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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.

On the Levittown Patch Facebook page, residents have expressed different opinions.

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Debbie Walters Staley said: "Christmas is this time of year...Merry Christmas makes sense to me!"

 Beth Geslani Bacani shared similar sentiments: "I say keep Christ - in merry Christmas -- is the way to go."

Others had different feelings. Some people thought that this response from Liz Chechanover Ragusa made more sense: "Happy holidays unless you know specifically what the person you are speaking to celebrates."

Barbara Jean Rugen's response also got a lot of feedback: "How about we all just respect each others beliefs and say how we feel. If your giving your well wishes to someone that's what really matters leave right & wrong at the curb!"

Which do you prefer? Join in on the discussion on our Facebook page or comment below.
Tom LaSusa December 06, 2012 at 09:34 PM
On Facebook we have a group called "It's Okay To Say Happy Holidays" (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Its-Okay-To-Say-Happy-Holidays/101229576614925) -- it's a small group but the message is similar to what Liz said above: If you know a person celebrates Christmas, you wish them a Merry Christmas. If you know they're Jewish, then wish them a Happy Hanukkah. Otherwise if you don't know their beliefs (or if you even have any) then there's nothing wrong with greeting someone with "Happy Holidays." Ironically, most people seem to be unaware that the word "Holiday" originated out of old English and actually meant "Holy Day."
yeahitzme December 07, 2012 at 08:12 AM
There is nothing "wrong" with any of these terms...we just want to be able to regognize and celebrate the Christmas season along with all the other faiths that celebrate their holidays this time of year! A Christmas tree is a always going to be a Christmas tree not a Holiday tree just as the Menorah will always be a Menorah and not a Holiday Candle...We respect the faiths and customs of others to celebrate their Holy days and we just expect the same in return...So...Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Kwanza and all that Good Stuff!! There is more than enough room for all to NOT try to suppress anyone's good cheer! And if you are a non believer of any faith...I guess we will see you at work on Christmas!?
Concerned American December 07, 2012 at 10:15 AM
With all regards to all other faiths, I wish you a Merry Christmas. It's about faith, hope, charity, and love. I don't go holiday shopping, I go Christmas shopping. I don't put up a holiday tree, I put up Christmas trees. I am not trampling on anyone's holiday, and no one needs to excuse themselves for mentioning Christmas. And a happy New Year to you all, even if your New Year doesn't start soon!
dd December 07, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Sorry I work in retail as a cashier & I always say have a nice holiday unless I know for sure what the person celebrates. It really bugs me when people say Merry Christmas, I'm Jewish. I know it's a pet peeve that I have but it has happened to me all my life. I just feel that it's rude; not everyone is Christian & celebrates Christmas. The ironic thing is I was brought up celebrating Christmas (my father wasn't all Jewish). I married a Catholic & my children were brought up celebrating Christmas! I just think people should think before they speak. Happy Holidays to all!!!

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