Is “happy holidays” the appropriate greeting this time of year?

Posted Dec. 03, 2010, at 4:28 p.m.

A few decades ago, the standard greeting in mid- to late-December at stores, in offices and at parties and other social events was “Merry Christmas.” Then, as awareness of other cultures grew, that greeting was dropped in favor of “Happy Holidays.” Some traditionalists and Chris-tians object to the change, saying it is political correctness at its worst, ignoring the reality that Christmas, the holiday that marks the birth of Jesus Christ, is at the heart of the holi-days. Others say Hanukah, Kwanza and New Year’s — and maybe even Thanksgiving — are also part of the season. What side do you come down on, and why?