Happy Holidays. I say or write this quite often this time of year, and I’ll tell you why. It’s not a matter of political correctness. Rather, it is a matter of respect and hope for a better world. I say Merry Christmas quite often, too. Sometimes I wish a friend or colleague Happy Hanukkah. It depends on the context. But, because I don’t know everything about my valued friends and colleagues and the public at large, I often say or write Happy Holidays. It’s a matter of respect, and it is also a matter of hope for a future where we learn to share the public sphere as a place we can all inhabit. Here is my seasonal challenge to my Facebook and WordPress friends and family: Let us learn from each other and work toward a better world by promoting the values we all share: hope, peace, respect. We can do that by honoring the traditions of our respective religions, our families, and our communities. We can do that, as well, by trying to include as many as possible whose traditions are not like our own at this time of renewal and celebration.