I hate the expression Season’s Greetings, it’s the worst. No, I’m not kidding. I despise the expression. No, it’s not for the reason I’m sure you are thinking – “It secularizes Christmas” some will argue. If you want to make that argument, be my guest. I’m not making that here. My issue with Season’s Greetings is more primal, more basic, and more grammatical.
First, is the most basic reason of them all – Season’s Greetings is too generic. What do I mean? Consider this – a Season’s Greetings can be given quite literally any time of year. Oh, it’s Springtime – Season’s Greetings. The leaves are starting to change colors, Season’s Greetings. And it doesn’t stop there.
Imagine other seasons people speak of. Football season? Season’s Greetings! Baseball season? Season’s Greetings! New premieres of your favorite TV shows? Season’s Greetings! Wedding season? Season’s Greetings!
You see – the term is so generic to render it utterly meaningless. It can be literally said any time of year and still remain valid. And there lies my other issue – the awkwardness of the expression.
Think logically what the expression “Season’s Greetings” means. It is greetings of the season, as in owned by the season. Imagine if you do not know the English idiom and hear it for the first time only knowing the basics of English. What does that sound like? A list of greetings associated with a season.
Seriously. Think about it for a moment. Now, you can’t un-think of it that way! It’s grammatically a strange turn of phrase and can easily, if you don’t know the cultural context and usage behind it, be confusing.
Let’s just stop using Season’s Greetings altogether. It’s an awful expression that is pretty much worthless.
Unless we’re going to start using it right year round. Then that’s cool.