Is it "Merry Christmas" or Happy Holidays"? The debate has been going on for years about what to say during the holidays when you greet people. The dispute is likely to continue, but there are some things to consider when you are wondering what to say when you greet others.

Stores and businesses

Stores and businesses have concerns about what they should tell sales people to say to their customers. Since they are under pressure to avoid offending anyone, they have gotten away from saying anything about Christmas in their greeting.

They go with a generic greeting in an effort to satisfy everyone and not just Christians. Therefore, they deliberately leave the word "Christmas" out of their greetings.

Political preference

Every survey that has been done reveals amazing results. It seems that a person's political preference has a lot to do with how they greet others during the holiday. About 66 percent of all Democrats prefer to use the non-religious greeting by saying "Happy Holidays." On the other hand, about 67 percent of all Republicans and Independents favor "Merry Christmas" as their acceptable greeting.

Democrats are getting away from saying "Merry Christmas" because the Christmas holiday has become more secular than holy. Democrats believe businesses should use the generic greeting of "Happy Holidays" to be fair to people from different religious backgrounds.

Age preference

Political party preference is not the only indicator of what people say. Another survey proves that age plays a big part in what people prefer saying.

Two-thirds, or 67 percent, of young adults say they believe businesses should merely say "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings." Older people prefer hearing and saying what they grew up with. Long ago, it was not a debate about what to say. People weren't as touchy about the greeting of "Merry Christmas" as they are today. Most people could say those two words without any backlash.

Which greeting do you prefer?

Is it "Happy Holiday," "Merry Christmas," or something else?

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