Modern Twist on the “War on Christmas”

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Modern Twist on the “War on Christmas”

Marissa Robinson, Author

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Every year near December, the long lived “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays” saying is debated. In the past, “Merry Christmas” has been the holiday greeting most commonly used. As years go by, more and more people have started celebrating different holidays and traditions, thus making the saying “Happy Holidays” more politically correct.  

The answer to this question is perhaps better solved at a personal level than by making broad, sweeping statements. 

From The Atlantic

Nowadays, businesses are being told to wish the customers a “happy holiday” because the public is so diverse.  In a 2016 poll, 67 percent of Republicans prefer “Merry Christmas” while 30 percent of Democrats agree. Another poll suggests that over 89 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, so you could argue that “Merry Christmas” as a holiday greeting is more in favor anyway.  

For some people, they’d rather be general than impolite. If you celebrate Christmas and someone wishes you a “Happy Holiday,” you should consider that maybe they are being general because they are in fear of offending someone, which happens frequently in society.  

Everyone has their own beliefs, so there is no need to put others down for what they chose to say. Neither “Happy Holidays” nor “Merry Christmas” should be considered an insult. The holidays are a time to give back, so take the expression as a positive message instead of making in into an insult.  

“Merry Christmas” doesn’t have to have a political connotation to it unless you make it that way, which is what society has done.  

The “war on Christmas” should have a simple answer. Based on your personal beliefs and relations, say what you think is appropriate. If you know someone that celebrates Christmas, then wish them a “Merry Christmas.” When you’re out in public and not sure, then it’s best to be general and wish them a “Happy Holiday.”