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 “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," nativity scenes scrapped to avoid offending some, and the list goes on. Some say such things as “Merry Christmas” and nativity scenes exclude non-Christians.

The so-called “War on Christmas” has been a hot topic for years, with some saying “Merry Christmas” excludes non-Christians. Others believe the religious connotation behind the greeting does not belong in government or schools.

We want to know what you think . . . do you prefer “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”? Let us know the reason behind your preference in the in the comment section below.

Shannon Macdonald December 10, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I prefer Happy Holidays -- because not everyone celebrates Christmas. Even though my family celebrates Christmas, I always send "Happy Holidays" or "Happy New Year" cards instead of "Christmas cards". I usually select snowmen or snowflakes for the card design.
Emcee of Seekonk December 10, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Merry Christmas. I even think I'll buy the 'Madonna and Child' stamps for the envelope this year. Usually, I go with snowflakes and snowmen.
Ken Scott December 10, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Definitely, MERRY CHRISTMAS, If you do not celebrate Christmas well that's your choice but mine is to have a Merry Christmas.
Avon Barksdale December 10, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I can't imagine caring much less about anything.
Patrick December 10, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Well, calling a Christmas tree a Holiday tree is as stupid as calling a Menorah a Holiday Candellabra. That said, which greeting is appropritate depends on the situation. It makes sense for people at cash registers to say Happy Holidays because they don't know who they are talking to. I do not work in customer service so I say Merry Christmas unless I know the person I'm talking to is Jewish. Here is how I handle other holiday season scenarios: At the post office: "No, I don't want to buy any Girlscout cookies." Outside the grocery store: "No, I don't want to buy any Girlscout cookies." "Yes, here is a dollar for your big red bucket." At the mall: "No, I don't want to buy any Girlscout cookies." "No, I'm not interested in electronic cigarettes/stuff to clean sneakers/bedazzled iPhone cases/whatever that smelly thing is." In line to purchase anything, anywhere: "Excuse me, but crawling up my colon will not get you out of this store any faster. You're probably the same idiot that thinks tailgating me and flashing your lights will make the cars ahead of me move faster. You are waste of perfectly good human tissue and should submit yourself for recycling, and No, I don't want to buy any Girlscout cookies. You don't even have a daughter, where did you get those?"
BH December 10, 2012 at 07:11 PM
70% is great and all but what about the 30%? In mansfield that is about 10,000 people or 100 million across the country. I would like to know what some people who demand everything stay "Christmas centric" would say if they moved to a community where the majority celebrated a different holiday. If public tv, ads, storefronts all celebrated a Jewish, African american, Muslim or any other holiday besides Christmas. Would they feel left out? Wish greetings were more universal? The majority of people are selfish in one way or another (not always a bad thing) and when something suits them its easier to accept it and defend it rather than put yourself in someone else's shoes.
Sol December 10, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Reading this article helps to reinforce my decison to leave Foxboro for Sharon. It's NOT Christmas seson, it's the Holiday season. Why is that so hard for you to accept? Happy freaking holidays and Go Sharon!
Indiana December 10, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Merry Christmas! Or what your local ACLU chapter prefers you to say
deb of see-attleboro December 10, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Good for you, Emcee:) Maybe I'll do the same. It is about time I replace my negative message of upside down flag stamps with the positive message of the birth of our Lord and Savior!!
Avon Barksdale December 10, 2012 at 07:39 PM
In the grand scheme of things, I just want to not hear Carol Of The Bells anymore.
Lady DiA December 10, 2012 at 07:40 PM
do you say anything ? from your comments, you can't even say "happy holidays", for fear you would offend atheists, who celebrate no holidays this month ? think they would feel left out ? Merry Christmas to you.. most people just reply thank you, and the same to you...
paul December 10, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Have a merry Kwanzaa and a happy Festivus for the rest of us.
Avon Barksdale December 10, 2012 at 08:13 PM
How about people just go with "huh, I think I'll do whatever I feel like doing, and everyone else can do what they feel like doing, and that's all fine."
