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Should we use Happy Holidays instead of Happy Christmas?

In the last several years a new debate has begun over Christmas and how to wish others well during the festive season.

In Britain it’s most common to say Happy Christmas or Merry Christmas, but more recently there has been a move to say ‘Happy Holidays’ instead.

This tradition has migrated from North America. Companies and retailers tend to say Happy Holidays rather than Merry Christmas because it’s thought to be more inclusive.

Not everyone celebrates Christmas, which is at its heart a Christian tradition, and by saying Happy Holidays the phrase can incorporate other religious holidays as well.

It’s a simple way to be polite and acknowledge the huge diversity of society.

Other people believe it’s a lot of carry on over nothing, and that generic sayings like Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings strip the season of its magic.

In an increasingly secular society Christmas is no longer as closely associated with the Christian tradition.

Even if you don’t celebrate it as a religious holiday, Christmas is still a festive season most people around the country take part in in some way, whether through Christmas markets or gift exchanges.

What do you think? Is the move to ‘Happy Holidays’ a positive and inclusive step, or an unnecessary shift that creates a problem where there wasn’t one? Share your views below.

Should we use Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas?

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davehughes
1 days ago
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The whole idea of the Christmas is the celebration of Christ's birth! This is now often forgotten and the commercial side has taken over more and more. Other faiths are quite capable of understanding why Christians want to celebrate this great event without feeling excluded in any way. We should therefore do every thing possible to promote the true meaning if only by keeping it Happy Christmas.
Ifiknewthen
1 days ago
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If you are going on holiday then yes wish someone a happy holiday, but if you are celebrating Christmas then Merry Christmas is the greeting. After all if you are having to work during the Christmas period you aren’t on holiday are you ?
Eve Perham
1 days ago
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Since holidays actually means Holy days, I personally don’t have a problem if others prefer to say that, but I will continue to say Merry or Happy Christmas
JackieR22
2 days ago
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No no no no no no no no no
BarbaraR6
2 days ago
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why should we change our traditions to please others in this country we have always referred to christmas and we wish everyone a merry christmas no matter what their religion. I have many friends from many different Faiths and I have never heard any of them object to this,it is just these politicly correct do gooderswho have to cause trouble. Rant over , just like to wish you all a happy christmas and a happy new year wherever and whoever you are.
Dimple1957
3 days ago
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Christmas celebrates the coming of Jesus Christ , the Son of God, into the world to purchase forgiveness for all mankind, on the cross, (as we have all broken God’s laws and are all separated from God), and thereby to reconcile to God any and all who believe in him.
This applies to everybody, and is cause for great celebration.
To remove this historical event from the ‘celebrations’ is missing the whole (and best point). Christ’s entry into the world will never be erased, so let’s enjoy it, benefit by it and celebrate it for what it is; CHRISTMAS!
ecarg
3 days ago
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Happy Christmas or Happy Holidays as long as someone is wishing me happiness it's got to be a good thing.
We should be premoting happiness all year round ,a smile can lift some ones spirits .There are various holidays religious and otherwise throughout the year and I wish everyone a happy time no matter what the reason,
Adrian1946
4 days ago
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Why "Happy Holidays"? What a meaningless expression. Enough of the political correctness! Jesus Christ was born, lived a perfect life, died for us and was resurrected.

How sad that, to avoid offending others, some people are content to deny the reason for the season! Our Muslim neighbours are the first people in the street to put up a Chtistmas Tree and send out Christmas cards. He evidently means something to them!

