Has it become a bad thing to say Merry Christmas’? It seems more people are trading in that particular sentiment in exchange for the generic Happy Holidays’. Some say Happy Holidays’ has become the phrase of choice for many people.
Yet according to Rasmussen Reports , a telephone poll found that 70 percent of Americans say that they actually prefer that stores use signs that say Merry Christmas’ to Happy Holidays’.
I’m not surprised.
The findings are nearly identical to those found last year, changing very little in surveys since 2006:
Three-out-of-four white adults (75%) say they’d prefer “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays,” and 61% of African-American adults agree. But among adults of all other races, 49% would rather see “Merry Christmas” on store signage, while 40% prefer “Happy Holidays.”
On one hand, I can see how “Happy Holidays’ may be easier in a pinch; if you don’t know what faith a person practices, if any, an easy non-denominational good wish covers it all. But I also don’t think it should ever be considered a bad thing if anyone says or displays Merry Christmas’.
The Christian holy day celebrates the birth of Christ, and Christians have every right to happily observe the day. Likewise, I would never say that people of other faiths should have to say Happy Holidays’ instead of Happy Hanukkah’, Happy Winter Solstice’ or Happy Kwanzaa’.
Christians put up a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree. We decorate with lights, a nativity scene, and count down the days of advent until we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Why should we have to generalize anything? Why should anyone?
We all celebrate different holidays but they are each unique and they deserve to be recognized for what they are instead of a generalized blanket holiday version solely for the sake of political correctness.
So on Christmas Eve, we’ll be here eagerly waiting for Santa’s arrival, playing Christmas carols and opening a few gifts…and enjoying a very Merry Christmas.