(Poll) Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

posted 2 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: What is the best way to greet people during the holiday season (Christmas-time)?
    Happy Holidays : (58 votes)
    45 %
    Merry Christmas : (63 votes)
    49 %
    Other : (8 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 16
    684 posts
    Busy bee

    Christmas is a Christian holiday, so I voted for Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays wouldnt offend me, though. 

    Post # 17
    1369 posts
    Bumble bee

    Neither bother me, but saying Happy Holidays shouldn’t be offensive to anyone. It’s absurd if you’re offended by this. Why? Because Happy Holidays means “I hope ALL of the holidays you’re celebrating during this holiday season are celebrated happily.” Because there’s more than one holiday during the Holiday Season, it stands to reason that saying Happy Holiday merely lumps them all together. Not offensive. 

    Post # 18
    187 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    I don’t get offended either way. I usually say ” Merry Christmas” because honestly it’s what I grew up hearing and what I am comfortable saying. 

    Post # 19
    2217 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

    I holler “Light up the Yule log, brohas!” so as to offend everyone equally. 




    Post # 20
    1631 posts
    Bumble bee

    Happy Holidays unless you know the holiday they celebrate. 

    But nobody should be so upset over someone wishing them joy. Christmas has a secular commercial aspect to it in the United States, so I don’t think it’s that big of a deal to say it to someone who isn’t Christian. 

    Plenty of atheists and agnostics “celebrate” with things like trees and gifts and Santa and reindeer and gingerbread houses. I honestly didn’t know Christmas was a Christian holiday until middle school because we only did the secular aspects. 

    Don’t know why Christians get upset at Happy Holidays. We are a multi-faith society. 

    Post # 21
    2794 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I’m a Brit and here Happy Holidays isn’t really said (in fact it just sounds so ‘American’ to me) 

    you sometimes see it in shops but the tend to be American brands. To me it is just part of the Americanisation of Britain. Things like Halloween, baby showers, gender reveals, prom etc are all becoming bigger over here and this year a Sunday newspaper even had a ‘perfect Thanksgiving meal planner’ (WTF?)

    anyway – most people will say happy Christmas in shops and I don’t think anyone gets offended by that. You can’t really escape that it’s christmas and as others have said the greeting is supposed to be joyful not hurtful. 

    Post # 22
    13595 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I don’t get offended by either. Darling Husband and I are a mixed religion household, so we often get Happy Holidays. Neither of us care if someone wishes the other a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah. Personally, I think people who actually get offended over this sh*t need to get a life.

    Post # 23
    1842 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I don’t really say either, but if someone says it to me first, I’ll respond using whatever they said. I grew up celebrating Christmas and I consider myself atheist now, but I can’t really escape Christmas. I don’t really get offended by people saying Merry Christmas to me, but I do think it perpetuates the fact that America is 100% Christian, which it clearly isn’t. It’s hard to celebrate diversity or show inclusion when we are assuming everyone we meet is Christian.

    I cannot fathom people’s offense at Happy Holidays, but I recognize that it’s mostly an issue people use to rile up conservatives, at least where I’ve seen it. (ahem, Trump’s strange boy scouts speech). 

    Post # 24
    577 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    The fantasy that so many Christians in America have about their religion and culture being “under attack” is the ultimate in delicate snowflake self-pity. But Fox News et al. would have you believe that the left is being “too politically correct” because we expect an adult man to make it through a fifteen minute ceremony honoring Navajo code talkers without referring to Pocahontas. 

    Post # 25
    9172 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    i am jewish so i always say happy holidays.  but if someone says merry christmas to me, i am not offended.  unless they know i am jewish, in which case i appreciate when they say happy hanukkah.

    Post # 26
    6806 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I’m Jewish but I do celebrate Christmas. It’s actually my favorite holiday! I just love all the happiness and giving and generosity.

    Happy Holidays…Merry Christmas…it doesn’t matter to me. The only people I’ve ever seen/heard get offended by either of these expressions are Christians who think Happy Holidays is PC nonsense and that somehow Christmas is under attack. Ugh.

    Post # 27
    9630 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

    I say “Happy Holidays” because it’s all inclusive, and this is the holiday season. “Merry Christmas” doesn’t bother me, but “Have a blessed day” really pisses me off, for whatever reason.

    Post # 28
    2221 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I say both. I’m an atheist but I love Christmas and love the holiday season. I would never be offended if someone wished me Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other specific holiday.

    IMO this is a completely made up Fox News issue, in order to stir up “us against them” angst in old white conservatives who wish for the good old days when there was only one prominent color and religion of people in the US. This made up “persecution of Christians” and “war on Christmas” is how you get people like serial child molester Roy Moore in politics. It’s so blatant and trite.

    Reminds me of a quote – “When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels a lot like oppression.”

    Post # 29
    2606 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

    If I know someone celebrates a certain holiday I will say “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” etc. However, mostly at work or when I do not know what holiday someone celebrates I am more ambiguous “Happy Holidays,” “Enjoy your holiday,” or even “Season’s greetings!”

    I am Catholic and celebrate Christmas, I do appreciate when people say “Merry Christmas” who know that I am Catholic, but I do not get offended when someone says “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy Holidays.” Why should I be mad if someone is wishing me well? I never understood that

    Post # 30
    5113 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I mostly say Merry Christmas. The vast majority of people I know, whether they consider themselves Christian or not celebrate Christmas and so do I. I don’t really use the phrase Happy Holidays, but I’d say “Have a great holiday” to someone if I wasn’t sure what/if they celebrate. If I worked with the public, like in a retail setting, I’d be more apt to use Happy Holidays unless it was obvious what they celebrate or I’d just say have a great day.

    It’s a friendly greeting, I don’t see why anyone should get offended no matter what a person says to them unless that person is trying to be deliberately derogatory.

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