Readers favor ‘Merry Christmas’
“Merry Christmas” is the overwhelming favorite seasonal greeting of Daily readers who responded to an online poll.
A total of 326 answered the two-day unscientific poll, which ended Saturday. Of these, 290 (90 percent) favored “Merry Christmas.”
“Happy holidays” came in second with 21 votes (6.4 percent). Next were “Season’s greetings,” 8 votes; “Happy Hanukkah,” 2 votes; another unspecified greeting, 4 votes; and none, 1 vote.
“I prefer Merry Christmas,” wrote reader Tim Malone by e-mail, “because Jesus is the reason for the season.”
Malone, an Athens native now living in Danville, Va., explained: “To me there is no other inspiration for this season, no matter how those who want to commercialize it for business prosperity. We try to take God out of everything in society for fear of offending nonbelievers. At the same time we see horrific images of nonbelievers who behead Christians.”
He said God is “not at all pleased with the downplaying of Christmas.”
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