The wine glasses were still clinking. The conversation barely had started to fade. The snow was falling steadily. The holiday party was starting to fade. As the goodbyes begin and its December. It's natural to include a "Merry Christmas" or a "Happy Holidays". Yet, considering Christmas is still ten days off some hedging takes place.
The phrase that comes into play is this: "If I don't see you...Merry Christmas!" "If I don't see you...Happy Holidays!" I had one of those exchanges with my good friend Phil. The phrase caught my ear. I asked Phil back: "What if I do see you?" Does that jeopardize my holiday happiness?
How about when someone adds this: "If I don't see you... have a safe trip." As opposed to, "If I do see you..." and your personal safety is in jeopardy.
Phil and I started laughing about this phrase that is so casually tossed about. How can people be so cavalier about qualifying their holiday wishes or sentiments about traveling safely.
It may be best for all of us if we make a concerted effort to scrub this phrase from our language. It could take generations for the change to take effect. So in the meantime, "If I don't see you.. Merry Christmas!"
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