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Do You Prefer 'Merry Christmas' or 'Happy Holidays?'

Do you think the meaning of Christmas is being lost by using neutral greeting?

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

When it comes to season’s greetings, a new poll shows the majority of Americans prefer “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays.”

The survey from Rasmussen Reports finds that 68 percent of the people polled prefer the traditional “Merry Christmas” while just 23 percent like "Happy Holidays," which can cover a variety of occasions.

When it comes to holiday signs, a whopping 70 percent of shoppers polled said they prefer to be greeted with “Merry Christmas” in stores rather than the more neutral Happy Holidays, according to a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

But it doesn't end there. There have been "Christmas Trees" banned or replaced with "Holiday Trees," nativity scenes scrapped to avoid offending some, and the list goes on. Some say such things as “Merry Christmas” and nativity scenes exclude non-Christians.

What do you think? Should it be Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?


Liz Bigler December 04, 2012 at 12:25 PM
I think "Happy Holidays" is respectful to all religions. To me, it has nothing to do with censorship. The fact is that not everyone celebrates Christmas, but I want to extend the joy of the season to them, too. If someone wishes me a "Happy Birthday" when it's not my birthday, I am not offended, but it's strange. If I don't know if a person celebrates Christmas, I wish them Happy Holidays. I am amazed at the controversy.
Vicki Lynn Harshbarger December 04, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Because the "Holidays" include Thanksgiving and New Years - I always say Happy Holidays until Thanksgiving is over. Then I say "Merry Christmas" through Dec 25th. Then I go back to saying Happy Holidays through the first week of January.

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