God bless another wonderful opportunity to split hairs and divide one another. These greetings mean essentially the same thing from the Christian vantange point as "merry" and "happy" are virtual synonyms. The word "holidays" comes from "holy days", perhaps referencing the Advent season building up to Christmas. So Christians can settle down on that point.
On another front, we must recognize the pluralistic nature and reality of our country. More than one holiday is celebrated in December. Instead of arguing over an either-or decision, why not make a specific reference depending on whom you're speaking with? Maybe that's too tough. Therefore, "happy holidays" covers all in one and shouldn't come across as difficult or insulting. Meanwhile, children are starving and homeless this season and probably don't care which greeting you use. How about we argue over how to end their suffering?
Andrew has participated in 12 religions over the last 12 months, read about his adventures here!
Hesham A. Hassaballa, Common Word Common Lord»