sábado, 11 de diciembre de 2010

HAPPY HOLIDAYS OR MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Cartoon: Season's Greetings

This cartoon by Clay Bennett from the Chattanooga Times Free Press relates to the controversy over whether it is preferable to wish someone a "Merry Christmas" or stick to something more generic, like "Season's Greetings", or "Happy Holidays".

BACKGROUND
Some social conservatives in the United States and Canada have charged that "Happy Holidays" is a neologism deliberately coined to be an all-inclusive, generic greeting for the holiday season, which not only includes Christmas, but other (Northern hemisphere) winter holidays like Hanukkah and New Year's. They claim that the term is a bland and politically correct maxim, that is part of an alleged secular "War on Christmas", with the intent of deliberately diminishing the centrality of Christianity.

Advocates, on the other hand, maintain that "Happy Holidays" is an inoffensive and all-inclusive greeting that is not intended as an attack against Christianity or other religions, but rather a response to a growing and increasingly diverse population. [Source: Wikipedia]

A recent survey found that very few Americans are offended when someone wishes them a "Merry Christmas," but most are more likely to say "Happy Holidays" to someone else rather than risk offending them (if they are not Christians, for example).

Well so it is up to you: Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

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