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Do You Prefer “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays?”

Do you prefer to say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays?" Find out how Americans responded in a new poll.

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.”

The survey from Rasmussen Reports finds that 68 percent of the people polled prefer the traditional “Merry Christmas” while just 23 percent like "Happy Holidays," which can cover a variety of occasions.

It doesn’t end there.

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.

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. Take our poll and tell us if you prefer “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” Let us know the reason behind your preference in the in the comment section below.

tom December 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Merry Christmas.
LB December 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM
When someone is kind enough to wish me well, I don't quibble about how they express it. I usually say Merry Christmas because it feels more natural.
Marian Sleczkowski December 21, 2012 at 06:40 PM
It IS a Christian Holiday, so for me it is Merry Christmas!!
Bill Mills December 21, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Definitely MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! We are celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without the celebration of his birth - there would be no holiday season.
Sara B. December 21, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Personally, I do not care. I like both. If I know the person celebrates Christmas, I say "Merry Christmas". If I am not sure, or if the person does not celebrate Christmas, I say "Happy Holidays"! Happy Holidays is neutral, and nobody will be offended. Merry Christmas to all of you!
Kris Pike December 22, 2012 at 02:22 PM
then why do we say Happy Thanksgiving or Happy New year knowing that there are people who don't celebrate them?
Sherry December 22, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Merry CHRISTmas!!!

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