Instead of saying “merry Christmas” this year, a University of Central Florida political science professor wants you to try out a new phrase: “Happy federal holiday.”
The professor, Terri Susan Fine, argued in an editorial published in UCF Today that “we show cultural insensitivity both by equating one major holiday with a minor holiday and failing to recognize that diversity includes those who celebrate neither holiday.”
When you say “merry Christmas” or “happy Chanukah,” you’re not being “inclusive” enough, according to Fine.
“I would suggest that we take a new approach that observes ‘the holidays’ we all have on our calendars, no matter our religion,” she wrote. My friends and I wish each other a ‘Happy Federal Holiday.’”