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Poll: Do your Prefer “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays?”

Drum roll please. A new poll shows the majority of Americans prefer ...

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

When it comes to season’s greetings, a new poll shows the majority of Americans prefer “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays.”

The survey from Rasmussen Reports finds that 68 percent of the people polled prefer the traditional “Merry Christmas” while just 23 percent like "Happy Holidays," which can cover a variety of occasions.

It doesn’t end there.

When it comes to holiday signs, a whopping 70 percent of shoppers polled said they prefer to be greeted with “Merry Christmas” in stores rather than the more neutral Happy Holidays, according to a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

The so-called “War on Christmas” has been a hot topic for years, with some saying “Merry Christmas” excludes non-Christians. Others believe the religious connotation behind the greeting does not belong in government or schools.

We want to know what you think. Take our poll and tell us if you prefer “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” Let us know the reason behind your preference in the in the comment section below.

Ted Taylor 4 December 03, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I tried to be politically correct for many years in business, but recently realized we can celebrate all holidays by name - Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year, etc. Why shouldn't we be proud of our beliefs and traditions! :-)
Andrea December 03, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I totally agree with Ted Taylor 4. The only reason we celebrate Christmas is because it is the birth of Jesus. No matter how many people, organizations want to deny that fact - It is the "reason for the season". So I say MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone. I am proud of my belief.
Sandy K December 03, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I agree w/the above. We should be able to celebrate the birth of our Lord, as do other religions celebrate their holidays. This is why many nationalities come to America, there is suposed to be freedom of religion here.
Aloofnd December 05, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Recently became unpleasantly re-acquainted with how the religious right still treats anything arbitrarily deemed insufficiently officiously christian. Until those people evolve, I'll stick with Happy Holidays. The pagan solstice traditions are far older and more established than the relatively new dogma with which christianity has attempted to usurp the season. Froheliche Weinachten! All blessing be upon you, And all those you hold dear, As the Yule log burns, And friends gather near.

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