Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

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Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?
Mon, 12-16-2013 - 10:46pm

When issuing holiday greetings, what do you usually say?  Do you usually say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?  Do you have a different greeting? Does it annoy you if someone says one thing or another (I've seen so much debate over this on Facebook lately!)?

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 12-20-2013 - 2:04pm

I never have a problem with people wishing me happy anything. I usually say Merry Christmas when I mean Christmas, and Happy Holidays when I'm talking about Christmas and New Year's or speaking to someone I know doesn't celebrate Christmas.

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Thu, 12-19-2013 - 1:16am

"X" is an ancient abbreviation for "Christ."  And there are more than one holiday celebrated during this "season" so I really don't care what anyone says, I take it as "well wishes," which is nice.  It's only when the "happy holidays" greeting is imposed on students or workers that I have an issue.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Tue, 12-17-2013 - 9:53pm

I don't do either.  I do not really do holiday greetings. If someone says Merry Chirstmas to me then I may reply Merry Christmas.   Neither annoys me. 

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Tue, 12-17-2013 - 11:16am

I say happy holidays since that can mean thanksgiving, Christmas and new years too just in case I don't see that person again for a few weeks. YOu know how busy people get during this time of hte year.


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Registered: 06-03-2005
Tue, 12-17-2013 - 9:16am

I usually say "Happy Holidays!" 

I've seen the debate as well and honestly, it ticks me off with the "I'm going to say whatever I want to say and if it upsets you, so what. YOU need to get over it." I HATE that stance. That is a selfish stance, IMO. No, you shouldn't get upset if someone wishes you a Merry Christmas if you don't celebrate it (and I'm going to go out on a limb and say that most people who wish you a Merry Christmas aren't wishing you one for religious reasons — Christmas to a lot of people is family/friends/kindness time and they don't focus on the religious aspect) but why not just take into account that not everything revolves you and your beliefs and just wish a Happy Holidays? Be considerate of others' feelings especially at this time of year. 

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Tue, 12-17-2013 - 7:48am

I use both Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, the holidays don't begin and end on Christmas day anyway. The only one that annoys me is Merry "Xmas", I mean seriously, Are you too lazy to spell out Christmas or what...