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Christmas and the English Language

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:

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