questionsdo you wish people a merry christmas or a happy…

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for me.

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I say both, hear both. Doesn't really bother me much.

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I saw both. Whatever happens to come out of my mouth at the time. But, after the 25th it's Happy Holiday's or Happy New Year.

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I say both. I don't get why anyone is offended at any happy greeting, but people are strange.

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Seeing as I'm Jewish, I err on the side of "Happy Holidays", but if someone wishes me a merry Christmas, then I will wish a merry Christmas back. At least, that's what I decided this year, since I no longer work in a Jewish store and am constantly interacting with new people.

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Always Merry Christmas, just because it's habit. I don't believe anyone has ever wished me Happy Holidays. Neither would bother me.

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I honestly don't care what people wish me. I certainly don't get offended by either greeting. That would be ridiculous, to be offended by someone else's kindhearted wishes. I'm an atheist and people wish me Merry Christmas and I say it right back. For me it's about the spirit of the greeting, not about the greeting itself.

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A belated Merry Christmas to you as well!

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Merry Christmas before and on the 25th, Happy Holiday's afterwards.

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@zuiquan: I thought I was the only one who thought it was ridiculous to care either way. It's kind of like being offended because someone says "Hello" instead of "good morning/afternoon/evening." Does it really matter what the wording is when someone is giving you well-wishes?

If I get tired of repeating "Merry Christmas" over and over will you think less of me if I decide to mix it up and say "Happy Holidays"?

Merry Christmas and happy New Year, by the way. :)

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Feliz Navidad, y'all. I've been telling retail & restaurant people who have helped me these past few days to have a "wonderful holiday," or "merry, merry" just to change up the normal "merry Christmas" greeting. What amazes me is the look of surprise I get from people when I do wish them a "merry Christmas."

I miss being able to hear elementary school children sing traditional carols (both Christmas carols & Hanukkah songs) during a school program.
It's too bad the PC pendulum has swung so far to the other side none of the major religions can be publicly acknowledged with decorations without someone becoming offended.
A menorah is not referred to as a "holiday candelabra," so why do some insist on calling an evergreen tree, associated with the celebration of a major Christian event since at least the 16th century, a "holiday tree?"
Shouldn't believers of major world religions to refer to their symbols as they wish? When did public acknowledgement become an endorsement?

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If I know for certain the person celebrates Christmas, I wish them a merry Christmas. If I don't know the person, I generally go for "Happy holidays." Whatever someone wishes me, I wish them that back.

I too am an atheist, but I celebrate Christmas with my Christian family.

I don't get offended by anyone wishing me anything. I did however get a little offended this Christmas by something someone said. My nephew greeted my sister-in-law at the door on Christmas morning and said "Happy holidays" to her. She said "Try that again but say it right this time. You should be saying 'Merry Christmas', none of that 'Happy holidays' crap." I guess it offends me when other people are offended by someone trying to be more inclusive.

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I usually say Happy Holidays just because I don't want to offend some people who don't celebrate christmas. But I guess some people also get offended when I don't say Merry Christmas :(

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I say Merry Christ Christmas as Stephen Colbert suggested - "I say it so if the atheists try to take Christ out of Christmas, there's still one left."

And my other favorite - Merry Christ-box 360

I'm not offended by Merry "X-mas" or Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, etc. etc.

The reality of the situation is that many people who are not even religious celebrate Christmas. Sure, they may celebrate for other reasons, but it's still a time of family and togetherness. I agree with most people here that if you turn your nose up at someone because you didn't fully appreciate the vocabulary they chose when sending you KIND thoughts - you seriously need to sort out your priorities.

I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas, by the way!! :)

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I use both, especially using Happy Holidays if I don't know their religion or customs.