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  • merry xmas
  • merry christmas and a happy new year...
  • When I work in a retail store I say Happy Holidays, because you don't know who your dealing with. But to my family and friends marry Christmas
  • I say Merry Christmas or Happy Hannukah. If I don't know what the person celebrates I say "enjoy your holiday and Happy New Year!"
  • merry christmas.
  • "Merry Christmas and what's my present?"
  • Merry Christmas mostly.
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!! <33333 evol ni
  • i say merry christmas unless there jewish then i say happy holidays!!!
  • merry christmas, since a kid.
  • Both. I am not worried about being politically correct when it comes to this time of year. If someone takes offense, they are MUCH to into themselves and too sensitive. Holiday time is a time to chill and relax and allow others to do the same. In emails I say "Happy Holidays" or "Happy Holiday Season," or "Season's Greetings." Or my favorite, "Joy and Peace," which I would hope everyone would see and hear as pretty safe and not hinting at religion or holidays.
  • Merry Christmas or Happy Christmas. I think the term "Happy Holidays" is an American thing,we don't tend to say it in the UK, unless of course, you are going on a holiday!
  • I am more of a "Have A Nice Day" person. Since I don't do any holidays, it is just a simple, generic "one size fits all" kind of farewell. Speaking of "one size fits all", that has got to be the biggest fraud/lie ever invented.
  • Meryy Christmas, but I don't say it often. SOmehow it just never seems the right time. The other person always beats me to it, so I just mumble 'and you' usually
  • Happy Christmas. I'm not a Christian but always think "Happy Holidays" has a bit too much of the "trying too hard to be PC" whiff about it.
  • merry christmas, i think it's more personal.
  • I was raised Jewish/Cathlic (dont ask lol) So with my Dads family I say Happy Hanukkah and the other side of the family Merry Christmas. If I am not sure, just wish them Happy Holidays. Mostly I say "Baaah Humbug"
  • I say MERRY CHRISTMAS or Merry Chrimy! (I know weird) Our whole family says it. I only say Happy Holidays at work because I have to. I don't see why it matters if someone doesn't like it then don't go there but I do it out of respect.
  • Yahoo- both
  • I say Merry Christmas to everyone, and if they get offended, then they just get offended.
  • Merry Christmas, hohohoho. But if your Jewish or Islamic or something else then I say to you, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
  • I have never in my life said 'Happy Holidays'.
  • merry christmas.
  • It depends who I am addressing. If I do not know the faith of the person, I will say "Happy Holidays", particularly in a professional setting. If I know someone celebrates Christmas then of course I will say "Merry Christmas".
  • Happy holidays is easier than saying merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
  • I always say "Merry Christmas" because there wouldn't be a Christmas season to celebrate if Christ hadn't been born. I'm sorry if it offends any one and it is certainly not my intention to offend anyone. I'm a Christian and I'm not ashamed of it, so I'll always say "Merry Christmas" because that's my belief. If you are of another religion it is certainly with in your rites to say what you believe is right, but it is called Christmas because of Christ.
  • I say "Merry Christmas" because that is what -I- celebrate. And if they say they don't celebrate Christmas, then I'll say "Happy _____" And if they don't celebrate anything...then "Have a nice day!"
  • I've always said Merry Christmas. In all my life I have never had anyone object to it.
  • I say "Merry Christmas" because that is what I celebrate and I wish to share a wonderful occasion with others. However, I am not offended if anyone says "Happy Holidays" to me.
  • I work with a variety of people of different faiths and honestly I can't always tell which is which, so... this year I tend to say Happy Holidays. It feels awkward, though. When I was younger I worked at a Jewish organization and I still went around saying "Merry Christmas" out of habit. Noone was offended but I did get several gentle corrections from coworkers who celebrated Hannukah, so that kind of kicked me out of the habit. But really (noone is going to like this) I wish we could divorce the idea of the lighted-tree gift-giving season from the going-to-church baby-Jesus season, so that I could still say Merry Christmas to all my non-religious friends without any of the weird political implications put into it the last few years. Christmas is both a cultural AND a religious holiday, and most of the customs surrounding it were stolen from the pagan tradition anyway, so why do we have to go through this debate every year now about it being an exclusively religious holiday? The whole thing seems like part of the fundamentalist-centered movement to reassert Christianity as a national religion, and dragging everyone under the banner for celebrating the Yule holiday, when most of us are just drinking our eggnog, chilling with our families, and watching It's a Wonderful Life and not thinking about Jesus at all. I think most faiths hate to admit that many people celebrate the holidays for reasons other than religion, and this is the backlash to that. [ / rant ]
  • I say both, and even more than those. I change my greetings based upon the day, and even who I'm talking to. For instance, on Yule, I definitely say, "Happy Yule!" On the 25th, I say, "Merry Christmas." Last weekend, I had dinner with a Jewish friend. Obviously, it was, "Happy Hanukkah!” With some friends, I use, “Happy Kwanza!” If I’m unsure, I simply use, “Happy Holidays!” I find it to be much more inclusive.
