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'Merry Christmas' or 'Happy Holidays' - What's Your Preference?

Do you think there really is a war on Christmas?

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. The so-called “War on Christmas” has been a hot topic for years, with some saying such things as “Merry Christmas” and nativity scene exclude non-Christians.

What do you think? Should it be Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? And do you believe there really is a war on Christmas?


Karsten Torch December 08, 2012 at 01:46 PM
That was my point . I have no problem with people greeting me how they want, but don't correct somebody when they say "Merry Christmas." All I'm saying....
Tammy Osier December 08, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I don't think I've heard anyone on here get indignant about it. They simply expressed their disappointment when others do. Christians want th the right to celebrate without being berated, but if they do, they can be courteous about it, and react in love as with anything else. Gee whiz! It's just a question asked and people should answer with their opinion without challenging others. It's not a debate on amendments or things that are or are not in the Constitution. Just a question. That's all.
Good Grief Y'all December 08, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Good to know.
Good Grief Y'all December 08, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Ummm . . . shouty all caps followed by lots of !!!! looks like indignant to me, but that was Karsten's word, I just repeated it in my comment to him . . . to him. And this one, "Nobody dumbs down Halloween because they don't believe in it. Choose to celebrate or not." And re-read Eric's post. Christians should be inclusive and tolerant. The fact is the Christmas season coincides with other holidays. I think some Christians forget, maybe ignore, that. Some families consist of Christians and Jews, or Muslims, Hindu, Buddhist, or atheists, agnostics. Christ, the Prince of Peace.
Kelly December 17, 2012 at 12:31 AM
I am not Christian, but prefer 'Merry Christmas' instead of 'Happy Holidays', a Christmas Tree called what it is, and everyone able to openly and respectfully practice their own religious holidays. THAT is America imho, and an America I am proud to live in. Diversity should not mean blurring a religion or religious practice, and should also not force one religion's practice on everyone in publicly funded places (schools, courts, etc). Personally, calling a Christmas Tree a 'holiday tree' is so frustrating - Jews don't have a 'Chanukah tree'! This week employees were singing 'holiday music' in my office cafeteria - but the songs were all 'oh christmas tree' etc - call it what it is! I prefer that people quit acting like saying 'holiday' is inclusive of all religions (since only 2 religions actually have holidays this time of year, OK 3 with pagens) unless in August you are going to say 'Happy Holidays' to the Muslims, or basically every month except Nov & Dec & Jan saying 'Happy Holidays' to the hindus and have office 'holiday parties' in other months too. Having a 'holiday party' in Dec and thinking it is all-inclusive is about as absurd as having a 'holiday party' in Aug only and thinking that is inclusive. Calling it a 'holiday party' or wishing 'happy holidays' can be construed as saying these are the only holidays that exist, minimizing the recognition of religions that don't celebrate holidays at this time of the year. So.....Merry Christmas & Happy Chanukah!

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