OK, let’s get into it.
A couple news items of note have crossed my laptop over the past 18 hours, both related to whether it should be “Merry Christmas!” or “Happy Holidays.”Which do you prefer?
Now to the news.
Item #1: An Arizona woman, who’s also a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, says she was assaulted for saying the generic “Happy Holidays.”
Kristina Vindiola says a woman hit her outside a Phoenix Walmart.
“The lady looked at me,” said Vindiola. “I thought she was going to put money in the kettle. She came up to me and said, ‘Do you believe in God?’ And she says, ‘You’re supposed to say Merry Christmas,’ and that’s when she hit me.”
Vindiola says the woman hit her in the arm and then went inside the store. She told a manager who then called police. Shoppers that Scripps sister station ABC15 spoke with said they understand how some people can get offended.
Item #2: According to a new survey, Americans prefer that stores and businesses welcome them with the more generic “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” than “Merry Christmas,” according to data released today by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service.
Nearly half of Americans (49 percent) say they choose a non-religious December greeting “out of respect for people of all faiths,” up from 44 percent in a 2010 survey by PRRI.
Is “Merry Christmas” losing out to political correctness? Not with YDR readers. Here is a sampling of Facebook comments recorded this morning:
Ed Boardman Merry Christmas, YDR.
Like · Reply · 12 · 46 minutes ago
Ashley Berrios Nope I Merry Christmas the crap out of people!
Like · Reply · 11 · 43 minutes ago
John P. Morley I think any survey can be tainted to the desired outcome.
Like · Reply · 6 · 43 minutes ago via mobile
Alexandra Weaver I think that whatever greeting you’re given, you should respond with, “thank you” and that it’s acceptable to return the greeting with one of your choice.
Like · Reply · 5 · 23 minutes ago
Mandy Hockensmith Dont believe in god u shouldnt even be celebrating the “holiday” because without him it wouldnt be one. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
Like · Reply · 5 · 26 minutes ago via mobile
Darlene Dolly Zartman Owens I say Merry Christmas! After all isn’[t that why we celebrate this Holy day, because of Christ’s birth. Makes me wonder where the statistics come from.
Like · Reply · 4 · 23 minutes ago
Tammy Beck ALLL I have to say is THEY SURVEYED THE WRONG ONES… IT’S MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
Like · Reply · 4 · 24 minutes ago via mobile
Kimberly Snyder I don’t care what people say or want me to say.
Like · Reply · 4 · 46 minutes ago
William Anderson I have more important things to worry about
Like · Reply · 4 · 34 minutes ago via mobile
Andrea Niehoff Goodson We wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Like · Reply · 2 · 39 minutes ago
So again I ask, which do you prefer?