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-Which Do Americans Prefer: ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Merry Christmas’?

by Dr. D ~ December 18th, 2013

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Do Americans prefer to be greeted with ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Merry Christmas’?

One survey claims that ‘Happy Holidays’ is the winner. Found in this article from the Blaze:

The Public Religion Research Institute released new survey results today, which indicate that more Americans are actually more supportive of the benign and general “Happy Holidays” than the definitive “Merry Christmas” greeting.

According to the research, 49 percent of Americans believe that stores and businesses should use the more general phraseology to be respectful of peoples’ diverse faiths, whereas 43 percent disagree with this sentiment.

An additional eight percent didn’t know or refused to answer the question.

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Response: I contend that the question asked in this survey actually determined and framed the results:

“Do you think stores and businesses should greet their customers with ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Seasons Greetings’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas’ out of respect for people of different faiths, or not.”

I believe that the results would be entirely different with ‘Merry Christmas’ winning the day if the question was:

“Which greeting do you personally prefer?”

Personally I do not mind the generic greeting while shopping as long as there are also signs celebrating Christmas. Nevertheless it personally makes my day to hear ‘Merry Christmas’ and pretty much expect it from friends and family.             *Top

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