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Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

What do you say around this time of the year?

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"?
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"?
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 everyone."

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," she wrote.

Which do you prefer?