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December 17, 2007

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays

Filed under: Politics, Religion, Society, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Joe De Luca @ 10:36 pm

Which greeting do you prefer? And, is there really a difference between the two?

Is this a case of religious fanaticism vs secularization, or simple etymological ambiguity? Some people are offended when they hear Happy Holidays, or Merry Christmas, depending on their ideological leanings.

The word Christmas comes from Christ’s Mass, or the mass of Christ. Pagan origins. Holidays is a corruption of Holy Days. In its current use Holidays has a commercial connotation, but the same could be said for Christmas.

The bottom line is that both terms could be religious or irreligious, depending on intent. Happy Holidays does not replace Merry Christmas, it is simply a collective term for the Holidays, which happen to include Christmas day.

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  1. Thanx for the comment. I’m just getting so sick of the culture war. I’m glad to know that others feel the same way.

    Comment by dezrah — December 20, 2007 @ 8:30 am

  2. There’s a lot more people that think it the way we do, than fanatics.

    Comment by quasidailynews — December 20, 2007 @ 7:51 pm

  3. I think “happy holidays” carries with it a hidden agenda. …sort of like “take that” with a smile. If you are interested, I recommend http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/11/29/happy-holidays-as-a-weapon/

    Comment by euandus2 — November 30, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

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    Comment by Zenobia Zasuwa — September 10, 2011 @ 3:48 am

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