Merry Christmas, or is it Happy Holidays?

The annual tradition of opening the debate on whether Canadians should say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” has begun.

Let me begin by asking a couple of questions; first, if I was living in India, would I expect everyone to say to me “Happy Holidays” when people are celebrating Diwali, the festival of light?

If I was in Israel would I expect people to say “Happy Holidays” to me during the celebration of Hanukkah?

So, which is it, Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?


  1. Personally, Im easy going. Either way. I celebrate Christmas, so I usually say “Merry Christmas”. That being said, if I know someone else is celebrating something else, I’d say something to show I pay enough attention to know they celebrate it.

    Either way, 2 week vacation for teachers! YIPEE!

  2. I agree with Kelsey. I use Happy Christmas, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and whatever else creates a smile. However, what do shopkeepers say to their customers? That is where the annual debate really kicks off.

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