What does Holiday Season mean?A generic term for period of the year between late November through early January. It includes holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the winter solstice, and New Year's.
Other definitions of Holiday Season:
- A politically charged term for the time near the end of the year filled with family-oriented holidays. Use of this generic term is endorsed by those seeking to be inclusive, rather than telling others to celebrate specific (often religious) holidays.
- The time of year referenced in the greeting "Happy Holidays", which is a catch-all term that intended to be fully encompassing of people's individual holiday rituals.
- A nondenominational way to refer to the end of the year, which holds many overlapping holidays from various world religions.
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How to use the term
This holiday season, we'll be visiting the in-laws more than normal.
I'll stick to "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" this year, because I don't want to speak with HR again for trying to normalize my Christian world-views on everybody.
I call it the holiday season now, because thinking of it as a religious oppression was just so tiring. I had a real persecution complex for awhile, pushed onto me by Christian upbringing.
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