With Christmas just a week away, conservatives in the United States and the right-wing media have been pushing the alleged "War on Christmas" narrative. While conservatives and Republicans are usually the ones who complain about liberal political correctness, it appears they are the ones who are getting offended during the holiday season.

Merry Christmas

The Christmas holiday is the most popular in the United States, but not everyone celebrates. Some celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, some Kwanzaa.

Others go the less traditional route and partake in the fun of the "Festivus" or the "Winter Solstice," while some choose to just go about their business. While Christmas is branded as a "Christian holiday" by conservatives, many secular Americans celebrate the holiday as a time for family and friends, enjoying the season as the year comes to a close, always making sure to point out that many aspects of the holiday come from pagan traditions. As reported by The Washington Post on December 20, conservatives are not happy with the growing trend of the greeting "Happy Holidays."

Citing a poll just released by Public Policy Polling, a large number of conservatives, Republicans, and Donald Trump supporters are offended holiday greetings other than "Merry Christmas." In a survey of over 1,220 people, 46 percent of those polled said they prefer to use the greeting "Merry Christmas," with only nine percent siding with "Happy Holidays." Another 46 percent didn't mind either way.

The most interesting part of the poll was what the reaction was when broken down by political affiliation.

Twenty-one percent of self-described "very conservative" Americans were actually offended by the greeting "Happy Holidays," as were 20 percent of Gary Johnson supporters, and 18 percent of Donald Trump supporters.

Breaking down the numbers even further, more than double the number of "very conservative" were offended by "Happy Holidays," when compared to those polled who described themselves as "very liberal." only 10 percent.

War on Christmas

Despite a push from the right-wing media that there is a "War on Christmas," Public Policy Polling shows that outside of the far right, it's not that big of a deal to most Americans.

Earlier this month, Donald Trump spoke about bringing the use of the term "Merry Christmas" back, but it seems to have never actually gone away. The poll also showed that only 57 percent of registered Republicans thought there was an actual "War on Christmas," down from 68 percent when compared to the same poll from 2012.

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