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Where a Roman Catholic deacon ponders the world
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  • 12/17/10--07:08: By: Tony Rossi
  • From a language usage standpoint, using any one word exclusively (holiday or Christmas) sounds awful. I remember a Food Network special a few years back in which the host was making a "holiday" meal. Over the course of the hour, he used the word "holiday" over 100 times, never mentioning any specific holiday. It was very annoying - at least for a writer-ly type like me.

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  • 12/17/10--16:43: By: Deacon John M. Bresnahan
  • I don't know who this outfit polled (trolls under bridges,maybe) but Rasmussen is one of the most reliable pollsters in America. And according to his latest poll on this topic almost 70% of Americans prefer that stores say "Merry Christmas" and only 24% prefer "Happy Holidays. His report on the internet said that this is consistent with past surveys. Since Huffington Post's reputation is one of whacked out liberalism (while Rasmussen is respected by all sides of the left-right spectrum) one can certainly doubt the integrity of the Post poll and its use for anti-Christmas propaganda. Whenever a clerk says to me "Happy Holidays" I always reply with a pleasant smile: "Merry Christmas." And from the quick huge smiles and the hearty "Yes!! Merry Christmas!!" I almost always receive in reply- one can only wonder at the enforced trashing of Christmas that is being ordered of employees by some big, powerful corporations. Yet Christmas is merchandisers most powerful cash cow. Maybe it is time to find ways for Christians to stop playing patsies for their bottom-line lust. (Like hand-craft modest gifts and make donations to charities that feed, clothe, and house the desperately poor around the world--imagine how much food money selfishly spent on a big screen HD-TV could buy for starving children). Maybe it is time to stop gorging ourselves to the point of puking over all our goodies (or rioting outside Wal-Marts to make sure we set a rotten example for our kids about what the true meaning of Christmas is--getting this year's "must" electronic toy at all costs.)

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  • 12/22/10--13:33: By: Catholic Charities
  • The "Merry Christmas" v. "Happy Holidays" debate...

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  • 12/22/10--23:16: By: Charlie Marchello
  • RT @CathCharitiesNY: The "Merry Christmas" v. "Happy Holidays" debate...

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  • 12/12/12--20:49: By: Santa
  • This seems like a ridiculous thing to argue about. Instead of quibbling about word choice, people should reflect on the feeling behind it- whether it's 'happy holidays' or 'merry christmas' the basic idea is 'have a nice time'!There are hundreds of real problems in the world. This really isn't one of them.