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‘Happy Holidays’ vs ‘Merry Christmas’ in a year when political correctness was front and center




Florence Papak shops for Christmas cards in a Kmart store December 19, 2005 in Norridge, Illinois.
Florence Papak shops for Christmas cards in a Kmart store December 19, 2005 in Norridge, Illinois.
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It’s December, and aside from celebrations, libations and family gatherings, that means it’s time for the perennial “Happy Holidays” versus “Merry Christmas” debate.

According to a new survey report from the Public Religion Research Institute, the probability of which side you fall on can be predicted based on your political leanings. 66 percent of Democrats said stores should use general greetings, like “Happy Holidays,” while 67 percent of Republicans said businesses should stick with “Merry Christmas.” Independents are nearly evenly divided – 44 percent for “Happy Holidays” and 48 percent for “Merry Christmas.”

This is reflected in the microcosm of the executive branch as well. While campaigning, Trump repeatedly said he would bring back “Merry Christmas” – meanwhile Obama has recently sent out his eighth “Happy Holidays” card.

How should business greet their customers and why? Is your perspective rooted in political ideology?



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