Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays!

Real Estate Agent with Bell Realty Group at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NEP CT #764622

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays

Over the past few years I have found it interesting that during the holiday season the question of whether it which phrase was more acceptable Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.

Merry Christmas or Happy HolidaysFor me I grew up in a pretty traditional Midwestern area and was Thanksgiving was over the phrase Merry Christmas was most common. Then I moved down South and if I remember correctly it was still pretty common to say Merry Christmas. As I continue to think back I believe it wasn't until I moved to New England and was working for the corporate marketing department at a bank that I was really presented with having to decide which was more appropriate. We were creating seasonal marketing pieces for the branches to use and I was quickly told by management that Merry Christmas could be offensive, to which I was very puzzled. What is offensive about Merry Christmas, to me it's a cheery greeting.

But in a polite manner I was reminded the phrase was associated with a Christian religious holiday that not everyone celebrated. Okay, I get it then from a business perspective Happy Holidays was more widely accepted. It wasn’t until I was asked to have materials made that reflected other holiday greetings to different religions that I really questioned is really about the cheery greeting or not.. 

So, I ask do you say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.


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Jamie R Bell, GRI

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Comments (3)

Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

I use Merry Christmas.   Do people really get offended by Merry Christmas?   I know it would not offend me if someone wished me a Happy Hanukkah or Kwanzaa.   I would hope that people would accept it in the spirit that it was intended.  That's just my two cents Jamie.

Dec 10, 2012 08:50 AM
Jamie R. Bell
Bell Realty Group at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NEP - Glastonbury, CT
Your Central CT Realtor

Jim ~ my feelings exactly! I was actually a little confused by the whole things, so my curiosity contiues and was curious what the AR group had to say about the subject. Merry Christmas Jim!

Dec 10, 2012 08:56 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It all depends on the audience. When I do a blast mailing, it's Happy Holidays, and to family and friends it's Merry Christmas, or of course, Happy Festivus

Dec 14, 2012 09:52 PM