- Merry Christmas!
- Happy Holidays!
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I say Merry Christmas only to people that I know celebrate Christmas. If I don't know whether they do or not (including all strangers who I don't know), the only appropriate thing to say in my opinion is Happy Holidays. If you say Merry Christmas to someone who isn't Christian or who chooses not to celebrate Christmas for whatever reason, you make yourself look ignorant and/or inconsiderate and/or intentionally religiously intolerant.
Most Helpful Girls
Both, and also Season's greetings.
What many people don't understand is that Happy Holidays is Christian in origin. There are many dates between November 1 and January 31st that are celebrated by various Christians, or used to be in the past. And there is the whole Advent season on top of that. People who gripe about "Happy Holidays" don't know much about the liturgical calendar, or how Christians celebrate outside the US.
I voted A. However, I say both. But, I say Merry Christmas more because I try to say the phrase I think they'll appreciate more. Like if I know the person is Jewish, it's kinda disrespectful to tell them Merry Christmas maybe. If I know they're Christian, especially learning more conservative (they tend to get offended more), I'll say Merry Christmas. It's really easy to be respectful and I don't know why people make a big deal about holiday greetings. Would y'all rather I say fuck off? Because I can lol