It's a debate that now seems to arise every year around this time: Should people use the term "Merry Christmas" or something more generic such as "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings"?
The latter has become popular due to the variety of religious holidays taking place this season, but those who say there is a "War on Christmas" have rallied in recent years, saying people who insist on "Happy Holidays" are being too politically correct.
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Patch reader Kim Sullivan-Hoffman said that happy holidays and season's greetings covers the full spectrum of holidays and people who celebrate during the winter season.
"Happy Holidays and Season's Greetings covers all bases including New Years and what ever religious celebration you or the person you are wishing well may celebrate," she said.
"Use whatever you want or all," said another Patch reader, Rebecca O'Newell. "Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah are for specific holidays. The others for the season in general. It's a non Issue or should be!"
Others were adamant about being specific with the holiday that they celebrate.
"If people say happy holidays to me, I tell them "you can wish me a Merry Christmas," Suzanna DeSeve Closs said.
Which do you prefer? Tell us in the comments section below.Carisa Giardino contributed to this article.
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