Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

The Pew Research Center asked Americans whether stores and businesses should greet their customers by saying 'Merry Christmas' or 'Happy Holidays.'

By Mary Ellen Alu

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

How should stores greet their many customers during the holiday season?

The Pew Research Center posed that question in a survey last December. 

Of those surveyed, the majority picked Merry Christmas over a less religious greeting. But as many said "it doesn't matter" when that choice was given as an option. 

The answers were similar to those given in 2005, when Pew first posed the question.

What do you prefer, and why? Tell us in the comments.
Kevin Brutschea December 16, 2013 at 04:53 PM
I grew up around Christians, mostly Catholics. We said Merry Christmas because, well, everything we've ever had said Merry Christmas, I remember when I was about 6, or 7, around 1961 or 62, I saw my first Merry Xmas. I asked my dad where the "Christ" was. He just said "they probably didn't have room on the sign", and I never asked again. I wasn't happy about it, but it wasn't my sign so I just thought "too bad for them." When I was older, I worked with a black man. A very nice, friendly man. We didn't actually work together, but passed each other regularly, and he always had a smile. and a hello for me, and I him. One Christmas I said to him " Happy Kwansa", and his face lit up like a kid on Christmas morning. He was taken back that a white guy would know about his holiday. So what I prefer is what ever makes the other guy happy, because, afterall, that's what Christmas is really all about.


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