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.'

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.
ejmperez27 December 16, 2013 at 08:53 AM
On a recent travel experience, I had positive reactions to my greeting. Travel personnel, wished "Happy Holidays" to their travelers; I replied with "Merry Christmas". Each time, from St John, St Thomas, San Juan, and Newark, the response was a quick second glance with a big smile and "Merry Christmas!".
Fae Danner December 16, 2013 at 09:15 AM
If it's Hanukkah I say "Happy Hanukkah." If it's Christmas I say "Merry Christmas." Actually, although we know that is probably not His real birthday, we celebrate Christ's birth on that day. So, in my very strong opinion, it is logical that we would use the greeting that honors Him; He is the reason we are celebrating. But it doesn't throw me into panic mode if someone uses "Happy Holidays."


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