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Culture Political Correctness

Poll: Majority Prefer ‘Merry Christmas’ to ‘Happy Holidays’

Written by Philip Hodges

While the term ‘Happy Holidays’ has been used at least since the 1860s, many people today view the term as a “politically correct” alternative to ‘Merry Christmas.’ It’s a way to be more “inclusive” and not exclude other religious holidays. The problem is, no matter what you say, someone ends up being offended or at least bothered by it. You can’t please everybody.

According to a recent survey, most people don’t seem to like using ‘Happy Holidays.’

In a Marist poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and conducted at the beginning of December, a majority of those surveyed said they preferred ‘Merry Christmas’ to ‘Happy Holidays.’

In addition, nearly 80 percent “strongly” or “very strongly” associated the meaning of Christmas with the birth of Jesus Christ. CNS News reported:

Among the 1,005 adults surveyed, nearly six in 10 (57 percent) said they prefer “Merry Christmas,” and fewer than four in 10 (37 percent) preferred “Happy Holidays.”

“The vast majority of Americans celebrate Christmas and prefer ‘Merry Christmas’ to a generic greeting,” said Knights CEO Carl Anderson of the results. “Celebrating Christmas is a reminder that Christ came into the world out of love for us and to teach us to love one another.”

Additionally, the Marist poll found that nearly eight in 10 (79 percent) Americans “strongly” or “very strongly” identified the birth of Jesus with the meaning of Christmas. Sixty-three percent of Americans also link the meaning of Christmas with attending church services.

The survey was conducted from Dec. 1-9 among adults 18 years of age and older.

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