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IDIC: What’s in Happy Holidays?

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It’s the time of year when all the lights twinkle, the carols ring across the radio, and hot cocoa is everywhere. It’s also the time of year when the phrase “happy holidays” becomes controversial, at least on social media.

There are a plethora of holidays in November, December, and January, many of which have nothing to do with Christmas. These holidays are from different religions and cultures, some of which are not mainstream in the United States.

“Happy holidays” is an all-encompassing greeting. It’s not tied to a particular holiday and addresses the myriad of possibilities this season. The phrase is also not contentious, and it’s hard to misinterpret.

In the United States, every year, a section of the population pushes the belief that they’re not allowed to wish folks a merry Christmas. While patently untrue since anyone can say almost anything, it’s become a political talking point.

No one is saying not to wish folks a merry Christmas. We’re instead focusing on how that one greeting may not suit every occasion. We also don’t always know what our neighbors are celebrating this season. “Happy holidays” covers it all.

It’s not a matter of choosing one holiday over the others or “political correctness.” It’s a matter of choosing a greeting that respects the whole community and the parts of people’s lives we may not be aware of.

In that spirit, we offer a universal holiday greeting not tied to a particular event. By doing so, we hope that folks within our communities feel seen and that their celebrations matter, too, within the broader community.

The holidays are a fun time of year full of unique experiences and celebrations. A little understanding goes a long way in the season of lights.

Happy Holidays from the crew of the USS Lilith!

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