In a pluralistic world, it’s increasingly hard to know what to say at this time of year.
“Merry Christmas” is great but not everyone is a Christian. Having lived in Jerusalem, I know that 12/25 is just another day for Jews, Muslims, and Orthodox Christians. I find people are happily surprised to have a pastor recognize their traditions too.
“Seasons Greetings” is safe. “Holiday wishes” sounds somewhat contrived.
But I just heard myself say, “Happy year-end!” to a board member.
Happy year end?
Yikes. Can you tell I’ve been answering year end giving questions all day?
[A colleague just told me, “At least you didn’t say ‘Happy rear end’! 🙂 ]