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Tell Us: Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

You might be surprised at the results of a poll on the subject.

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

When it comes to season's greetings, a new poll shows the majority of Americans prefer saying "Merry Christmas" to "Happy Holidays."

According to a survey from Rasmussen Reports, 68 percent of 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.

It doesn't end there. There have been "Christmas trees" banned or replaced with "holiday trees" and nativity scenes moved to private property to avoid offending some, like the ones formerly in Palisades Park in Santa Monica. This year, the Santa Monica City Council voted to ban all types of religious displays—even the life-sized Christian dioramas that have been a regular sight for the past 60 years.

The topic has been a hot one for years. Some say greetings such as "Merry Christmas" and displaying nativity scenes excludes non-Christians. Others believe the religious connotation behind the greeting should not be sanctioned by government or schools.

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, Festivus or anything else at this time of year, we want to know what you think. Is "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" your choice? Let us know the reason behind your preference in the comments section below.

The Captain December 11, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I believe that the banning or "genericizing" of religious-specific greetings or displays has exactly the opposite effect that the politically correct motivations behind such behavior intends. Rather than contributing to tolerance of diversity, which would mean acceptance of your fellow man's beliefs and customs; ignoring or actively preventing people from practicing their traditions and customs is wrong and makes people more intolerant and therefore more divided.
The Captain December 11, 2012 at 04:45 PM
And by the way, I'm an athiest.
Vicki Planck December 11, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Merry Christmas!
Elizabeth December 11, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I am fairly religious, but wishing "Merry Christmas" to everyone I meet in this great multicultural city makes as much sense as wishing "Happy Anniversary" to people regardless of whether I know their marital status. It doesn't undermine my faith to wish a stranger "Happy Holidays." It's my way expressing hope that they enjoy some aspect of this season--whether it's a religious observance, secular year-end celebration or just a few days off from work, or even a little much-needed cash from a part-time holiday job.
Keikkee December 11, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Since Christmas imitates a pagan holiday that was celebrated at the same time and since we know for certain that Christ was not born on 12/25, it really doesn't matter.

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