I always say Happy Holidays, since most faiths have a holiday at this time of year. Merry Christmas is reserved for those we KNOW celebrate only Christmas. If we don't know the people, why use a completely exclusionary "greeting" like "Merry Christmas" if that may not be at all what THEY celebrate????
Merry christmas usually, but people who I dont know if they celebrate christmas or if they are jewish or something I just say happy holidays. :]
Interesting. If I KNOW folks are Christian, we say Merry Christmas. If I know they are Jewish (not "or something"), then we say HAPPY Hanukkah! Happy Holidays is great if we don't have a clue what the celebrate, if anything.
Warms the cockles of my heart seeing SO many people here that are SENSITIVE to the fact that MAYBE NOT EVERYONE CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS and thus a HAPPY HOLIDAYS is a very ALL inclusive greeting and there is NOTHING demeaning about it to Christians or anyone else!
Depends on who I am talking to. To a Christian I say Merry Christmas, to a Jew I say Happy Hanukkah, to a Pagan I say Happy Yule or Blessed Solstice, to an agnostic I say Happy Holidays. To people I don't know well enough to know their persuasion I might just say Season's Greetings or something generic. Have a great day works as well!