Happy Holy Days

I have always said “Merry Christmas,” and still do,
but I don’t get the new ha, ha, brew
that you can’t say “Happy Holidays,” instead or too.
It’s good to be inclusive,
Carl Sandburg once said the ugliest
word in English is exclusive,
so let’s recall that the origin of “holiday”
is “holy day” and wish Happy Holidays or Holy Days
of Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan (in the spring),
Kwanzaa, and Winter Solstice
to Christians, Jews, Muslims, African Americans
and Pagans, too.

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