Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? It depends on who you ask

Dec. 21, 2012 @ 05:34 PM

Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas? Although both greetings are in good spirits, some people prefer one to the other.
Retailers and other places that serve the public moved away from saying Merry Christmas to customers because it is a Christian holiday and, in short, people of every religion have money to spend, and Christianity is not the only religion observed in America.
Nancy Hollister of High Point, 38, said wishing people a Merry Christmas isn’t a bad thing.
“I wish everyone a Merry Christmas,” she said. “It doesn’t mean I think everyone is a Christian. It’s just because I am, and that’s what I celebrate.”
Daina Capella, 25, of Greensboro, said Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings are sayings that came out of the hypersensitivity of society.
“America is for everyone, so I do say Happy Holidays to be PC, but just because I wish you a Merry Christmas doesn’t mean I’m shoving my Christianity down your throat. It’s just a greeting in good spirit. If someone wished me a Happy Hanukkah, I wouldn’t be offended.”
Ross Creeg, 58, of High Point, said it really doesn’t matter.
“Nobody is going to take Christ out of Christmas for me,” Creeg said. “If someone says ‘Happy Holidays’ to me, I smile, wave and say ‘Merry Christmas.’ Not in a mean way. That’s not what the season is about.”
Dave Jackson, 47, of High Point, said wishing people happy holidays is a safer option.
“In this day and age, we have to be cognizant of everybody and sensitive to the fact that everyone doesn’t celebrate Christmas. It’s the land of the free.”

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