Do you say “Merry Christmas or “Happy Holidays”? Many have noted the prominence of the “Happy Holidays” phrasing, arguing that it’s part of what some have called the War on Christmas. I don’t really think there’s a well-organized war against Christmas, but it’s undeniable that the real meaning behind Christmas has been hijacked by retailers in the name of the almighty profit.
As a die hard capitalist I have no problem with the retailers’ Christmas marketing; however, businesses that force their employees to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” ought to be shamed out of business. I get very annoyed when people say “Happy Holidays,” mainly because the phrase is vague and meaningless. I don’t see it as some huge conspiracy against Jesus as some do, but it still bothers me from a language standpoint, and here’s why: