Poll: Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays

Some folks say Merry Christmas while some say Happy Holidays...which greeting do you prefer at this time of the year?


Americans prefer the traditional “Merry Christmas” greeting to the non-specific “Happy Holidays” by a wide margin, according to a Knights of Columbus-Marist Poll.

Nearly two-thirds of adults nationally – 64% – think people should say, “Merry Christmas,” while less than one-third – 31% – believe the appropriate greeting is “Happy Holidays.”  Four percent are unsure.

Patch wants to know which greeting you prefer. Vote in today's poll and feel free to elaborate in the comments section below.


Tom December 24, 2011 at 10:00 AM
You're reaching an 80% on the figure of people who would like to just what is obvious, "Merry Christmas." I usually use the time and place to determine what I would say, but I often side with MC. I also drop a "peace be with you" as well. I respect other religions and enjoy sharing this time of year with them as well -- it makes us all much better people I think and we do have so much in common.
Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead December 24, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Happy Festivus...
Anne K. Mulligan December 24, 2011 at 03:54 PM
On to the Airing of the Grievances, then?
Judy Goldwyn December 24, 2011 at 06:22 PM
I spent the morning visiting food stores for last minute purchases, and thought I'd do an very unofficial survey. In Trader Joe's, Shoprite, Whole Foods and Scratch Baking three times more people said "Happy Holidays" than "Merry Christmas." I was surprised, too. In any case, Merry and Happy whatever you celebrate and Happy New Year.
Krista Surprenant December 24, 2011 at 07:09 PM
As I was on snapfish this year doing my cards- they had some I had never seen before: "Happy Everything." I didn't use it, but considered it. I use Happy Holidays in mixed or public where I do not know the preference, and my cards are always non-specific - this year was "Merry and Bright." Xmas reference without saying it, but around my family and those I know celebrate it, I say Merry Christmas. (I did say Happy Hanukkah to some students this past week though on the first night!)


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