Here’s what I think we should do. Instead of dismissing and/or demonizing the phrase “Happy holidays!,” because doing so misses the religious respect rooted in that statement, we should all just say whatever we’re celebrating this time of year and if the recipient of the greeting is celebrating something else (INCLUDING HAPPY HOLIDAYS), they should smile, say thank you and then say merry/happy whatever they are celebrating. For example:
“Happy Hanukkah, Jackie!”
“Thank you! And a very merry Brian Boitano Season, The Greatest Babe on Blades, to you!”
And then we all eat our fruit fly cake latkes in peace and harmony.