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"Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays?"

Which cheery greeting do you prefer? Here's what a majority of Americans polled said they would rather hear at this season.

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 comment section below.

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  • Beating the Holiday Blues

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Lorie December 11, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Merry Christmas!
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Honestly, I really don't care. I say Merry Christmas when I'm sure someone is Christian, and Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends, and when I'm not positive I say Happy Holidays. I don't say it because I'm afraid of offending someone, I say because to me it's being considerate to consider that someone may not share my views. Also, for me its easier than saying happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year!!! You may have noticed the absence of Happy Kwanzaa, but I don't know anyone who celebrates it, so I know little about and have no need to say it.
DBell December 11, 2012 at 11:52 PM
If your offended by a pleasant greeting of any kind, then you are a small minded petty individual that I could care less about your 'feelings' Go crawl back into your mothers womb and cry me a river. What a ridiculous thing to be offended by. Great me anyway you wish during the holiday season (Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, what ever) and if you have a sincere smile on your face I will return the warm feelings in kind. Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your heart is filled with joy during this time of the year!
Ash Leigh December 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I just start saying, Happy Holidays around Thanksgiving. That covers everything until New Year. :)
Cheryl Lessman December 12, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Happy Holidays for all of the December festivities suits me most.
Glenn Ellen Smith December 12, 2012 at 08:53 PM
My first greeting or salutation is Merry Christmas.There are seven holidays (of prominence?) in December: World Aids Day, 12-1, Hanukkah 12-8 to 16, Christmas 12-25, Boxing Day 12-26, Kwanzza 12-26 and New Year's Eve 12-31 according to a Google search of December Holidays. Yes, I believe that CHRISTmas is the main holiday. But, do I want your faith to be dismissed? No, I don't, but I think happy holidays is dismissive of a person's faith. When I say Merry Christmas. to me, it's the same as wishing you good health, prosperity and the blessings of a wonderful life given to you by your beliefs. So, to everyone who now knows my reason for saying Merry Christmas, "Merry Christmas" and if appropriate, "Happy Hanukkah"!
sam oliva December 15, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Merry Christmas! Luke 2:1

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