Season’s Greetings

It’s happened!

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?

And it has nothing to do with the yearend 20% off sale I’m having at store for blog and ezine folks!

[A colleague just told me, “At least you didn’t say ‘Happy rear end’! 🙂 ]

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and He's also the executive director of and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Rich

    yeah… you’ve probably read about our ‘Seasonal Party’ we had here…

    stoopid PC…..

  2. Marc

    But I betcha didn’t see “Happy Rear End” on any banners, huh?

  3. Stephen

    (Found you through It’s difficult to know what to say in a secular company that’s all gung-ho about inclusion and not offending anyone. ‘Happy Holidays’ sounds so bland, so sanitary, so…unemotional. ‘Merry Christmas’ is awkward because I have no idea whether the person I’m speaking to might be atheist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or something else entirely. A frustrating thing. 🙁

  4. Marc

    Stephen: I agree!

    The hospital I work at still does an Easter Egg hunt. When I first got here, after living in Boston and NY for over a decade, I wanted to say, “Don’t you know you can’t do that anymore?”

    Then I realized I was a pastor in the community and decided to just simply enjoy the 1950’s-ness of it all. 🙂

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