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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays? What do YOU Say?

happy-holidays or merry christmasDo you say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”? The phrase “Merry Christmas” is much more popular than the the phrase “Happy Holidays” according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the phrase “Merry Christmas” is a far bigger part of our culture than “Happy Holidays.” And “Merry Christmas” is bigger by quite a margin, 17-to-1!  The newspaper says that “Happy Holidays” took a large jump about 10 years ago, increasing almost 200% from the late ’90s through the early ’00s. But “Merry Christmas” is still the phrase of choice for most Americans.The Wall Street Journal researched the “Merry Christmas” vs “Happy Holidays” debate by using Google’s Books Ngram Viewer.  The tool was released last week and lets users search the Google database of words from more than 5 million books. The newspaper reports that more authors have been using the phrase “Merry Christmas” which stacks the deck even more.

Do you say “Merry Christmas” or do you wish people “Happy Holidays”?  Inquiring minds want to know!

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