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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?

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fatty arbuckle December 11, 2012 at 05:00 PM
yes there is a war on Christmas, watch tv. read the papers they will show Christmas decorations they will play Christmas music but they will flat out refuse to say the Christmas! " happy holidays"? what prey-tell holidays are they referring to ?
Vivian Merrill December 11, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Yes, it would appear there is a war on Christmas. Last week, i went to the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Lowell, and the workers were very upset that the Boston office demanded all branches of the registry take down their Christmas decorations because someone complained from the Revere branch. No complaints have been received regarding any other holiday.
Greg Wu and Emerson Dental December 11, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Personally, I'm looking forward to "Festivus" and the Airing of Grievances on December 23rd. P. Austin
Anna Bucciarelli December 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM
So it would appear ... been happening for quite a while. I have no real objection to "Happy Holidays" since so many happen during the same time frame but I make a point of telling whoever wishes it to me that I celebrate Christmas and ask what they celebrate so that I amy make the appropriate wish. I do strongly object to calling Christmas tees them Holiday trees ... as I said in another post, "if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it's a duck" ... same goes for a Christmas tree ... that was and is it's intended purpose, plain and simple ... it looks, smells and lights up like what it is, a Christmas tree. As for stores inviting you to spend for Holiday gifts, that too irks me, especially since they have no problem displaying Christmas items even before Hallowe'en! This whole business has gone way too far in my opinion. I appreciate others' religious holidays and also share in many of m friends' celebrations ... I just wish there were more tolerance for mine.
Phil stanway December 12, 2012 at 07:05 PM
"Happy Christmas" is the traditional English phrase.
Anna Bucciarelli December 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I'm happy to take that.
Tom Christiano December 13, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I agree with you Vivian. I think it's ridiculous that the registry was forced to take down their Christmas decorations, as they can be considered a celebration of the winter solstice, for those who aren't Christians. It doesn't have to be about one particular faith. We can all celebrate the "Holidays" with love and joy and without dividing of us into religious groups. Every office and home should be able to put up Christmas decorations as much as they want. It will help brighten up the "darkest" days of the year....which is why this all started anyway, thousands of years ago.

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