When I was in New York last week, I heard the phrase “Happy Holidays” from every store clerk, every waiter, every cab driver I interacted with. It was charming. It felt like they meant it. Enjoy your holidays! Whatever holidays you celebrate, have happy ones!
Imagine that. People in a multi-cultural, polyglot city having the courtesy to extend general holiday wishes to each other rather than narrowing it down to a specific one, because they can’t be certain who celebrates what. In a city that gets an unfair rep for rudeness, a little bit of consideration and civility.
How shitty a human being do you have to be to consider that a threat to your way of life?
Great perspective Sam. When I visited the US I was amazed at the friendliness of the service staff in every establishment, so this doesn’t surprise me at all! I’ll remember to say happy holiday today. Happy Holidays to you!
Happy Holidays to you, as well!
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Excellent take on our fair city
Thanks! NYC is my favorite city.