  • I always say Merry Christmas. I know not everyone is a Christian but I celebrate Christmas because of Jesus the Christ. I will not change what I believe or what is in my heart because someone might be offended. I stay true to my religion and true to myself. Besides, if someone were to wish me a Happy Hanukkah or the like of their religion I would not be offended. I would simply realize they are of a different religion and I would respect that and return the felicitations.
  • Merry Christmas always.
  • Merry Christmas! (to all of you!) Happy Holidays is ok .. but I was not brought up saying it so I do not use it much. I see Christmas as a man- made thing but I love this holiday!
  • I greet people "Merry Christmas" usually. Before I used to say it too often, and I never even used "Happy Holidays" way back when I was younger. As chilren, we always adore Christmastime regardless of our faiths. Yet when I got to be more mature and have learned the different "specifications" about it, I managed to have this one in my mind (from that time on).... I greet people "Merry Christmas" if the time bends around the advent season until the actual Christmas Day; but since we usually extend our celebrations even unto the post-Christmas Season (that would include the days surrounding New Year time till the day of the Epiphany), I would usually say "Happy Holidays" to sum it all up then. Thus, for me, it would just simply depend on the specific duration of time and number of days that I want to mean.... After all the idea of whether we choose the former or the latter greeting doesn't really bank on the difference of our faiths and whether we want to contend against those who have different faiths than us or not - what matters most is the essence of the celebration... We must always remember that we are, "UNITY in DIVERSITY". The greeting or the faith doesn't matter for me; it's the essence of sharing and love that we give to people during these special days.... May God bless you all during this wonderful time of the year and forever thru..... :)
  • It depends. I say "Happy Chanukah" to my Jewish friends. I usually say, "Merry Christmas," but in some contexts I say "Happy Holidays."
  • Merry Christmas. That's what the legal holiday is anyway. In any case in America at least it is all about gift giving and shopping for gifts, bright lights and big displays and rounding out the years profits. Christ has been pretty much removed from it. So it is not a religious holiday in America anyway.
  • merry christmas and happy new year ho ho ho merry christmas!
  • For 2006, I say Monday. I try to change it up though. Next year I'll probably go with Tuesday.
  • I do a sort of mix. For some reason I never liked "merry" much but I hated wishing someone a happy holiday. So I just say Happy Christmas instead :D
  • I usually say Merry Christmas, oh and by the way MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
  • Merry Christmas, specially if I'm talking to a Christian. But if you're talking to others with different religions, might as well say "Happy Holidays".
  • If I am adressing a crowd of people I will say happy holidays simply because I think it is rude to adress only one religion's celebration. My grandma thinks everyone should say merry christmas however, and I got in a somewhat heated discussion with her as to why. (random..I know). but if I am talking to one person who I know celebrates christmas then it is obviously logical to tell them merry christmas.
  • Both, but i say "merry christmas: more often.
  • Merry Christmas, iv always wondered, can someone tell me y its MERRY christmas instead of HAPPY christmas? just post a comment
  • Definitely Happy Christmas. Happy Holidays seems too generic! xo
  • I often throw out the 'Merry Christmas' just out of habit. But when I have my brain switched on ... if I know what they celebrate I'll personalize it, and otherwise it's Happy Holidays! After all, if I'm sending a wish to somebody else it isn't really about what I celebrate.
  • Most of the time at work I would say Happy Holidays but on a few occasions I found myself saying Have a Merry Christmas. I work at a retail store since I'm in high school and they do little things overhead on the speakers that are set to go off at certain time intervals i guess and around Christmas it would say the message like about a sale we're having and then wished the shoppers a Merry Christmas, and I found that pretty suprising, but I also appreciated it. I think the society is becoming to uptight about becoming politically correct and good to hear a Merry Christmas.
