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Happy Chrisma- HanuKwanzamas?

Emma Werner, Contributing writer

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It’s that time of the year again where nobody knows what to say: Do you say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

This is a debate that has been going on for far too long.

When asked if she says Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, Samantha O’Connell, a freshman, got flustered and said “Merry Christmas… well no because sometimes I say … It’s all so confusing.”

I think we can all agree with Samantha that sometimes we just don’t know what to say, but it shouldn’t be confusing.

Some people believe that you should just wish people what you celebrate.

If you celebrate Christmas, say Merry Christmas.

If you celebrate Hanukkah, say Happy Hanukkah.

Jenna Rosciszewski, a sophomore, says Merry Christmas because “I grew up Catholic, so I’ve just always said Merry Christmas.”

However, other people think that if you don’t know what someone celebrates you should wish them Happy Holidays.

Riley Petrucelli, a freshman, says Happy Holidays when she is in a public place or when she doesn’t know the person because, “you can’t assume that everyone celebrates Christmas.”

This is a very good way to ensure that you don’t offend anyone by assuming that they celebrate Christmas.

However, if you don’t want to say Happy Holidays because it feels too generic, you can always say “Happy ChrismaHanuKwanzamas” a term created by Lauren Rogus, a freshman, to cover all the holidays celebrated around this time of the year.

Just remember, this time of the year isn’t about what you say or celebrate, it’s about who you are with and the moments that you share.

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