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Poll: Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

What do you say around this time of the year?

It's a debate that 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, arguing that people who insist on "Happy Holidays" are being too politically correct. Which greeting  do you prefer to use?

Mike Charles December 07, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Up to and including December 25, it's definitely appropriate for a "Merry Christmas," or a "Happy Chanukah" (December 20-December 28), whichever is the appropriate greeting. After December 25, "Happy Holidays," inclusive of New Years, I feel is appropriate. Then, of course, there's Kwanzaa (December 26). Or maybe, "Have a nice day, happy new year" would suffice and not step on too many PC toes!
Mr Dunes December 07, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Patch, shame on you for asking this contentious question, without offering "Bah Humbug" ;)
Glenna King December 07, 2011 at 06:52 PM
I don't care what greeting(s) people want to use around me. Personally, I just prefer to say "Happy Holidays" as not to offend anyone &/or to include Happy New Year in there.
Carol M December 07, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Say whatever is appropriate. Figure it out, then say it. Those who are believers in Christmas, wish a merry one to them, Hanukkah, to those who celebrate, and Kwanzaa, to those who celebrate. If you aren't sure, ask, or just say Happy Holidays which includes any and all....plus New Year's. It's the intent which matters the most. Peace on Earth to ALL!
Get Beautified Eyelash Extension & Facial Spa December 08, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Depends on whose holiday is being acknowledged.
Lb December 09, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Did we forget that Christmas is the birth of Jesus Christ? Do we tell each other " happy holiday" on our birthdays? Why do we have to apologize for what we believe and who we are? Tell me, what did Jesus ever do that causes us to minimize his birth? I personally do not care to be politically correct but more so Christian correct! So Merry Christmas, and let us keep Christ in Christmas!
Baghdad Bob December 09, 2011 at 07:35 PM
If the recipient of your intended greeting celebrates Christmas, wish them a Merry Christmas. If they celebrate Hanukkah, wish them a Happy Hanukkah. If you are unsure, pick the one that you celebrate. If those holidays are past, wish someone a Happy New Year. "Happy Holidays," sounds bland and emotionless. It is an attempt to keep from offending anyone, and is in itself offensive.
Baghdad Bob December 09, 2011 at 07:49 PM
KWANZAAA! is not a real holiday. It was fabricated by a radical Black separatist for the purposes of sowing dissent.
Lloyd December 10, 2011 at 11:29 PM
There are notices posted around town which make numerous references to a "holiday tree". What the heck is a "holiday tree" anyway? It's a CHRISTMAS TREE which is a symbol of the Christmas holiday which so happens to be not only a religious holiday, but a Federal one too. So why cant we call the tree a Christmas Tree since it has no connection to Hanukkah, Kwansaa, Ramadan, or any other religious holiday? I really believe now that there is a media/liberal war going on against Christianity and those conservative people who still wish to retain their traditional Christian beliefs.
Ivan Bexter December 15, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Merry Christmas & Peace on Earth to all.

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