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'Happy Holidays': Right or Wrong?

Do you consider greetings and salutations important this time of year?

The contentious debate over different holiday greetings has become another annual December tradition in our country.

When someone says "Happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas," "Happy Hanukkah," "Happy Kwanzaa" or some other occasion-specific salutation, do you consider that to be just as good, acceptable or unacceptable?

Does offering a generic greeting devalue individual holidays?

Does it matter who's offering the greeting and who's receiving it?

Is it important, as far as the greeting is concerned, whether each person knows the other's beliefs?

When someone offers you good wishes in the name of a holiday you don't celebrate, are you offended, or do you consider it just as nice a gesture?

Why do you think this became an issue at all? How long do you remember hearing about it?

Who's most responsible: religious people? Non-religious people? The media? The government?

Please give us your take in the comments section below, and weigh in on comments by your neighbors.

Renee_C December 17, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I say Merry Christmas, that is the holiday I celebrate. However, I am not offended if someone wishes me Happy Holidays. If the television stations can wish their viewers a Happy Chanukah and a Happy Kwanza, then their should be no reason why they cannot say Merry Christmas too!
Melissa December 17, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Except 'christ' was born in about May or June, not "christmas day" - the only reason we celebrate christmas is so that the catholic church could gather more pagans into their fold by incorporating a mass of pagan winter holidays into one big christian holiday. Beyond that, there is nothing wrong with being accepting and all-encompassing and saying, "Happy Holidays" instead of excluding people. "Merry Christmas" is so very specific, and out of respect for the other religions and cultures of the world, I feel it more appropriate to wish people Happy Holidays or just say nothing at all.
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