Post # 31
I would say both. If I know someone celebrates Christmas I will tell them Merry Christmas. If I don’t know the person, Happy Holidays is great because it is inclusive. I don’t get offended when people say either to me (and I’m an athiest). Whatever this “war on christmas” they speak of, that’s completely made up propaganda
Post # 32
Its funny because when I was a kid I remember people used to be offended by the commercialization of Christmas and how it was taking away the real meaning of the holiday, but these days people seem offended that Christmas isn’t being commercialized enough.
Post # 33
I like both, no problem with either, or any other friendly, holiday related greeting.
Post # 34
Merry Christmas because the holiday season is based off Christmas.
Post # 35
I usually just snarl at people and crawl back to my introvert cave.
Realistically, though, if someone takes the time to wish me happy holidays/Christmas/Festivus, I’m not going to get bent out of shape over which noun they use. If you’re affronted by someone wishing you well for the holidays, you should just stay home until January 2nd.
Post # 36
I work from home and I do not ever meet my clients face to face or know anything personal about them, so when writing to them I mostly use Happy Holidays to be inclusive of not only all faiths, but also all holidays – there are quite a few within a month. If they write to me Merry Christmas first, I will write that back to them as my greeting, but most of my clients say Happy Holidays as well. My company sends a company wide email just to remind us each year that we have such a diverse client base that we should be mindful about our greetings. Which I think is important, not just at work, but also in life – everyone celebrates different things and that’s okay.
When I am around my family, I just say Merry Christmas. But my holiday cards this year say Happy Holidays, just like all my past holiday cards. It doesn’t matter to me what greeting people say to me, so I don’t get why people are always so upset when their cashier or barista says “Happy Holidays”.
Post # 37
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If I am talking to friends/family, I will say Merry Christmas, but I use “Happy Holidays” as my general go-to. The card my SO and I sent out to our friends and family did say Happy Holidays though, as we have friends of all different faiths.
Post # 38
Happy Holidays as there are many holidays being celebrated this time of year. I’m not offended if someone says Merry Christmas, I choose to include all the holidays.
Post # 39
Thanks for all the replies!! I find the topic pretty interesting and it hadn’t occured to me that I may be offending someone either way. I usually say what seems fitting for the situation.
Follow up question: How do you feel about the debut of the Presidential card that says “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” versus last years’ “Happy Holidays”?
Post # 40
I celebrate Christmas but say ‘Happy Holidays’. American Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve (big deal in my family), Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day are in such rapid succession it just makes more sense to me to say “Happy Holidays” November-January.
Post # 41
SomethingBleu : To answer the follow up, it’s pretty on-brand for POTUS.
Post # 42
SomethingBleu : IMO it’s a little hunk of red meat to his base of “us vs them” racists. When your poll numbers are at historical lows in the 30s after less than a year, you gotta keep the base happy.
Post # 43
kristin36890 : Why do you say that?
Post # 44
I say Happy Holidays starting Thanksgiving. On Christmas itself (and Christmas eve) I say Merry Christmas. I had a coworker a long time ago get offended that I wished him a Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays. He was Jewish and I didn’t know that, so since then, I just cover my butt by saying Happy Holidays instead.