(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 # 31
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    9812 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
    Member
    411 posts
    Helper bee

    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
    Member
    10028 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I like both, no problem with either, or any other friendly, holiday related greeting.

    Post # 34
    Member
    1761 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Merry Christmas because the holiday season is based off Christmas.

    Post # 35
    Member
    927 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    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
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    67 posts
    Worker bee

    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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    267 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: St. petersburg, FL

    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
    Member
    2185 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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 # 40
    Member
    671 posts
    Busy bee

    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 # 42
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    2102 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    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 # 44
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    2925 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    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.

    Post # 45
    Member
    810 posts
    Busy bee

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