Dec. 9th: Conception of St. Anne; Dec. 12th: Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Hari No, and St.. Lucy's Eve;
Dec. 13th: Feast of St. Lucy; Dec. 14th: Halcyon Days; Dec. 16th: Hannukah begins; Dec. 17th: Saturnalia, Sow Day, and Ember Day; Dec. 18th: Epona's Day and Our Lady of Solitude; Dec. 19th: Opalia; Dec. 20th: St. Thomas' Eve, Midwinter Eve, and another Ember Day; Dec. 21st: Winter Solstice and Hertha; Dec. 22nd Ursids Meteor showers; Dec. 23rd: Larentalia or Acca Laurentia; Dec. 24th: The Mothers Feast, Christmas Eve, and Adam & Eve's Day; Dec. 25th Christmas and Juvenalia; Dec. 26th: Boxing Day, 12 Days of Christmas begins, Feast of St.. Stephen, and Kwanzaa starts; Dec. 27th St. John's Day; Dec. 28th: Holy Innocents Day; Dec. 31st: Vesta; Yemaya, St. Silvester's Eve.
There is even more going on around the world in the month of December to celebrate, remember or feast-til-you-burst over! Why would anyone offended if we met them at the Post Office, or some other favorite gathering place at this time of year, and shouted, "Happy Holidays, Friend! Every darned one of them!"
Think of it, St. Lucy's Day with your kids serving you Lattes at Barnes & Noble, Our Lady of Solitude Day at home, alone; New Year's Eve might be spent with an exciting St. Louis. Silvester biography, or there could be large noisy parties at midtown hotel banquet rooms for the Goddess Yemaya! I daresay, seriously anyone would find THAT OFFERIVE, would they?
So at the end of the day, maybe St. Louis. Lucy's Eve, if someone waves wildly out their car window at you, screaming, "HAPPY HOLIDAYS, Every Darned One Them!" do not be offended, it's only me on my way to Solstice Carolling practice.