If you believe in Jesus Christ, then celebrate His birth! If you don't believe in him, Merry Christmas and enjoy yourselves!
doubletrouble
4 days ago
3
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Happy holidays is American so please let it stay there. If you stop saying it at Christmas then you have to stop saying Happy Easter too. There’s a lovely Muslim lady who i see every day in my town selling The Big Issue and at Christmas she dons a Santa hat and wishes everybody Happy Christmas......that’s how it should be.
SusanT83
4 days ago
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there is absolutely nothing offensive about Happy or Merry Christmas so no need to change. No doubt if we ceased naming any religious festival of any religion folk would get upset.
FrancesL7
4 days ago
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Do you use happy holidays for any other holiday? Or is it only at Christmastime when you are encroaching on other greetings such as Happy Christmas or Merry Christmas.
errycarr
4 days ago
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Another Americanism. Happy or Merry Christmas is traditional and is fine. There are lots of other expressions for other religious celebrations so please can we use ours. No offence is intended and I hope none is taken by non-Christians. I'm not a practising Christian but I do like the expression of Christmas-time and certainly not Happy Holidays - it is only a two-day holiday after all whereas Christmas implies the run-up to Christmas with advent too.
mrscomfyman
4 days ago
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Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. I'm not religious at all but I'm not offended by people wishing me a Merry Christmas.
Issy
4 days ago
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I am tired of having to watch every word I say so as not to offend other cultures please live and let live then we may have peace on earth it's only gutless officials that are afraid the so called PC brigade councils etc: most normal people just want to get on with living without stupid reasons to argue and we should all respect each others way of life so we can all live together in peace
JEEM
4 days ago
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Why would we want to change it? It has always been Merry Christmas/Happy Christmas. Happy Holiday is something I personally say to people who are going on holiday in the summer.
Prosseco
4 days ago
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It has always been happy Christmas and it should stay that way .
RonH4
4 days ago
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This is a Christian event and has been recognized as such with paid days off for everyone. My non-christian friends wish me a Merry Christmas and I respond with their religious occasion of the day. We have freedom of religion in Canada and by not recognizing the occasion is discriminatory. Why must everything be about the dollar for businesses. Let's have more paid religious holidays.
iainmedinrun
4 days ago
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This makes my blood boil...it's a Christian festival for those of us who feel it's important to celebrate our origins and our faith.
Inclusive doesn't enter into the discussion - the alternative phrase (I'm not using it) is another capitulation to the zealots who think we should all surrender our individual identities.
Laganriver
4 days ago
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Most certainly not, would I agree to say yes. We have a Christian ethos, I respect other religions and I hope they in turn would respect ours.
JoC22
4 days ago
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What's to say really? You may not celebrate Christmas as a religious festival, but we live in a Christian country, so the least we can do is respect the culture of the country. If we can tolerate the festival's of others, the least you can do is respect ours. If you choose to live within another culture, you should accept the difference not change it.
Ron1621
4 days ago
4
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This is the United Kingdom it is traditional at this time of the year to say Merry Christmas. If North America feels that to say something different is correct for them, fine they’re a different continent. We do it our way they do it theirs. We need to get a grip of reality here. People who are here have in the main come here of choice. That choice means they should be expected to understand what we in this country do. If I chose to go to another country I would rightly be expected to embrace their traditions or if it infringed upon my religious belief not take part but respect what the people of that country are taking part in. That is what should happen here.
oldtimer
4 days ago
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Britain is basically a Christian country, the majority of our laws are built on Christian morals, work breaks/bank holidays were traditionally arranged to coincide with special events of the Christian religion's calendar. Newcomers to Britain are not prohibited from celebrating there own custom feasts, and real diversity should "add to" and NOT deplete established British traditions.
Wednesday is Wednesday, Boxing day is Boxing Day, Christmas is Christmas !!
Merry Christmas to everyone!
FrancesL7
4 days ago
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yeah but look out they may start changing those too!
bigl65
5 days ago
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It is CHRISTmas we are celebrating the birth of JESUS. We are a Christian country and we Say Happy Christmas to one and all we do not discriminate against anyone who celebrate their religous events so leave us to celebrate ours. If you do not like it then may I suggest you go on holiday and come back when it is all over. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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It's Christmas we are celebrating not holidays.
Mash
5 days ago
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Why should we not say Happy or Merry Christmas, we know not everyone celebrates Christmas but that is no reason to stop, after all we do not object to others having their own religious festivals
MaveB
5 days ago
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Absolutely NOT. Merry Christmas is the perfect phrase to use. Those who don’t like it can always stay silent or remove themselves!
HazelB5
5 days ago
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CHRIST being born to be Saviour of all is the reason for CHRISTmas. The purpose of the “holidays” is to celebrate the birth of JESUS.
Aileenk11
5 days ago
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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!!! Merry Christmas
GlynysH
5 days ago
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Americans say Happy holidays because they celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a bigger celebration than Xmas. We should say what we like. I’m Welsh and we say Nadolig Llawen. It’s a greeting.
Aitchess
5 days ago
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If they want to change from calling it Christmas holiday, then it will be just another holiday and it could be taken at any time of the year, who in their right mind wants to change it ?
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Why change ,We respect other religions,and I know muslins like this season as it fills their restaurant,
Barbara10
5 days ago
5
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We should stop trying to make everyone happy, you just cant do it,
ChristineN6
5 days ago
3
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It's Christmas with all the original meaning of it not just a holiday
MarianG
5 days ago
6
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The very name Christmas, lets us know what the season is all about. I read somewhere about a council adopting this policy "In case Muslims were offended." A Muslim spokesman actually commented that they were not offended, after all they had their own celebrations. I believe in keeping Christ in Christmas.
BarbaraH99
5 days ago
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Christmas is a Christian holiday not an 'all inclusive' tradition. If we get rid of Chrismas we should also get rid of ALL religious festivals.
Annie2406
5 days ago
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Christmas starts with Christ. If others don’t like it, they can always leave. If secular folks don’t like it, what are they celebrating for? We are slowly being marginalised in our own country. I always wish Jewish, Seikhs, Hindi etc. friends Happy whatever on their holy days. I once wished Happy Eid to a Muslim acquaintance and she spat in my face. I won’t be doing that again! Neither will I ever stop wishing all and sundry a happy and peaceful Christmas, and if you don’t like it, tough! xxxxxxxxxx
MarionC8
5 days ago
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Slowly, what makes us British is being chipped away. Yes we need to be all inclusive & multicultural but not by losing our country's own unique identity. We are not America!
DiB3
5 days ago
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It's up the the individual. I say Happy Christmas or Merry Christmas. I don't think saying happy holidays is more inclusive. Often those who don't celebrate Christmas continue to work. They don't mind if someone says to them Merry Christmas.
PeterR4
5 days ago
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I see no other faiths changing the names of the holidays they celebrate so why should the christians?
Lyn1953
5 days ago
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NO! NO! NO! We are not American!
PinkLizard
5 days ago
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No, no, no!!!! What a ridiculous idea.
JuneAA
5 days ago
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Absolutely not, I don't know why this is even up for discussion, we have always celebrated Christmas and new year in our own ways, but however we do it, it is still Christmas not just a holiday.
jill corry
5 days ago
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What nonsense!
Merry Christmas one and all
CathyS9
5 days ago
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Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. No other reason for the holiday.
JackyR
5 days ago
2
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People were celebrating this time of year long before Jesus. Biblical evidence indicates he was born in the Spring/early Summer. Actual date isn't given in any area of the Bible as it wasn't considered important. Several hundred years later, the church decided to celebrate at mid-Winter as people were already celebrating the rebirth of the Sun at that time.
That said, it is Christmas time, too, & I hope you have a good one.
PaulaK
5 days ago
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Why change tradition? Not everyone has the ‘holiday’ off!
Maryel
5 days ago
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Would any other religion consider taking the sacred meaning out of their festivals?
Christmas is a Christian festival and no one in the other religions would suggest taking Christ out of Christmas it's just a lily livered American inspired thought.
LesleyC7
5 days ago
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This "perceived offence" is getting out of hand, no other religions would accept such a change and we should not. I am not a religious person but of course I know that Christmas is celebrating the birth of Christ. To take " Devil's advocate" maybe the Christian leaders could accept a different date for His actual birth, October has been muted for many a year, and make that a purely religious celebration!
MarionC8
5 days ago
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Sorry Lesley, but I think you might be contradicting yourself. I understand what you are trying to say by changing the date but as you said at the start of your post no other religion would so why should Christians. To them the Christmas period is a Religious Celebration why change it
JackieM3
5 days ago
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Its not a holiday for some so keep to Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas and also keep to British tradition and not be weak.
AnneF72
5 days ago
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We celebrate Christmas on 25th December, the birth of Jesus. Holidays are taken at any time of year so at this particular time it must be Happy Christmas
LinG
5 days ago
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Merry Christmas Is the right way! When in Rome and all that.
Why are we so weak as a country?
Other countries stand up for there beliefs

