During the months of December and January, Holiday greetings are a selection of greetings that are often spoken with good intentions to strangers, family, or friends, in nations around the world.
Holidays with greetings include Christmas, Eid ul-Fitr, New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, Thanksgiving (United States), and Hanukkah. Some greetings are more prevalent than others, depending on the cultural and religious status of any given area.
Typically, a greeting consists of the word “Happy” followed by the holiday, such as “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy New Year”, although the phrase “Merry Christmas” or “Seasons Greetings” can be a notable exception.
In the United States, the collective phrase “Happy Holidays” is often used as a generic cover-all greeting for all of the winter holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
Google Doodle : Happy Holidays 2011
American use of the term “Happy Holidays” to replace “Merry Christmas” dates back at least to the 1970s
Google Doodle 2010: Happy Holiday/Greetings
The above Google Doodle is last year done by artist.
“Season’s Greetings” is a greeting more commonly used as a motto on winter season greeting cards, and in commercial advertisements, than as a spoken phrase. In addition to “Merry Christmas”, Victorian Christmas cards bore a variety of salutations, including “Compliments of the Season” and “Christmas Greetings.” By the late 19th century,