  • I usually don't say either greeting, but if someone says one to me, I respond with "Happy New Year!"
  • I say Merry Christmas and let the bodies fall where they may!! LOL
  • Merry Christmas. Because when if you are in another country they will say it the way they want to for there holiday. So why should we be any different. When you are in another country there faith may be different than mine. So they will follow there way of faith and not be concerened about how I may feel about it. So why should we be any different in our country. The people that come to my country Canada, should not be offended. They should look at it as a learning experience of a different faith. I enjoy learning about other faiths and if I was in there country I would not try and change the way they celebrate there faiths and holidays. If I did this to other people then I would not be true to my faith as a christian. I don't try and force my faith on any one, but I will respect another faith if I am in there country. I hope this clears things up for you.
  • &quot;Merry Christmas."
  • Happy Holidays, not everyone celebrates christmas.
  • Always Merry Christmas because Jesus Christ is the reason for the season.
  • I've always said, MERRY CHRISTMAS.
  • merry christmas, since i could talk! but i have to agree with the fact that these days its all about "keeping up with the joneses", go in debt for 8 months to pay for 1 day of "celebration", and how many people actually do anything religiuos on this day (or others, depending on your faith)!
  • I say neither.
  • The Day is put aside to Honor and Praise the Birth of Jesus Christ. Regardless of anyone's faith, that's why that day is put aside. If that day were not put aside for the birth of Jesus, then your Holiday wouldn't start until the New Year's Eve party, and New Year Day. Do you say Happy Holidays, or do you say Happy New Year when you greet someone New Year Day? Christmas is the day put aside to Honor the birth of Jesus Christ, it's the least you can do for Jesus, seeing how he died (for our sins) nailed to a cross. And that was after being beaten to an extent that no man would have been able to endured, and made to carry his own cross up hill, knowing He would die on it (for your sins, and mine). If for no other reason, since the day is set aside for Jesus Christ's birth, we can at least have the decency to say "Merry Christmas". If it's that big of an issue, ban Christmas, and only Christians will celebrate the birth of Christ, the proper way it's meant to be celebrated. Oh what was I thinking, what would the retailers do without the added profit of the "Holiday Season"???
  • Actually i say God Jul. but in english: Merry Christmas.
  • Never Happy Holidays, but not always Merry Christmas. If I am unsure I tend to do a combination of individual holidays. If I am lazy and unsure I say Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah. ;)
  • I say "Happy Holidays" when it's not a BIG holiday. Then I say "Merry Christmas" when its Christmas.
  • I say "Merry Yule" and "Happy New Year". The former is a religious expression and the latter is a non-religious holiday.
  • Depends. If it is at Christmas time I say Merry Christmas. If I might not see the person before Christmas and the New Year I say Happy Holidays. I'm not afraid to say Merry Christmas because that is what I celebrate. If someone says Happy Holidays or any other expression of the season according to their beliefs I take it as a compliment or good wish.
  • I say Merry Christmas because I'm not afraid of the Christ in "Christmas." Many stores have told their employees not to say Merry Christmas anymore because Non Christian people get offended. I think it is crazy myself because I don't get offended when someone says Happy Halloween, and I consider that "Satan's Day and Witches Paradise." I just don't respond because I don't celebrate it, but if someone don't celebrate Christmas...just don't respond to "Merry Christmas!" However, many stores are afraid of law suits, and in today's society when Christ gets mention...people of the world get nervous, so they would rather try to get rid of Him altogether. Just as prayer was taken out of school; the world is trying to take the Christ out of Christmas. Well, I got news for people... He ain't going no where, but we are one day, and I prefer to go up with Him, instead of down without Him.... THerefore to everyone offended or Not.. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • If i know the person I address them with whatever holiday they celebrate. If I don't know them I say Happy Holidays.
  • iwould say happy holidays because not everyone celebrates christmas
  • iwould say happy holidays because not everyone celebrates christmas
  • I say "Merry Christmas!"
  • I use "Happy Christmas" or "Happy Xmas". The political correctness of the States has not reached this side of the pond yet, but it is beginning to appear in recent years.
  • I say happy holidays for Christmas is just made up.