Merry Christmas everyone x
Sutton B75
5 days ago
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We are are Christian country and should keep our traditions and beliefs. If others do not agree then do not force your opinions on how we celebrate our Christmas etc.
Happy Christmas everyone!
viking
5 days ago
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Hello VeraS
We do not have Church leaders anymore , in my opinion it finished with Runcie who was the last to have any authority.
The present crew are just "sheep", and will allow themselves to be stepped upon by the PC brigade.
Uphold Christian beliefs- just forget it- for now.
scandiman
8th Dec 2017
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I’m puzzled by the opening paragraph about a ‘new debate over Christmas ‘ . When, where and by whom has this ‘debate’ been conducted? If it is by retailers thinking it is more ‘inclusive ‘ and they’re following an American trend, I can only say they should stop behaving like sheep. They only do it because they want to be seen as modern and ‘on-message’. If I offend anyone with Happy Christmas, I don’t give a damn, our country, our rules.
Pam1960
7th Dec 2017
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One thing to consider about Happy holidays is that not everyone is on holiday. There are many people who work on Christmas Day, doctors, nurses, carers, emergency and essential services and all those working for the NHS and in the hospitality industries
Pam1960
7th Dec 2017
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I celebrate Christmas. I do not send cards or give presents friends who do not. They in turn do not send a card or present to me when they are celebrating their religious holidays. Can we not accept that different faiths have different celebrations and just get on with things without succumbing to more commercial nonsense. I live in Nottingham but have visited Leicester to see the Divali celebrations which are amazing, well worth the visit. I have never sent not received a Divali card and would not want to received a Happy holiday card as it is not my holiday
VeraS
7th Dec 2017
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Why should we if other religions don't like it then tough. If you went to a non Christian country and tried to change it you would certainly be put in place. FORGET the PC brigade they will certainly not change the way I think and I am not religious but I hate the thought this Christian country being pushed around where are CHURCH LEADERS????
lizfid3
7th Dec 2017
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Why do the politically correct brigade think we should bow down to the rest of the world to "avoid offence" when this is OUR COUNTRY. Nowhere else in the world would this be allowed to happen so stop it now. As far as I am aware not one of our ethnic communities is offended in any way by out Christmas.
Christmas is a Christian festival and has to be kept as such. In this country we allow other faiths to celebrate their religious festivals without forcing them to change to avoid offending us (which it doesn't) so why are we being forced into changing ours. Not everything from America is an amazingly good idea!
Dianelily
7th Dec 2017
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It’s our country and should stay Happy Christmas.
Hardly any schools in London hold Nativity Plays now at Xmas which is a disgrace.
LinG
7th Dec 2017
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What other country in the world changes everything to be inclusive?
Happy Christmas or Merry Christmas. The hint is in the name Christ. We are a Christian country.

Do as the Romans do!
Munsterlander
6th Dec 2017
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Always has been Happy Christmas here in GB and always will be
Alicia
6th Dec 2017
6
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No it is Christmas - you can not take Christ out of Christmas.
Woottonm
6th Dec 2017
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This is getting totally out of hand.

What's wrong with Merry Christmas its always been a British Tradition and why should it have to stop after all we do live in Great Britain
Nellbat
6th Dec 2017
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This is just another effort to destroy everything that is British, their culture, their religious festivals, their very way of life. It is Christmas, it is a time to wish people Happy, Merry or Joyous Christmas. Always have and always will. The left wing joy destroyers can go away quietly.
VelH1
6th Dec 2017
5
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No! It has always been Merry Christmas & always should be.

I really don't seen the need to follow traditions of the USA like lemmings. Just take a look at this new trend of "Black Friday"
linj
5th Dec 2017
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No. It’s Christmas, always has been, always will be as far as I’m concerned.
scandiman
5th Dec 2017
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In the opening statement, it says that ‘in an increasingly secular society, Christmas is no longer as closely associated with the Christian tradition ‘. It is the Christ mass. A hint here, it’s a Christ-ian tradition. If it’s not associated with Christ, then what is it? The festival of gift giving? Santa’s birthday? No wonder this country is falling apart when we can’t even agreee what Christmas is for!
scandiman
5th Dec 2017
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No we shouldn’t. I’m fed up with this ‘inclusive’ rubbish. If it offends someone wishing them ‘Happy Christmas ‘, tough. I am a pagan, and I prefer to mark the festival of mid winter, I respect the wishes of others at this time of year. This country has by tradition used ‘Happy Christmas ‘ and that should be accepted.
CaroleAH
5th Dec 2017
5
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We can be polite and acknowledge the huge diversity of our society without having to change our traditions!
Wilf
5th Dec 2017
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At the risk of being controversial I quite like Happy Holidays. It sounds very friendly and is good for the period up to Christmas.
MarianG
5 days ago
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Why can't we have both? Actually, not everyone gets a holiday. It sounds to me like political correctness going over the top.
Marley444
5th Dec 2017
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Don't get me started ... it seems that we are expected to make changes to our traditions to accommodate everyone else. Would other religions change their traditions to accommodate us? We are in danger of slowly eroding all our values and I do have a big concern about this. Whist I am all for being inclusive of others, I feel that we shouldn't have to erode our values in doing so.
CaroleAH
5th Dec 2017
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Well said, Marley444. You have put it in a nutshell 🙂
MrsPat
5th Dec 2017
3
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It has been Merry Christmas for the past few hundred years so why change something that is not broken?
zelda
5th Dec 2017
5
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Why do we feel the need to adopt American customs and celebrations? The salutation has always been happy/merry Christmas and should remain so.
kentrix39
5th Dec 2017
5
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It destroys the feeling of Christmas following the nitwits who are trying to destroy our whole culture.
It must stay Merry Christmas to you or Happy Christmas.

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