.

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

What do you say around this time of the year?

It's a debate that now 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, saying people who insist on "Happy Holidays" are being too politically correct.

East Meadow Patch asked readers on Facebook what they thought on the matter and many said that they used more than one term.

Like East Meadow Patch on Facebook.

"It all depends on who I am saying it to," Jane Randall said. "If I know what the person's religion is, then I wish them that accordingly. If I don't know the person then I generally say 'I hope your holiday is a happy one.'"

"I always try to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and if I'm sure they celebrate, otherwise I use Happy Holidays when I don't know the person's religion," Pauline Christakos said.

Kimberly Schmitt Davis said that she happy to hear any of the greetings during the holiday season.

"It's nice to hear people say something nice, no matter what it is," she said.

 

What term do you prefer? Tell us in the comments below.

Chrissy December 12, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Very simple, wish Christians a Merry Christmas, those who are Jewish a Happy Chanakuh, those who celebrate Kwanza a Happy Kwanza, and so on. Not very difficult. I have many Jewish friends who wish me a Merry Christmas and I wish them a Happy Chanakuh! If you don't know, I do not think it is a problem simply asking how they celebrate.
Augie December 12, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Merry Christmas!
paul December 13, 2012 at 04:14 AM
It is only a debate because the media and press create this frenzy.. "It's a debate that now 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"?"
Trudi Greissle Davidoff December 13, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Happy Holidays works for everyone. War on Christmas is BS, as Christmas is a birthday and that's just one day. Next time you hear War on Christmas ask the person is they mean war on commercialized marketing?

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something