  • Merry Christmas- I don't give crap about the other ones
  • merry xmas!!!coz xmas doesnt mean xmas break but hollidays mean break n not everyone got a break at xmas
  • Even Santa say's HO! HO! HO! MERRY CHRISTMAS!
  • I say both: Merry Christmas ~ for people who celebrates it. Happy Holidays ~ for non-believers/non-celebraters.
  • Merry Christmas to people I know, but Happy Holidays to anyone I dont, simply because I dont know if they even celebrate Christmas.
  • I tend to stick with 'Merry Festivus' I'm a big fan of the sharing the joy of the Festivus pole!
  • What happened to the good ole days when it didn't matter? I say Merry Christmas because I was raised with it and also because I am an American. If I was Jewish I would probably say Happy Hanukkah. African, Happy Kwanzaa and so on. Do you think other countries fight about this issue? lol probably not....
  • I always say Merry Christmas unless I know for a fact that someone does not celebrate it.
  • Usually Merry Christmas but also Happy Holidays. I don't agree with people getting oh-so offended about the Merry Christmas greeting if they don't celebrate it themselves. Ok so you don't celebrate it, it doesn't mean I have to censor myself or hide the fact that I celebrate it myself. Like with the whole Wal mart controversary with their ads turning it into Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Ok, it's fine if you don't celebrate it, but don't go so far as to penealize the people that do. I understand the whole sensitivity with race, religion, etc and being careful not to offend anyone in regards to it, but some people take it waaay too far.
  • I say "Happy Holidays" or "Happy New Year" unless I know for certain which holiday a person celebrates; and if I know for sure, I say "Happy Hannukah" or "Good Yule" or "Merry Christmas" or whatever. There's nothing wrong with "Happy Holidays" and to say "Merry Christmas" to someone you know doesn't celebrate Christmas is pretty rude.
  • When I climb down the chimney, I say HO! HO! HO! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY
  • there comes a point where political correctness just goes that one step too far. i am not a follower of any religion as such. however, i appreciate people's "merry christmas" wishes just as i am happy when people wish me a "happy divhali" and a "ramadhan karim", "happy hanukkah", or even national days for countries i neither live in nor come from. when we start thinking twice about whether and/or how to extend our good wishes to certain people in certain ways i seriously think we have to step back and rearrange our priorities!
  • i say marry chritmas
  • Both to family, or people I know "Merry Christmas", otherwise I try to say "Happy Holidays." Sometimes it will slip out in the natural wording of my family, but luckily I've never been confronted for it.
  • Always Merry Christmas. Too many people are trying to take Christ out of Christmas.
  • I say "Have a good one". Works for me.
  • Happy Holidays, I don't celebrate Christmas and wouldn't want to offend anyone who didn't either. Unless, of course, if they say Merry Christmas first. I say both when that happens.
  • Merry Christmas definitely
  • I say Merry Christmas to people that I know are Christian. Otherwise I do not say either.
  • Bah humbug!
  • Merry Christmas!
  • Happy Holidays. Absolutely. I don't think it's being 'too PC' (politically correct)to use this term. I think it's just a matter of social awareness that says 'yes, I am aware that there are religions other than Christianity out there.' Unless the person you are saying 'merry Christmas' to is your immediate family or friends at church, I would say to steer clear of this phrase. Another point; How would you feel if everyone assumed you were Jewish and wished you a 'Happy Hanuka?'
  • Both, but mostly Merry Christmas.
  • depends on who I am addressing. If I know the person is a practicing Jew, I would say "Happy Hannukah". but most times I just say "Merry Christmas". That is why the holidays were originally celebrated, like it or not.
  • Merry Christmas of course. Christ is the reason for the season. Duh!
    • mugwort
      Not everyone is Christian. The US is multi-religious society and some folks are Atheist or Agnostic. Duh!!!
  • merry christmas....happy holidays sounds too general and even though there are many other celebrations, Christmas is the most common and i think it is more personal
  • I like to mix it up. Sometimes I say Merry christmas, Happy Holidays, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noël, or frohe Weihnachten. It just depends on my mood at the time.
  • I say both. I don't get this whole thing of being upset by having someone wishing you a good day. Take it for what it is and leave it. It's nothing to get upset over. And Christians have just as much right to have their day regonized as the rest of us do. As a non-Christian I don't get bent when someone tells me Merry Christmas. I still celebrate it as a day for showing my family how much I love and care for them.

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