Respect For All
Editor: I am writing in response to Lucy Egers’ letter (The Times, Nov. 14), complaining of the need to say “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings,” in place of “Merry Christmas.”
I understand her frustration with not being able to openly and happily celebrate the holidays she holds dear. In schools, we should allow children to use the greeting for the holidays that reflects their personal beliefs when interacting socially. However, it is a good and important lesson for all individuals to learn that society consists of a variety of beliefs, holidays, religions etc.
When one is at work, it is respectful to acknowledge your customers with courtesy, respect and diplomacy; therefore, a greeting that wishes well to all the company’s patrons is best. Perhaps the global lesson that needs to be learned is that we all share a planet, and respect goes far in fostering understanding and peace.