Holiday greeting debate; What do you say?

How do you greet people this time of year, Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

The debate over which is more appropriate has been going on for years. Often a person's religious beliefs play a role.

"For me it's Merry Christmas, because it is what I celebrate. it's not that I'm insensitive to others, it's my belief," said Father Jim Sichko of St. Mark Catholic Church in Richmond.

"There are many folks that have holidays around this time of year, obviously. But then there are other folks that don't, so something, like a phrase seasons greetings, can make everybody feel welcome," said Rabbi Moshe Smolkin, with the Ohavay Zion Synagogue.

A Knights of Columbus-Marist poll found nearly sixty-four percent of adults think people should say Merry Christmas. Thirty- percent said Happy Holidays was an appropriate greeting.


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