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.
For Garden City Patch Facebook user Micheline Hull Dolan if
she knows someone personally and knows what they celebrate she greets
them for that specific holiday.
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"But I always feel it is better to be
inclusive..there are so many holidays in this season..even if you do
celebrate Christmas, you also celebrate Thanksgiving and the New Year
too," she adds. "I am never offended if anyone wishes me Merry Christmas, Happy
Hanukkah or Happy Holidays..We need more good wishes in this world."
Jill Shea Mathers adds, "I
like Merry Christmas the week or two before Christmas, or if I know I
want see someone until after. But I use Happy Holidays to mean
everything from Thanksgiving to New Years."
Janna King agrees. "I
would say Merry Christmas to people who I know celebrate Christmas,
otherwise I prefer Happy Holidays because it's more inclusive of
Tamara L Friend
said she uses both phrases. "I myself say Happy Holidays in the
beginning of December and Merry Christmas as the holiday approaches,"