December 23, 2013
What do you mean, Happy Holidays?
It's occurred to me that holiday greetings and salutations are similar to business communications. We have to consider our audiences, know our intent, and communicate clearly focused on the desired outcome.
In the movie, Love Actually, arguably a modern day Christmas classic, Mark finally blurts out his true feelings for Juliet via cue cards at her doorstep.
Our holiday greetings don't need to be a confession, but if we peel away the layers of every variation of Happy Holidays, Joyeux Noel, Buon Natale, and Mele Kalikimaka, they all have something in common...an intent to wish something good, as Tennyson said, "...peace and goodwill to all mankind."
Say what you mean, and DO what you say. Express it in the best way you possibly can.
Sharing and spreading those wishes are my intent here too. Beginning with the most basic peace and joy that I possess, I give to you:
"We have within ourselves
Enough to fill the present day with joy,
And overspread the future years with hope."
All the very best to you and yours this holiday season and in the New Year!
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Posted by Janet Dahle at 3:45 PM