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This week's poll:  Does it bother you when someone says 'Happy Holidays' during the Christmas season?

This week's poll: Does it bother you when someone says 'Happy Holidays' during the Christmas season?

SnowmenIt's that time of year again, when the alleged "War on Christmas" is in high gear.  Groups like the American Family Association boycott companies that do not use the word "Christmas" in their retail ads and displays; Fox News complains about "holiday trees."

Does it bother you when you hear 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas?'

Our poll will remain open until Sunday, December 18, 5:00 a.m. Pacific time.  It only takes a second or two to vote, and your answer is anonymous.  While our software tracks IPs to void double voting, your personal identity is never disclosed.

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Does it bother you when someone says 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas?'

  • The only thing that bothers me is the drumbeat of complaints and allegations of a 'War on Christmas' by right wing media and the religious right. (61%, 67 Votes)
  • Yes. (22%, 24 Votes)
  • No. (17%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 110

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  • We all have the right to practices our religion any way we want.

  • Merry Christmas to all

  • It would be nice if everyone could practice their own religion. This is a national holiday so peace and love to all religions. Christians didn't invent the holiday in the beginning, they stole it from other religions before them.

  • When the Religious Reich demands that we say Merry Christ Mass, they are demanding that we all bow down to their desire that everyone worships their deity, which humans created and is no more special or real than Zeus, Apollo, Mithra. I would far rather celebrate the lengthening of days, than something that is not real and the eventual new life on Mother Earth, which is more real and more factual, but I do not wish to worship something that has no contextual substance to me- if that makes any sense at all.

    • zzzzz

      Who is this "Religious Reich" you speak of?

  • Blizno

    The poll is probably going to be skewed because of the questions.

    All respondents who say they're offended by the Right Wing frenzy would vote "no" if the only choices were yes and no.

    The "no" votes are going to be diluted for that reason.

  • We all have the right to practices our religion any way we want.

  • Merry Christmas to all

  • U r right it is Merry Christmas all the way

  • It would be nice if everyone could practice their own religion. This is a national holiday so peace and love to all religions. Christians didn't invent the holiday in the beginning, they stole it from other religions before them.

  • @God: I am assuming your question is predicated upon the perception of the holiday as a one that is Christian. For me Christianity, is a philosophy that is more rooted daily incorporation of its tenets than in ceremonial celebration of some of its parts. As a consequence, Happy Holidays has as much impact as happy Wednesday does on me. I actually feel, too, that all religions are more philosophy than ceremony so I have the same sentiment about saying happy any day celebrated by any other religion.

  • Laura

    Happy Yule, Solstice, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Christmas. Aww screw it. Enjoy any and all celebrations of the season and don't be afraid to correct someone. It's a waste of time and brain space to take offense and argue over it.

  • U r right it is Merry Christmas all the way

  • @God: I am assuming your question is predicated upon the perception of the holiday as a one that is Christian. For me Christianity, is a philosophy that is more rooted daily incorporation of its tenets than in ceremonial celebration of some of its parts. As a consequence, Happy Holidays has as much impact as happy Wednesday does on me. I actually feel, too, that all religions are more philosophy than ceremony so I have the same sentiment about saying happy any day celebrated by any other religion.

  • Rose

    The word "holiday" is derived from "holy day" is it not? I'm Christian but I often say "Have a wonderful holiday" to people I don't know, so I can be inclusive. And because so many places are closed for Christmas that non-Christians get a holiday/day off regardless of their beliefs.

    I do agree with Blizno's comment on skewing the poll.

  • Mel

    I would also interprete it like "holy day" and it does not bother me at all….

  • As we do not celebrate Christmas in this Buddhist (Thailand) country, this poll is rather irrelevant. And what is a Christian anyhow ? There is great diversity among those who claim Christian faith. Many see Christmas as a pagan festival. So the questions for the poll are too limited to give a meaningful result. May He bless you all.

  • I could care less about what someone says at this time of year. It's a celebration for whatever reason and that should be enough for anyone.
    The Fox News morons can F#^# themselves on camera and it would be more news worthy than the reported "War on Christmas". The right wing agenda on Fox is boring and completely fabricated and that has been shown to be true almost every single time they bring up virtually anything where they say Christians and/or conservatives are "under attack". Everyone should know by now to assume that anything coming from Fox New or MSNBC is false until shown on CNN or BBC and then you should fact check it.

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