Starting the Conversation: It’s Okay to Wish Me a Merry Christmas

By Marianne Reid Anderson

Basically, it is okay to wish me a “Merry Christmas” because that’s what I celebrate. I also never mind receiving a “Happy Holidays” or a “Season’s Greetings” sentiment especially from people who may be unsure of my own personal affiliations and views. Likewise, I try to do the same: if I know the appropriate greeting for someone, then I use it and if I don’t, then I go generic in my greeting.

I was under the impression that these were the basic melting-pot rules of etiquette that we go by here in the States. After all, this is the season of peace on Earth and the fellowship of mankind which is the main point of a seasonal greeting. However, there seems to be quite an uproar lately over the political correctness in holiday greetings. In the news, people were outraged over how Starbucks was choosing to serve coffee in red and green cups as not being substantial enough for holiday cheer. On Facebook, there was an outrage on “Holiday Nog” which is egg nog without eggs but apparently that detail didn’t matter as compared to the name. Personally, I wish people would get that outraged and full of energy over a cause such as, homelessness, poverty, or the war on drugs, rather than beverages; but maybe that’s just me.

Of course, I did think it rather strange when a parish in the Pacific Northwest sent me a “Season’s Greetings” card. After all, if it’s politically incorrect to wish members of your own congregation a “Merry Christmas,” then who can you?

But as always, what do you think? Let’s continue the conversation on my blog at or email me at to leave a comment or to wish me a “Merry Christmas.”