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Poll: Is It Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

The choice of words for the season angers many.

Is it just political correctness to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" at this time of year?

Some people think it's just cultural sensitivity to say "Happy Holidays." But others find it annoying and offensive to Christians to not recognize the meaning of the season. Still others say it's just a retailer trick to get people to shop without thinking about faith.

A Religion News Service poll last year found Americans split on the issue of whether retailers should use a generic greeting out of respect for people of different faiths.

What's your view? Vote in our poll below.

Dov Neidish December 03, 2011 at 01:08 PM
In this country we are WAY too sensitive and political correctness runs amuck. I'm Jewish, and I'm not offended in the least if someone wishes me a Merry Christmas. Lets not forget our founders established this country based on Judeo-Christian philosophy and that the majority of our citizens celebrate Christmas. If I wanted everyone to great me with Happy Hanukah, I'd move to Israel. It's Christmas - deal with it.
Lara December 03, 2011 at 01:33 PM
i'm more prone to say happy holidays simply because it sort of covers all the bases! not just christmas... but thanksgiving and new years. merry christmas doesn't offend me - i just don't choose to say it myself.
Lynn Borowski December 03, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Dov, your comment says it all for most of this Nation, I believe. Thank you for expressing it so well and many Blessings to you and yours as you celebrate Hanukah and I celebrate Christmas.
Justin Dunbar December 03, 2011 at 01:38 PM
"Lets not forget our founders established this country based on Judeo-Christian philosophy" Wrong. None of the founding fathers were Christian. Anyone with a basic knowledge of history knows this.
Lynn Borowski December 03, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Justin, I guess all the pews in all the Church's I have sat in touring Boston and Philadelphia that bear the names of John Adams, George Washington, etc. are a mistake. I just visited the Church of John and Abigail Adams and their graves are in that Church. I read the book by John McCullough and Adam's Christian faith was prominent in his entire life and it sustained his unwavering sacrifice and service to found this Nation. I just never knew that it was all a lie. Thank you for enlightening me. Oh, and Merry Christmas and Blessings in the New Year.
Rosanne Spinner December 04, 2011 at 02:50 AM
My husband is Jewish and I'm Catholic. I don't object to saying Happy Holidays. I DO feel that it is all-inclusive and that the majority of people are celebrating a special holiday at this time of year! That is why there is widespread 'greetings' between most people. What I do object to, however, is a minor number of people who want to dictate to the rest of us, e.g. Not to continue calling it Christmas or Christmas tree. We don't refer to apples as if they're oranges do we? If you don't want to celebrate anything, don't. Period. That does not give you the right to stop others from doing so, even in public if they wish.
Pam Robinson (Editor) December 05, 2011 at 02:07 AM
Mt. Sinai's going back to saying "Christmas tree" next year: It's Christmas: Mount Sinai tree lighting http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/it-s-christmas-mount-sinai-tree-lighting-1.3366122
Vincent December 06, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Justin, I don't know which revisionist history books you were weaned on. To say none of the founding fathers was Christian is absolutely absurd. The First Continental Congress opened with a prayer, though which denomination was to give the prayer took some discussion. Like it or not, society was heavily influenced by Judeo-Christian Philosophy, even though our founders had the wisdom to create a secular government.

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