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Happy holidays! Inclusive emails

Happy holidays! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! What greeting is the most inclusive during this holiday season?

Now, in Latin America 90% of the population is Christian (mainly Catholic) so the majority of people might be accustomed to saying, “Merry Christmas” but in the United States only 64% of the population is Christian. Let’s say you work at an international company. According to Wikipedia 31% of the world is Christian, 24% Muslim, 16% unaffiliated, 15% Hindu, 7% Buddhist, and 6-7% other (including Jewish).

If someone celebrates Hanukkah, Eid al-Fitr, Kwanzaa, Makar Sankranti or another religious holiday then saying, “Merry Christmas” to them could make them feel their religious or cultural holiday celebration and values are being demeaned or dismissed. So, if you aren’t sure what someone celebrates it’s helpful to use a more all-encompassing greeting or sign off on your emails. “Happy Holidays” is considered the most inclusive greeting during this time of the year.

What really matters the most is you’re wishing another person a pleasant and enjoyable moment during this festive time of the year. Here are some other alternatives you can use if you want to acknowledge that different folks celebrate different holidays. Of course, feel free to add an exclamation point to portray enthusiasm and emotion!

Season’s greetings and best wishes for the New Year

To a healthy, happy and peaceful New year

Best wishes for the year to come

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season

Warm wishes for the holiday season

Best wishes for the year to come

Best wishes for the holidays

Season’s greetings

Wishing you a happy holiday season and peaceful New Year

So, what're you waiting for? Share the holiday cheer and add one of these to your next email!

What’s your favorite holiday greeting? Write in the comments below or write me or @monicayourprofe and let me know!

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