Note to self: To avoid offense or appropriation this holiday season:
For the Christians I won’t say Merry Christmas and for the the Jews I won’t say Happy Hanukkah, as I am neither Christian nor Jew. Ditto for Yule and Kwanzaa, as I am neither pagan nor out of Africa (unless one goes way, way back).
I won’t fall back upon Happy Holidays, as that might remind depressed persons of their unmerry state.
Holidays itself stems from the Old English hāligdæg (“holy days”), yet I should not force religion upon the atheists either.
New Year’s Eve is the last day of the year in the Julian calendar, proposed by Julius Caesar, and the man was an imperialist, for goodness’ sake.
Besides, as the libertarians remind me, who the hell am I to tell others what kind of season to have?
Just to be safe.