BH December 10, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Lady Dia, Happy Holidays is much different than a greeting from one religion. Happy holidays doesn't say hey you're Christian or Jewish or Muslim, it says enjoy whatever holiday you celebrate. I'm sure there are far fewer agnostic or atheists than there are other religions combined. We are talking about 30%, one out of three people. And be careful about assuming or accusing me and my beliefs of being wrong or against the norm, that's the problem. I can believe in anything I want. If every storefront said Happy Eid al-Fitr, would you just say thank you and be on your way? Doesn't seem like it.
Richard W. Lunt December 10, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I say Merry Christmas.
Patrick December 10, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I would listen to that all day, every day if it meant they wouldn't play that horrible Christmas Shoes song.
Paul Lasiewski December 10, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Patrick December 10, 2012 at 08:44 PM
How are upside down flag stamps a negative message? A message to who? What's the point?
Susan December 10, 2012 at 08:58 PM
And MERRY CHRISTMAS to you in Sharon too!!!!!!
Amy December 10, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Merry Christmas!
BH December 10, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Haha Festivus. And now for the feats of strength!
Briana Auclair December 11, 2012 at 04:23 AM
I'm not very religious, though I celebrate Christmas. I have no issue saying Happy Holidays to people because I respect those of other faiths in hopes they will be of mine. If a stranger says Merry Christmas, they get one in return as well. If someone told me Happy Hanukkah I'd say Happy Hanukkah back and probably throw in a Shalom too. I have no major religion to shove down others throats, as I hope they won't to me. I do see issue with "Holiday Tree" as most other religions do not celebrate with a tree. I agree with Patrick, if Christians were told that everywhere "We're lighting a 'Holiday Candelabra' for you...its not a Menorah because we're calling it a Holiday Candelabra", we'd all try to figure out why they are treating us like idiots. I find most Jewish people just shrug and smile when I joke about it like "It's okay, I do know my religion better than that." To all the Jews- thanks for putting up with us. haha
sharon crehan December 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I say Happy Chirstmas,HappyHanukkah,Happy Quanza...let all enjoy their holiday and be " Happy"!
Cheryl Davis December 11, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I say "happy holidays" during the holiday seasons happy Hanukkah on Hanukkah merry Xmas on Christmas & Xmas eve & happy new year on New Years ! It's a holiday season not just about Christmas.
STEVE H December 11, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Fiscal Conservative December 11, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Since people are afraid to say it, I will: Bah, Humbug!!! The meaning is now lost on spend, spend, spend. If people try to "publicly" enjoy the true meaning of the days they get ridiculed for doing so. This country is so screwed up, it may be beyond fixing. I'll enjoy the holiday, reflecting on it's true meaning whether Christian, Jewish or whatever. There is meaning for everyone, if one digs deep enough for it. Sad too say, some may never be able to find the meaning of this season. I feel sorry for them.
Donna Lane December 11, 2012 at 09:51 PM
To me, saying Merry Christmas has never been meant as exclusionary. It's the holiday -- holy day -- I celebrate and have celebrated for more than half a century. I know my peer group feels the same To my Jewish friends I say Happy Hanukkah. Otherwise, I wish people a Merry Christmas. I am saddened by the hostility some folks interject into the season because they want to change "tradition". Yell as loud as you want. To some of us it will fall on deaf ears because to us, it will always be Merry Christmas -- a Christmas tree -- the Christmas season -- Feliz Navidad,
Fiscal Conservative December 11, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Thank you
Michael Kreyssig December 12, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Inside the little square on my Calandar on the 25th day of December are the words "Christmas day". I have Christmas day off from work...not a day called Holiday. I'm an agnostic and I say Merry Christmas to everyone unless I know ahead of time that a person practices a religion that celebrates something else. I am so tired of these vocal few and their war on religion. What is so offensive about Christmas that one cannot even stand to utter or hear the words "Merry Christmas"? If one does not wish to celebrate the birth of Christ then celebrate a season of giving and helping your fellow man. Teach your children to do the same. Get over yourselves.
Sunday Morning December 19, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Merry Christmas! Nuff said...


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