'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?

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Bob December 16, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I find " Happy Holidays" preferable to "Merry Christmas." While during this time of year Christmas is the predominate holiday, there are others that are not Christian such as Hanukkah. To many Christians it is all about them, but they need to realize that other people celebrate other holidays. I find it funny when a Christian wishes me a Merry Christmas, and I retort with a Happy Hanukkah or a Happy Kwanza, that they give me these strange looks as if I was out of my mind. If Christians want to wish each other Merry Christmas in a church environment or church organized function, that is fine. But to force others to use Merry Christmas in the public domain is a bit self centered and goes against the spirit of the season.
alice bidwell December 16, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Merry Christmas is my preference. It does not require that only Christians celebrate. There are so many wonderful Christmas traditions for all to experience the joy, wonder & magic of the season ... the music, the good will, the gift giving, the decorations. It seems as if we are so afraid of offending someone that we remove ourselves from the real experience of the season. While for some that is the birth of Jesus, for others it is the experience the spirit of goodwill that comes with Christmas. Happy Holidays is a cop out. If you are offended because you are not a christian then you need to expand you life and not limit yourself.


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