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December 18, 2013

Holiday greetings -- the great debate

Facebook question prompts many responses

PLATTSBURGH — Want to start a vigorous debate?

Just ask whether store clerks should say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” to customers this time of year.

You are guaranteed a flood of strong feelings.

A recent Speakout shared this viewpoint: “If employees don’t greet customers with Merry Christmas, you shouldn’t be allowed to do business in this country.”

We posted that comment on the Press-Republican Facebook page and asked followers: What do you think about the whole issue?

We were buried under more than 60 responses within a couple of hours.

Here’s a sampling:

Cheryl Ketterer Nadrowski: “Isn’t it more important that whatever greeting is used ... the clerk is professional and polite. Why if someone wishes you a Merry Christmas ...Happy Kwanza....etc. can’t we simply smile say: ‘Thank you...and you as well?’”

Vince O’Driscoll: “If someone is offended by ‘Happy Holidays,’ then I suggest he/she seek therapy. This is a ridiculous debate. To assume that every single person to enter a store is Christian is self-centered, close-minded and exclusionary. If someone is Jewish, and the clerk wishes him/her Merry Christmas, should he/she declare a ‘War on Hanukkah?’”

Kathryn Roushia: “I really don’t see why people have to get all bent out of joint if people say happy holidays. It is a HOLIDAY!!!!! And there are other religious HOLIDAYS that people celebrate other than Christmas. I’ve known families who celebrate Hanukkah & Christmas, so should I then say Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah to everyone as well. What about Kwanzaa? It’s really close minded to assume EVERYONE celebrates the same holiday.”

Elizabeth Rowe: “I would be happy with a smile and a thank you..”

Rebecca Lawrence: “It should be Happy Holidays as Christmas isnt the only holiday that we celebrate during this time! Why should we be rude to anyone?!”

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